1st. February Friday Alkrington-Manchester
Sir Ashton Lever,Knt., of Alkrington, died at the Bull’s Head Inn, Manchester, February 1. Having as a young man shot a “white sparrow,” it formed the starting point of an important but very miscellaneous collection of objects of natural history and archæology, known as the Leverian Museum. Financial difficulties induced Sir Ashton to part with this collection, and Parliament authorised a lottery for the purpose in 1785. The winner afterwards disposed of it by public auction in 1806, when the sale occupied 65 days. It has been surmised that Sir Ashton’s death was due to poison self-administered.(7)

1st. February Friday Prestwich
Sir Ashton Lever died, February 1st. Interred at Prestwich, where he was baptised and married.

28th February Thursday Middleton-Radcliffe
Samuel Bamford born, at Middleton, February 28. Died April 13, 1872; buried in Middleton Churchyard. In chap. 19 of his "Early Days," he tells of visiting "a famous seer of Radcliffe Bridge," known as "Limping Billy."

18th. March Tuesday
Mr. Thomas Burchell died 18th March. He was for several years the con­ductor of the Gentlemen’s Concert.(7)

19th. March Wednesday
Mr. Aulay Macaulay died March 19, 1788. He was a tea dealer in St. Ann’s Square, and was also the author of a system of shorthand which does not possess any great merit. (Guardian Notes and Queries, June 12, 1876.)(7)

29th. March Saturday
“On the 29th [March] a most daring murder and robbery was committed near Miles Platting, on the York road, on the person of Mr. Worthington, the York carrier, who had scarcely left the house where he had stayed to drink than he was shot dead, and his watch and purse taken from him, though so near three men on the road before him as to be heard to beg for life. A man has been apprehended on suspicion, but discharged for want of evidence.” (Gentleman’s Magazine, vol. lvii., p. 355.)(7)

Mr. Henry Sedden died in March. He was buried at the Collegiate Church, of which he had been sexton for 30 years.(7)

13th. April Sunday
The Rev. John Wesley preached in Oldham Street Chapel, 13th April. He was then in his 86th year.(7)

20th. May Tuesday
St. Michael’s Church, Angel Street, was built by the Rev. Humphrey Owen, M.A., Chaplain of the Collegiate Church, and consecrated July 23, 1789. The presentation was vested in the heirs of the founder for sixty years, and afterwards in the warden and fellows of the Collegiate Church. Foundation stone laid May 20.(7)

26th. May Monday
Heywood’s Bank established in St. Ann’s Street, May 26; afterwards known as Heywood Brothers and Co. It was amalgamated with the Manchester and Salford Bank, of which it is the St. Ann’s Street Branch.(7)

24th. June Tuesday
Mr. John Wilson, Captain in the 72nd, or Manchester Volunteers, died June 24.(7)

18th. August Monday
St. James’s Church, George Street, was built by the Rev. Cornelius Bayley, D.D., and consecrated August 18. The presentation was vested in the heirs of the founder for sixty years, and then in the warden and fellows of the Collegiate Church.(7)

The total number of scholars in Sunday schools of Manchester and Salford was estimated 4,000 in August.(7)

24th. September Wednesday
The Congregational Chapel, Mosley Street, was opened 24th September. (See under date 1819.)(7)

11th. December Thursday
The foundation stone of St. Peter’s Church, Mosley Street, which was founded by the Rev. Samuel Hall, M.A., was laid 11th December this year. It was consecrated September 6, 1794. The presentation was vested in twenty-one trustees for sixty years from the date of the consecration deeds, and afterwards in the wardens and fellows of the Collegiate Church. The church was built from the design of Mr. James Wyatt. The altar piece is a “Descent from the Cross,” attributed to Annibal Carracci.(7)

From an enumeration made at Christmas it appeared that Manchester had 5,916 houses, 8,570 families, and 48,821 persons. In Salford there were 1,260 houses, and an estimated population of 7,566.(7)

The centenary of the Revolution of 1688 was celebrated in a variety of ways. The military fired a feu de joie in St. Ann’s Square.(7)

A meeting was held in Manchester to consider the great depression of the cotton manufacture, arising from the “importation of Indian goods;” and Government was solicited to allow a drawback as an encouragement to the export of English products. It was estimated that the cotton manufacture employed 159,000 men, 90,000 women, and 101 children. (7)

The art of bleaching with oxymuriatic acid was introduced by Mr. Thomas Henry.(7)

1788. Radcliffe
Silk weaving was commenced in this year at Radcliffe.