1805       

1st January Tuesday
The Mail was printed and published by Joseph Aston, No. 1, January 1. Price sixpence.(7)

7th January Monday
The factory of G. Ollivant, in Bury Street, Salford, was destroyed by fire, January 7.(7)

26th Febuary Tuesday
The factory of T. Rowley and Co., Oldfield Lane, destroyed by fire, Feb. 26.(7)

26th Febuary Tuesday

The factory of John Read, at Islington, Ancoats, was destroyed by fire February 26.(7)

1st March Friday
The factory of Wood and Foster, at Garratt, destroyed by fire, March 1. The damage was estimated at £20,000.(7)

12th March Tuesday
45 George III. cap. 4. Act to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Canal Navigation from Manchester to Bolton and to Bury to raise money to complete the same. March 12.(7)

18th March Monday
45 George III. cap. 11. Act for enabling the Company of Proprietors of the Canal Navigation from Manchester to or near Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham, more effectually to provide for the discharge of their debts and to complete the said canal and the cuts and works thereto belonging. March 18.(7)

1st April Monday Little Lever-Lancaster-Radcliffe
John Lever (42), labourer, a native of Little Lever, executed at Lancaster Castle, April 1, for the murder of his wife's uncle, John Ashworth (83), near Radcliffe.
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17th May Friday
45 George III. cap. 38. Act for enabling Thomas Barrow, Esquire, and the person and persons for the time being respectively entitled to the freehold in possession of and in the moiety of certain estates in Manchester, under the will of William Barrow, deceased, to grant and convey the same moiety in fee simple for building upon, or otherwise improving the same, reserving rents, or to make building leases thereof, or to join with the owner or owners, for the time being, of the other moiety thereof, in making such grants and conveyances or leases respectively. May 17.(7)

31st May Friday
Ann Smith, a woman 30 years old, was murdered in Oak Street, May 31. Mary Jackson was tried at Lancaster for the crime, but acquitted.(7)

7th June Friday
Two cousins of the name of Faulkner, belonging to Colonel Hanson’s Rifle Corps, were practising at the target, in the grounds attached to Strangeways Hall, when one of them going behind the mark was shot through the body by the other. June 7.(7)

27th June Thursday
45 George III. cap. 59. Act to empower the Justices of the Peace within the Division or Hundred of Salford to raise a sum of money to be paid by way of salary to the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the said Hundred. June 27.(7)

14th July Sunday
the factory of Messrs. Buchan and Shaw, at Higher Ardwick, destroyed by fire. July 14.(7)

18th July Thursday
Rev. Mosley Cheek died 18th July. He was the founder of St. Stephen’s Church, and chaplain of the New Bailey.(7)

21st November Thursday
There were great public rejoicings on Ardwick Green for the victory of Trafalgar. Subscription was made for the relief of those who had lost relatives in the engagement. November 21. The volunteers attended the thanksgiving services 5th December.(7)

20th December Friday
Hindley’s cotton factory, George Leigh Street, Ancoats, was burned down December 20.(7)

22nd December Sunday
Thackary and Son’s cotton factory, at Garratt, destroyed by fire Dec. 22.(7)

1805
The officers of the Manchester and Salford Rifle Corps presented to Joseph Hanson, their colonel, a sword, a brace of pistols, and a pike.(7)

1805
Mr. Charles Gough, of Manchester, died upon the mountain of Helvellyn. his remains were not discovered till three months afterwards, when they were found guarded by a faithful terrier bitch, his constant attendant during frequent solitary rambles through the wilds of Cumberland and Westmoreland. This melancholy incident was made the subject of a poem by Sir Walter Scott, ending with the verses :-

“When a prince to the fate of the peasant has yielded,
The tapestry waves dark round the dim-lighted hall
With scutcheons of silver the coffin is shielded,
And pages stand mute by the canopial pall:
Through the courts, at deep midnight, the torches are gleaming,
In the proudly-arched chapel the banners are beaming,
Far adown the long aisle sacred music is streaming,
Lamenting a chief of the people should fall.


But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature,
To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb,
When, ‘wilder’d, he drops from some cliff huge in stature
And draws his last sob by the side of his dam.


And more stately thy couch by this desert lake lying,
Thy obsequies sung by the gray plover flying,
With one faithful friend but to witness thy dying,
In the arms of Helvellyn and Cathedicam.”

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1805
Mr. W. M. Craig attempted the formation of a Manchester Academy for the Promotion of Fine Arts, but the attempt failed.(7)

1805
The factory of Messrs. Lee and Phillips, Salford, was lighted with gas. This was the first use of the new light in this district.(7)