1790       

11th. February Thursday
Mr. James Hall, surgeon, of King Street, died February 11.(7)

February
The Theatre Royal was rebuilt after the fire of 1789, and reopened in February.(7)

4th. April Sunday
On Easter Sunday, the Rev. John Wesley preached twice, and held a sacramental service at which there were about sixteen hundred communicants. This was his last visit to Manchester. (7)

6th. May Thursday
Manchester Lying-in Hospital, founded May 6, by Charles White, F.R.S., and his son, Dr. White, and Messrs. Edward and R. Hull. Patients were attended at their homes until a house near Salford Bridge was taken in 1795. The Bath Inn, Stanley Street, was bought for £1,000, and converted into an hospital, 1796. This was sold by auction May 5, 1822. The Hospital had then removed to North Parade, St. Mary’s, October 10, 1821. The foundation stone of the new hospital was laid by the Bishop of Manchester, September 3, 1855, and opened October 10, 1856.(7)

21th. June Monday
An Act of Parliament (30 George III. cap. 81) was obtained for the purpose of “providing a new poorhouse for, and for the better relief and government of, the poor of the township of Manchester, in the county of Lancaster.” 21st June.(7)

12th. July Monday
Oxford Road, from St. Peter’s Church, was opened July 12.(7)

9th. August Monday
The organ at Trinity Chapel, Salford, was opened, August 9th. It was built by Schultz, of London.(7)

16th. August Monday
Mr. Thomas Taylor, lieutenant in the 72nd, or Manchester Volunteers, died August 16.(7)

11th. September Saturday
James Macnamara hanged 11th September, on Kersal Moor, for a burglary committed in the house of Mr. Cheetham, at the sign of the “Dog and Part­ridge,” Stretford, in January. He was executed on the large hill. (7)

October
The “Manchester Constitutional Society” established, to “effect a reform in the representation of the people in Parliament.” October.(7)

14th. November Sunday
Rev. Humphrey Owen died 14th November. He was born at Aberystwith in 1723, and after graduating at St. John’s College, Oxford, became Chaplain of the Collegiate Church, but acted as the substitute of Rev. Abel Ward, at St. Ann’s, after 1751 until 1789, when he was appointed the first rector of St. Michael’s, Angel Meadow, in the erection of which he had been largely instrumental. (Bardsley’s Memorials, p. 89.) (7)

21st. December Tuesday
A large building, situated near Hanover Street, fell down, owing to the springing of an arch in the foundation. The upper part was used as a cotton mill, and at the time there were twenty-two persons at work, several of whom were killed, and others seriously hurt. December 21.(7)

1790
The lord of the manor brought an action in the Court of King’s Bench, claiming by prescription a weekly market on Saturdays for the sale of flour and oatmeal and other goods. The case was tried at the Lancaster Summer Assizes, when the plaintiff was nonsuited, but a rule for a new trial having been obtained was made absolute after argument. It does not appear whether the plaintiff ultimately succeeded. Mosley v. Pierson, 4 Term Reports (Durnford V. East),104.(7)

1790
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Gravel Lane, Salford, was built.(7)

1790
The House of Correction, Hunt’s Bank, was taken down.(7)

1790
Manchester paid in postages £11,000, which was a larger amount than any other provincial town.(7)

1790
The Sessions Court, attached to the New Bailey Prison, was erected.(7)

1790
Mr. Kenrick Price, of Manchester, died at Liverpool. He was a tea dealer, and the last Bishop of the Nonjurors in the neighbourhood.(7)

1790
Power looms were introduced into Manchester by Mr. Grimshaw. (Butterworth.)(7)

1790
Messrs. Grimshaw, of Gorton, erected a factory at Knot Mill for the introduction of power-looms into Manchester, which was burnt down before they commenced work.(7)

1790
The cotton spinners of Lancashire and Scotland solicited permission of the Government to incorporate themselves into a “Company of Traders,” with privi­leges similar to those enjoyed by the East India Company, with whom, it seems, they considered themselves otherwise unable to compete.(7)

1790
30 George III. cap. 68. Act for making and maintaining a navigable canal from Manchester to or near Presto-lee-Bridge, in the township of Little Lever, and from thence by one branch to or near the town of Bolton and by another branch to or near the town of Bury, and to Weddell Brook, in the parish of Bury.(7)