1792       

31st. January Tuesday
32 George III. cap. 69. Act for cleansing, watching, and regulating the streets, lanes, passages, and places within Manchester and Salford, and for widening and rendering more commodious several of the said streets, lanes, and passages, and for other purposes therein mentioned. January 31. Reprinted, 1842.(7)

15th. February Wednesday
Mr. Thomas Walker, upon the expiration of his office of boroughreeve, published the first account which had ever appeared of the different charities which had been under his official management and distributiqn, February 15.(7)

February
Special services were held in February in various Lancashire churches,when the collections in aid of the Manchester Charities amounted to £4,887 16s. 1½d.(7)

31st. March Saturday
The Manchester Herald, No. 1, March 31, was printed and published by Messrs. Faulkner and Birch, in the Market Place, price 3½d. It ceased March 23, 1793.(7)

24th. June Sunday
The Police Act for Manchester and Salford came into force, June 24.(7)

30th. July Monday
“On Monday, July 30, the morris dancers of Pendleton paid their annual visit to Salford. They were adorned with all the variety of colours that a profusion of ribbons could give them, and had a very showy garland.” (Ritson’s Robin Hood.)(7)

26th. August Sunday
Sir Richard Arkwright, knight, of Willersley Castle, Derbyshire, died August 26. He was born at Preston in 1732, and was brought up as a barber. After struggling through various adversities, he availed himself of other men’s inventions in the cotton manufacture, by which he is said to have acquired a fortune of nearly a million sterling within the space of twenty-two years. In 1786 he was high sheriff of Derbyshire, and was knighted by the King on presenting an address in his official character. His claims as an inventor have been warmly contested, but there is no doubt as to the power of organisation by which he practically created the factory system.(7)

29th. August Wednesday
The second Manchester Subscription Library was established 29th August.(7)

20th. September Thursday
The Assembly Rooms, Mosley Street, were opened September 20. There were 100 subscribers at £50. A further call of £20 was made. The Assembly Rooms were sold by auction for £9,000 in 1850, and warehouses built upon the site. (See under date 1795). (7)

10th. December Monday
The office of the Manchester Herald, in the Market Place, was destroyed by a political mob, December 10, 1793. The Manchester Herald ceased March 23, 1793. The following curious handbill was circulated: “Violent Dissolution, being the Exit of Mons. Herald, of Manchester, a near relative to Mons. Argus, of London, who expired on Saturday last, to the great regret of the Jacobins, Painites, &c., but particularly to the Black Cat.” It advocated Liberal principles, and so its publishers became the objects of persecution. They were obliged to find refuge in a foreign land.(7)

1792
Two of the pinnacles of the Collegiate Church tower fell, one into the churchyard, and the other through the roof and gallery to the floor of the nave.(7)

1792
The Antiquary, September, 1884, contains an account of a journey to Manchester and Liverpool made by Mr. William Phillips, of Worcester. He was a visitor to his brother, Mr. Thomas Phillips, of Manchester, the father of Sir Thomas Phillips, of Middle-Hill, The Bridgewater Canal excited his admiration.(7)

1792
A Provincial Conference of the New Church (Swedenborgian) held at Salford. (Hindmarsh’s Rise, &c., p. 140.)(7)

1792
A Dispensary was erected adjoining the Infirmary.(7)

1792
The Exchange was taken down, and the site marked by a stone pillar and posts.(7)

1792
An Act (32 George III. cap. 84) was obtained for cutting a canal from Manchester to Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham.(7)

1792
An Independent Chapel erected in Cannon Street. The site is now covered by warehouses.(7)

1792
The Rev. Thomas Aynscough died at the age of seventy. He was for thirty-two years a fellow of the Collegiate Church.(7)

1792
A pamphlet appeared entitled The Necessity of a Speedy Reform in Parliament, Manchester, 1792, by George Philips (first baronet). Ford wrote on his copy that the author was “said to be greatly assisted by Dr. Ferriar.” (Palatine Note-book, vol. iv., p. 174.) It advocates woman suffrage.(7)