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28th. January Tuesday
Mr. Edward Greaves, one of the feoffees of Chetham’s Hospital, died at Culcheth, aged 75, January 28.(7)

4th. February Tuesday
Rev. Joseph Hoole died 4th Feb. He was a son of Rev. Joseph Hoole, rector of St. Ann’s, and was educated at the Grammar School, and at Oxford, where he was Vice-President of Magdalene College.(7)

20th. February Thursday
Mrs. Roger Aytoun, of Chorlton Hall, died February 20. She was the widow of a rich apothecary, Thomas Minshull, and married “Spanking RogerAytoun, of Inchdarnie, a man very much younger than herself.(7)

21st. March Friday
A fatal duel was fought with swords between Captain Mouncey of the 79th Regiment, and Cornet Hamilton, in Spencer’s Tavern, in the Market Place, March 21. The former was killed. The quarrel originated in a dispute as to the respective qualities of two dogs. Mr. Hamilton was acquitted by a coroner’s jury, and Mr. Mouncey had a public funeral at St John’s Church.(7)

6th. May Tuesday
The foundation stone of the New Bailey Bridge was laid May 6; the bridge was opened for passengers and carriages in 1785; the toll taken off, January 31, 1803. It was owned by subscribers, who, during eighteen years, received toll, which repaid them for the capital invested and seven and a half per cent. The toll for the last year was let for £1,150.(7)

17th. May Saturday
Rev. John Wesley visited Manchester, May 17. Here he had an enormous sacramental service, at which thirteen or fourteen hundred communicants were present. “Such a sight,” says he, “as, I believe, was never seen in Manchester before.” “I believe,” he adds, “there is no place but London where we have so many souls so deeply devoted to God.” (7)

24th. June Tuesday
The Description of Manchester, by a native of the town, price one shilling, was printed by Charles Wheeler. June 24.(7)

12th. July Saturday
Mr. Thomas Tipping, of Ardwick, died July 12.(7)

30th. August Saturday
The Manchester Regiment (the 72nd) returned from Gibraltar, and were presented with five shillings each, together with their pay and arrears, 30th August, and were disbanded 9th September.(7)

23rd. September Tuesday
Mrs. Phoebe Byrom, sister to the late Mr. John Byrom, died September 23, aged 85 years.(7)

1783
An air balloon ascended from the Infirmary gardens, and alighted at Cromford, Derbyshire. One shilling was the charge for admittance to witness the ascent, and the proceeds were devoted to the benefit of the Infirmary.(7)

1783 Manchester
Mr. Titus Hibbert, writing to a Prussian correspondent as to the trade of the town, says: “The greatest quantity of foreign yarn is imported from Hamburg and Bremen, Dantzig and Konisberg, and the greatest part of it, by far, is manufactured at Manchester, and by the manufacturers who live in the country and lesser towns, near enough to come weekly to Manchester, which they do, to buy yarn and cotton and sell goods; the rest at Blackburn, Preston, Wigan, Walton, Nottingham, etc.” (Mrs. Hibbert Ware’s Life of Samuel Hibbert Ware.)(7)

1783 Manchester
The river Tib was covered over with a culvert.(7)

1783. Prestwich-Whittington
William Sturgeon, electrician, discoverer of the electro-magnet, &c., born at Whittington, North Lancashire. Died at Prestwich, December 4, 1850; buried in the graveyard of Prestwich Parish Church. Memorial tablet in Kirby Lonsdale Church.
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