1808       

24th May Tuesday
A dispute between the weavers and their employers respecting the rate of wages led to a riot, May 24, 25. Lieutenant-Colonel Hanson appeared on the field and endeavoured to pacify the weavers. One weaver was killed by the military.(7)

27th May Friday
48 George III. cap. 43. Act for the more easy and speedy recovery of small debts within the parish of Manchester. May 27.(7)

18th June Saturday
48 George III. cap. 127. Act for enabling Sir Oswald Mosley, Baronet, to grant certain lands and hereditaments, in the parish of Manchester, for the purposes of the Manchester Public Infirmary, Dispensary, Lunatic Hospital or Asylum, and for vesting the property and effects belong to the said Charity in Trustees for the benefit thereof. June 18.(7)

31th August Wednesday
The Rev. John Darby died August 31, aged 71. He was for upwards of forty years second master of the Free Grammar School, and on the death of Mr. Lawson refused the head mastership on the ground of ill-health.(7)

22th September Thursday
A servant woman committed suicide by poison, and was buried at New Cross,September 22.(7)

29th September Thursday
Mr. Nathaniel Philips, of Stand, in Pilkington, died September 29, aged 82.(7)

30th October Sunday
The Rev. John Whitaker died at Ruan Rectory, 30th October. He was the son of James Whitaker, and was born at Manchester and baptised at the Collegiate  Church. He entered the Grammar School 7th January, 1744-5; and was exhibitioner to Brasenose, Oxford, 1752. He matriculated 5th March, 1752, and became Lancashire Scholar of Corpus Christi College 2nd March, 1753, and fellow 21st January, 1763. He took his degrees as follows: B.A. 24 th October, 1755; M.A. 27th February, 1759; and B.D. 1st July, 1767. He was elected a F. S. A. 10th January, 1771. He lived near Salford Bridge, circa 1772. He was successively curate of Bray, Berkshire, and curate of Newton Chapel; he was morning preacher at Berkeley Chapel, November, 1773, to January, 1774; and Rector of Ruan Lanyhorn 22nd August, 1777, to the time of his death. He married Jane, daughter of the Rev. John Tregenna. He is best known by his History of Manchester, 1771-75, which, if disfigured by dogmatism and untenable theories, is a work of great importance and erudition. A full list of his numerous writings is given in the Bibliotheca Conubiensis of Boase and Courtney and in Palatine Note-book, vol. i., p.77, where a miniature portrait by H. Bone is engraved.(7)

9th November Wednesday
Mr. John Thornton, drawing-master, died November 9.(7)

12th December Monday
Rev. James Bayley, M.A., senior fellow of the college, died November 13. He was son of James Bayley, high sheriff in 1757, and was born in 1740. He was educated  at the Grammar School, and was Hulme exhibitioner at Brasenose College Oxford, in 1762. He was rector at St. Mary’s Church, and was elected fellow of the  Collegiate Church, October 14. 1773. (Smith’s Grammar School Register, vol i., p. 31.) The Rev. C. Johnson, of Wilmslow, was elected in his place, December 12.(7)

1808
Mr. Nathan Meyer Rothschild settled in Manchester, as agent to his father at Frankfort, in purchasing cotton goods for the Continental market. He was only resident for a few years.(7)

1808
Oswald Mosley offered to sell the manor of Manchester to the inhabitants for £90,000, but the negotiations failed. £70,000 was offered, and refused.(7)

1808
A petition, signed by 50,000 persons, was sent from Manchester against the “Orders in Council,” passed in retaliation of Bonaparte’s Berlin and Milan decrees.(7)

1808
Manchester and Salford Court of Requests was established.(7)

1808
The Manchester and Salford Waterworks Company established. The length of iron main pipes laid down was upwards of seventy miles, and the daily consumption of water was about 1,400,000 gallons. Reservoirs were made at Bradford, Beswick, Gorton, and Audenshaw.(7)

1808
The Shudehill Pits partially filled up, and a Methodist chapel built upon a part of their site in Swan Street, but converted into shops and dwelling-houses in 1823.(7)

1808
The Circus, in Chatham Street, was taken down and dwelling-houses erected on the site.(7)

1808
The Regent Bridge, Regent Road, was opened. A toll was taken until 1848, when it was made free.(7)

1808
The Bradford reservoir was demolished.(7)

1808. Radcliffe
In his "Gazetteer" this year, Joseph Aston describes Radcliffe Bridge as "a populous village in the township of Radcliffe. It has no market, but has a fair, April 29th, for cattle, horses, &c., and another on September 28th and 29th for wool, cloth, pedlary, &c."
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