1768       

January
Mr. John Wainwright, who was appointed organist of the Collegiate Church, May 12, 1767, died in January. He composed the tune to Byromís ďChristians, Awake !Ē (Manchester Guardian Local Notes, No. 259; City News Notes and Queries, i., 231.)(7)

2nd. February Tuesday
The shock of an earthquake was felt at Manchester, February 2.(7)

28th. April Thursday
The first stone of St. Johnís Church laid by Edward Byrom, April 28. This church, situated between Higher and Lower Byrom Street, is a modern Gothic structure, with a tower steeple, containing a musical peal of eight bells, and a clock which faces four ways. The church was founded by Edward Byrom, and consecrated July 7, 1769. By the Act of Parliament for building this church, the presentation of the first and second incumbents was vested in the founder and his heirs. A petition was signed by many of the inhabitants for presentation to the House of Lords in favour of the bill for the erection of St. Johnís. It is printed in the Palatine Note-book, vol iv., p. 81.(7)

2nd. September Friday
Christian VII., King of Denmark, visited Manchester, and lodged at the Bullís Head, in the Market Place, September 2.(7)

1768
Mr. Thomas Butterworth Bayley, of Hope Hall, appointed high sheriff. (7)