1803       

1st January Saturday
The Manchester Telegraph and Weekly Advertiser, No. 1, January 1, price sixpence, was printed and published by James Edmonds and Co., Bow Lane.(7)

31 January Monday
The last toll at the New Bailey Bridge was paid off, January 31.(7)

8th March Tuesday
Francis Egerton, Duke of Bridgewater, died 8th March. He was born 20th May, 1736, and succeeded to the title on the death of his brother in 1748. An early disappointment in love is said to have led him to retire to his Lancashire estate, where he conceived the idea of a canal navigation. In the carrying out of this enterprise he had the advantage of the help of James Brindley, an engineering genius of the first class. The story of the construction of the Bridgewater Canal is told in Dr. Smiles’s Lives of the Engineers, and in Espinasse’s Lancashire Worthies. The Duke of Bridgewater contributed £100,000 to the “loyalty loan.” His canal property and coalmines at the time of his death were realising from £50,000 to £80,000 a year. The title became extinct, but the canal property was entailed on Lord Francis Egerton, the second son of the Marquis of Stafford.(7)

6th May Friday
Mr. Robert Walker died at Little Moss, May 6. He was born at Carrington Barn, Audenshaw, July 27, 1728, and was a handloom weaver. Like many others of that calling he was a keen politician, and Burke’s reference to the “swinish multitude” excited his indignation, and some pieces in the dialect, first written on a slate hanging by the side of his loom, appeared in the Manchester Gazette, and were reprinted in 1796 under the title of Plebeian Politics. His portrait is prefixed to a later edition of this witty little book. He is buried in Ashton Churchyard.(7)

23rd September Friday
The Philological Society, instituted by Dr. Adam Clarke for the cultivation of literature in general, and the diffusion of useful knowledge, September 23.(7)

7th December Wednesday
The Townsman, No. 1, appeared December 7. The editor of this theatrical paper was the eccentric James Watson, better known as “The Doctor.”(7)

21st December Wednesday
Colonel Joseph Hanson was presented at court, and was, it is said, commanded by George III. to appear with his hat on, and in the regimentals of the Manchester Rifle Regiment, of which he was the commander, December 21.(7)

1803
The Argus, No. 1, published by Joseph Aston.(7)

1803
The following volunteer corps were raised in Manchester in the course of this year : Manchester Light Horse Volunteers, Shakspeare Philips, Colonel; Ackers’s Volunteers, James Ackers, Colonel; Silvester’s Volunteers, John Silvester, Colonel; St. George’s Corps, John Cross, Colonel; Fourth Class Volunteers, G. Philips, Colonel; Hulme Volunteers, Major Pooley; Pendleton Volunteers, Captain Abbot; Trafford Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Cooke; Loyal Masonic Volunteer Rifle Corps, Joseph Hanson, Colonel.(7)

1803
Kennedy’s factory in German Street was burned down, and one of the firemen killed.(7)

1803
A market opened in Bridge Street.(7)

1803
The officers of the Manchester and Salford Volunteer Regiments were each presented with a gold medal, as a testimony of gratitude from their fellow-townsmen for their patriotic services.(7)

1803
Pickfords, the carriers, offered to place at the disposal of Government, should they be required, 400 horses, 50 wagons, and 28 boats.(7)

1803
The cost of equipping a Manchester Light Horse Volunteer was £25 8s. 6d.(7)