1775       

20th. May Saturday
Mr. Abraham Clarke, bookseller, died May 20.(7)

5th. June Monday
The Theatre Royal, in Spring Gardens, was built and opened June 5.(7)

24th. August Thursday
The first stone was laid of the Gentlemen’s Concert Room in Fountain Street, by Edward Greaves, Esq., of Culcheth, August 24.(7)

6th. October Friday
16 George III. cap 55. Act to enable the trustees of certain charity lands belonging to the poor of Salford to grant building leases thereof. 6th October.(7)

1775
Mr. Richard Arkwright took out another patent for carding, drawing, and roving frames.(7)

1775
The ducking-stool was still in use. It was an open-bottomed chair of wood, placed upon a long pole, balanced on a pivot, and suspended over a sheet of water at Pool Fold. It was afterwards suspended over the Daub-holes-the Infirmary pond and was used for the purpose of punishing scolds and dis­orderly women.(7)

1775
In the course of a debate in the House of Lords, the Bishop of London opposed the passing of the bill for a theatre, on the grounds that Manchester was a manufacturing town, and nothing could be more destructive to the welfare of the place than the introduction of such an institution. On the other hand, the Earl of Carlisle supported the project for a theatre, because the town had become the seat of Methodism. He said: “I know not of any way so effectual to eradicate that dark, odious, and ridiculous enthusiasm as by giving to the people cheerful, rational amusements, which may operate against their methodistical melancholy.” The bill passed. “An Act for enabling His Majesty to license a playhouse in the town of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster” is reprinted in Earwaker’s Local Gleanings, vol. iii., p. 311.(7)

1775
A public subscription for the improvement of the town by the widening of St. Mary’s Gate, the passage between the Exchange and St. Ann’s Square, and the making of a street on the easterly side of Old Millgate, realised £10,771 3s. 6d. (Earwaker’s Local Gleanings, No. 274.)(7)

1775
An act (16 George III. cap. 63) was obtained for widening several streets near the centre of the town and for opening new streets.(7)

1775
Several curious gold and silver coins were dug up in Castle Field.(7)