1812       

9th February Sunday
Haigh, Marshall, and Tidswell’s warehouse, High Street, was destroyed by fire, Sunday, February 9.(7)

2nd April Thursday
Rev. Cornelius Bayley, D.D., died at Manchester, 2nd April. He was founder and minister of St. James’s Church. He wrote a Hebrew Grammar, and took an active part in the promotion of Sunday schools. The Swedenborgian minister Hindmarsh, who knew him well, says that he was a disbeliever in the Newtonian astronomy, against which he urged Jos. x. 12, and 2 Kings xx. 10, 11. He thought a knowledge of the Hebrew language a good introduction to that of the angels of heaven, since it was the tongue spoken by God and His prophets. One of his sermons ended with the following odd metaphor in the expression of a wish that “the waters of strife may be quenched in he fire of divine love.” (Hindmarsh’s Rise of New Jerusalem Church, p. 136.)(7)

8th April Wednesday
A meeting for proposing a loyal address to the Prince Regent was called by the authorities at the Exchange, but the meeting was postponed. The irritation thus caused finally led to a riot, in which great damage was done. April 8.(7)

20th April Monday
National Schools, on Dr. Bell’s system, opened in Granby Row, 20th April, and in Bolton Street, Salford, 26th June.(7)

April
There were food riots in April. The ringleaders were apprehended, and on the 13th June eight persons were executed at Lancaster – four for mill burning, three for breaking into a house merely to obtain some food, and a woman for stealing some potatoes at Bank Top.(7)

4th June Thursday
The Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Louth, and Stirling militia regiments, numbering about 3,000, were encamped on Kersal Moor, and were reviewed by General Ackland, June 4. The camp was visited in  August by the Duke of Montrose.(7)

11th June Thursday
Thirty-eight men—named William Washington, Thomas Broughton, Thos. Cooke, John Haigh, Thomas Wilkinson, Charles Oldham, James Knott, Chas. Woolling, Robert Thornley, Simon Simmons, William Coppock, John Oldham, Aaron Marvel, John Haworth, Err Oldham, John Kershaw, Charles Smith,Thomas Harsnett, John Knight, Thomas Cannavan, Joseph Tilney, John Godley, Daniel Jevens, Stephen Harrison, Edward M’Ginnes, James Hepworth, Rycroft Hepworth, James Lawton, Robert Slack, Randle Judson, Edmund Newton, Aaron Whitehead, James Buckley, John Newton, James Boothby, Edward Phillips, James Greenwood, and Isaac Birch—who had assembled at a public house in Ancoats Lane were taken up and tried for administering the Luddite oath June 11. After remaining in prison for three months they were tried at Lancaster and acquitted, August 28.(7)

29th June Monday
Mr. Sadler, the aeronaut, ascended in a balloon from St. George’s Field, June 29.(7)

June
The tomb of Sir James Stanley, fourth warden of the Collegiate Church, and Bishop of Ely, was reopened after an interval of 287 years since his interment. The bishop died excommunicated, and a suspicion was thereby excited that the body would not be found buried within the pale of the church. This conjecture was confirmed. June.(7)

7th August Friday
Mr. James Cooke, solicitor, of Salford, died August 7. He was a captain in Ackers’s First Regiment, and afterwards colonel of the Trafford and Hulme Volunteers.(7)

31st October Friday
Right Hon. George Canning entertained at dinner at the Star Inn, Manchester, October 31. The company numbered about 300.(7)

1812
Mr. Samuel Crompton made a survey of all the cotton districts in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and obtained an estimate of the number of spindles then at work upon the principle of his invention. There were between four and five millions. He obtained a Parliamentary grant of £5000 in full, without fees or charges. In 1829 about seven millions of his spindles were at work.(7)

1812
The Society for Converting the Jews to Christianity was instituted.(7)

1812
The Religious Tract Society was established.(7)

1812
The Church Tract Society was instituted.(7)

1812
Mr. Edward Greaves, of Culcheth, was appointed high sheriff.(7)