1772       

March
Daniel Newton, a native of Oldham, who was apprenticed to a grocer in Manchester, made a vow to eat only bread and water from March to October. A clergyman having vainly tried to persuade him from this course of action, his master, in September, sent the boy to the Lunatic Asylum, then forming part of the Infirmary. From thence the clergyman obtained his release, and on being taken home he fell into a sleep which lasted for six weeks. In this trance he had visions of another world. Such is the narrative given in Walker’s Extraordinary Warnings from the Invisible World, which is quoted in the Manchester Guardian Local Notes and Queries No. 1237.(7)

5th. April Sunday
John Wesley visited Manchester April 5. He “drank tea at Am. 0.” (probably Adam Oldham’s), and remarks: “But how was I shocked! The children that used to cling about me, and drink in every word, had been at a boarding school. There they had unlearned all religion, and even seriousness, and had learned pride, vanity, affectation, and whatever could guard them against the knowledge and love of God. Methodist parents who would send your girls headlong to hell, send them to a fashionable boarding school.” (Tyerman’s Life of Wesley, vol iii., p. 120.)(7)

27th. September Sunday
Mr. James Brindley died at his house, Turnhurst, near Golden Hill, Staffordshire, in his fifty-sixth year, September 27. The life of this famous engineer has been graphically told by Dr. Samuel Smiles in his Lives of the Engineers. To his skill and genius was due the successful construction of the Bridgewater Canal, which had so important an influence upon the fortunes of Lancashire.(7)

1st. October Thursday
Passage boats were established by the Duke of Bridgewater. They carried passengers upon his canal from Manchester to within two miles of Warrington. October 1.(7)

27th. October Tuesday
Mr. Robert Whitworth died Oct. 27. He was for many years a well-known printer, and was the publisher and proprietor of the Manchester Magazine. (7)

9th. December Wednesday
Mr. Jeremiah Clarke, the inventor of cotton velvet, died at Bolton, December 9.(7)

1772
Mr. John Lees, a Quaker, of Manchester, invented the feeder in the manufacture of cotton.(7)

1772
Mr. John Kay, of Bury, received a present of 200 guineas from the Manchester manufacturers for his invention of a double jenny, which was exhibited in the Exchange.(7)

1772
Mrs. Elizabeth Raffald, author of The Experienced English Housekeeper, published the first Manchester and Salford Directory. (See under date 1781.)(7)

1772
A police office was first established at Manchester on the recommendation of Sir John Fielding. It was opened at the offices of Messrs. Chippendall and Milne, in Bow Street.(7)