1821       

10th January Wednesday
William Sandford died January 10. He was senior churchwarden of Manchester in 1815, and one of the constables in 1818. He was father of the Rev. G. B. Sandford.(7)

January
There were great rejoicings at Heaton Hall to celebrate the majority of the Earl of Wilton in January.(7)

January
The premises of Messrs. Buxton and Sons, builders, &c., in Oxford Road, were burned down in January.(7)

3rd February Saturday
William Ogden died, February 3. He was a letterpress printer, and the last surviving son of the well known “Poet Ogden.” Mr. Ogden, in his political principles, was a determined Jacobin and a Radical Reformer. During the temporary suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act he was arrested as a state prisoner, and underwent several examinations before the Privy Council, but was ultimately discharged. His treatment was the subject of a debate in the House of Commons, in the course of which Canning was said, but erroneously, to have sarcastically called him the “revered and ruptured Ogden.” This phrase raised great indignation amongst the Radicals.(7)

20th February Tuesday
Rev. Samuel Taylor, Wesleyan Methodist minister, died at Plymouth Dock, 20th February. He was born near Manchester, 5th May, 1768, and was the compiler of an Index to Minutes of Conference from 1744 to 1816 (1817), and of an Abridgment of the Life of Philip Henry (1818).(7)

24th February Saturday
Mr. James Currie died, February 24, aged 81. He was for many years newsman from this town to Wigan.(7)

February
Dr. White’s house, which stood on the site now occupied by the old Town Hall, was pulled down. February.(7)

March
Joseph Nadin, who had been upwards of twenty years deputy constable at Manchester, resigned in March, and was succeeded by Stephen Lavender, of London.(7)

6th April Friday
1 and 2 George IV., cap. 18. Act for more effectually repairing and improving the roads from Hurdlow House, through Buxton, in the county of Derby, and Stockport, in the county of Chester, to Manchester, and other roads therein mentioned in the said counties. April 6th.(7)

9th April Monday
Mr. Thomas Hoyle, senior, calico printer, Mayfield, died April 9, aged 82.(7)

9th April Monday
Sir Waiter Scott, Bart., visited Manchester, April 9.(7)

April
A colony of rooks established themselves in a small garden at the top of King Street, belonging to Mrs. Hall. April.(7)

5th May Saturday
Manchester Guardian, No. 1, May 5, price 7d., printed and published by John Edward Taylor and Jeremiah Garnett.(7)

7th May Monday
1 and 2 George IV., cap. 47. Act to alter and amend several Acts passed for more effectually supplying with water the inhabitants of the towns of Manchester and Salford, and for further extending the powers and provisions of the said Acts. May 7th.(7)

10th May Thursday
The changing of the £1 and £2 notes began at the Bank of England May 10. The place was constantly crowded. The amount of notes exchanged for gold up to June 30 exceeded £420,000, upwards of four tons weight.(7)

12th May Saturday
The Rev. Miles Wrigley, M.A., died May 12, aged 75. He was for twenty-eight years incumbent of St. Michael’s Church.(7)

24th May Thursday
Mr. Richard Rushforth, of Hunt’s Bank, died May 24. He was a liberal promoter of the fine arts. His fine collection of books, prints, and pictures was dispersed by auction.(7)

26th May Saturday
Mr. Edward Hall Thorpe, lieutenant in the navy, and son of Mr. Thorpe surgeon, of this town, died May 26, on his return from Madrid.(7)

May
A meeting was convened by the Chamber of Commerce in the Police Office, to take into consideration the propriety of a petition to Parliament to amend the Stamp Duties Act. May.(7)

May
The shambles at Newton Lane (now Oldham Road) were removed to the new market in Shudehill, and the New Cross taken down. It is commemorated in the name given to the district. May.(7)

May
Ralph Nixon, who had formerly been a master manufacturer of this town, committed to prison for robbing the Turk’s Head, Shudehill. May.(7)

1st June Friday
A meeting of leypayers in the Police Office, to take into consideration Mr. Scarlett’s Poor Law Bill, June 1.(7)

4th June Monday
A young man severely crushed between the wheel of a carrier’s cart and the wall in the narrow part of Market Street, June 4.(7)

23rd June Saturday
Mr. Samuel Waller, a Methodist local preacher, indicted at the New Bailey Sessions for preaching in the highway at Ashton-under-Lyne, and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, June 23.(7)

2nd July Monday
1 and 2 George IV., cap. 126. Act to improve Market Street, in the town of Manchester, and approaches thereto, and to amend an Act passed in the 57th year of His late Majesty’s reign, for building a bridge across the river Irwell from Water Street, in the township of Salford, to St. Mary’s Gate, in the township of Manchester. July 2.(7)

17th July Tuesday
Colonel Thomas Ilderton Ferriar died at Valencia, Columbia, 17th July. He was a son of Dr. John Ferriar, and had the command of the British Legion at the battle of Carabobo, 24th June, which broke the power of Spain in the New World. It was the coolness and decision of the British volunteers that secured the victory. Colonel Ferriar died of wounds then received. (Axon’s Lancashire Gleanings.)(7)

19th July Thursday Manchester
The coronation of George IV. was celebrated July 19 by processions of trades, which included upwards of 40,000 persons. In the afternoon the following articles were given away, viz., 25 oxen, 60 sheep, 29,000 pounds of bread, and 400 barrels of strong ale.(7)

19th July Thursday Manchester-Besses-o'th'-Barn
For the first time Besses-o'th'-Barn won a prize (there was only one offered)- on the occasion of the children's procession in Manchester, July 19, to celebrate the coronation of George IV.
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21st July Saturday
Mrs. Sarah Cowdroy died 21st July, aged 65. She was the relict of William Cowdroy, founder of the Gazette.(7)

23rd July Monday
At the first meeting held under the Market Street Improvements Bill about 40 commissioners qualified, July 23.(7)

29th July Sunday
Mr. James Murray, M.D., of Medlock Bank, died July 29.(7)

July
Mr. Reddish, a bookseller, was imprisoned for selling a copy of the Political Dictionary. July.(7)

11th August Saturday
Mr. William Freer, glass manufacturer, of St. Ann’s Square, died Aug. 11.(7)

16th August Thursday
The second anniversary meeting of the Radical Reformers was held in the Union Rooms, George Leigh Street. They walked to St. Peter’s Field, and thence to Christ Church, Hulme (the Bible Christian Church), where several children were baptised in the name of Henry Hunt. August 16.(7)

1st September Saturday
The dislike felt for local banknotes led to their refusal by many of the principal inhabitants, September 1.(7)

11th September Tuesday
An explosion took place at Mr. Robert Andrew’s works, Green Mount, Harpurhey, September 11.(7)

14th September Friday
Mr. Thomas Andrew, turkey-red dyer, Harpurhey, died, aged 86, Sept. 14.(7)

September
Daintry, Ryle, and Co.’s Bank removed from Macclesfield and opened in Norfolk Street, Manchester.(7) September.

1st October Monday
The Manchester Express commenced to run. It left London at 4 p.m. and arrived here on the following morning. It only carried two passengers. Oct. 1.(7)

18th October Thursday
Mr. George Evans Aubry, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, appointed clerk to the Improvement Commissioners, October 18.(7)

22nd October Monday
A subscription was begun for Sir Robert Wilson on his dismissal from the army October 22. Sir Robert having connived at the escape of Lavalette from Paris after the Peace of 1815, had incurred the displeasure of the Prince Regent and his conduct at the funeral of Queen Caroline having completed his disgrace at head-quarters, he was dismissed from the army. After the lapse of a few years he was restored to rank and position.(7)

October
Acres Fair removed to the new market, Shudehill. October.(7)

October
Rev. Peter Hordern, B.A., appointed librarian of Chetham College, on the resignation of the Rev. J. T. Allen. October.(7)

October
Writs were served on Messrs. Birley, Withington, Tebbutt, Oliver, and Meagher, for assaults committed at St. Peter’s Field on the 16th of August, 1819. October.(7)

3rd November Saturday
Mr. William C. Macready played in the character of “Hamlet” for the first Theatre Royal, Fountain Street, November 3.(7)

4th November Saturday
St. John’s Church, Deansgate, was newly roofed (the old roof having proved faulty) and beautified throughout, at the expense of Miss Byrom, the daughter of the founder. It was reopened November 4th.(7)

11th November Sunday
Rev. Joshua Brookes, M.A., died November 11, in the 68th year of his age. He was the son of a shoemaker, and was born at Cheadle Hulme, and baptised 19th May, 1754. He was educated at the Free Grammar School; and was appointed chaplain to the Collegiate Church in March, 1791; and during the period of thirty-one years is supposed to have baptised, married, and buried more persons than any other clergyman in the kingdom. He was a man of great eccentricity, with many failings, but few if any vices. He had a considerable acquaintance with books, and left a good library behind him. Many ludicrous stories are told of him. He figures conspicuously in Mrs. Banks’s novel of The Manchester Man, and is mentioned in Parkinson’s Old Church Clock. Mr. Evans, in his notes to the fifth edition, has given a full account of this kind­hearted but eccentric divine. His bookplate is described in the Palatine Note­book, vol. i, p. 69. He is buried in the Collegiate Church near the Corporation Seats.(7)

29th November Thursday
Thomas, second Earl of Wilton, was married, at Knowsley, to Lady Mary Margaret Stanley, daughter of the twelfth Earl of Derby, November 29.(7)

November
A reduction of 3s. 4d. per ton on the carriage of cotton from Liverpool to Manchester by the Duke’s Canal and the Old Quay Company. November.(7)

1st December Saturday
Northern Express and Lancashire Daily Post, No. 1, December 1, printed at Stockport and published in Manchester, for Henry Burgess. This was the second attempt to establish a daily newspaper out of London.(7)

1st December Saturday
Captain Richard Crompton, second son of Nathan Crompton, of this town, died at Lisbon, December 1. This gentleman volunteered from the 1st battalion of the Lancashire Militia in the 9th Regiment of Foot. He was at the battle of Vimiera, and subsequently town adjutant of Lisbon.(7)

4th December Tuesday
Sir William David Evans, Kt., died at Bombay, December 4. He was a native of London, and was born in 1767. He was called to the bar and practised as a barrister at Liverpool and Manchester from 1794 to 1814, when he was appointed stipendiary magistrate of Manchester. In 1817 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and in 1819 became Recorder of Bombay. He was the author of various legal works. (Gentleman’s Magazine, 1822.)(7)

24th December Tuesday
Mr. William Jones, of the firm of Jones, Loyd, and Co., bankers, died December 24, at Broughton Hall.(7)

25th December Tuesday
The “Tent Methodists’ ” Chapel, in Canal Street, Ancoats, was opened December 25.(7)

30th December Tuesday
Mr. Joseph Farington, R.A., died at Parr’s Wood, near Manchester, Dec. 30th, and was buried at Manchester. He was born at Leigh, 21st November, 1747. (Redgrave’s Artists of the English School.)(7)

1821
Mr. William Blackburn, of Manchester, went to superintend the cotton mill at Dover, New Hampshire. This was the beginning of the cotton manufacture at Great Fails. (Axon’s Lancashire Gleanings, p. 143.)(7)

1821
An Act was obtained for widening Market Street, King Street, Nicholas Croft, Toad Lane, and Poole Lane. This Improvement was completed in 1836.(7)

1821
By the third Parliamentary census the fourteen districts of the township of Manchester contained 16,653 inhabited houses, occupied by 22,839 families, which consisted of 51,520 males and 56,496 females; total, 108,016. The total population of the townships constituting the parish of Manchester was 187,031.(7)

1821
The number of publications of the banns of matrimony in the Collegiate Church of Manchester was 2,191. The whole fees (including publication of banns and marriage fee, then 3s. 6d.) were paid at the time the names of the parties intending to be married were inserted in the banns’ book. The number of marriages solemnised after the publication of banns during the same year was 1,924. The fee (3s. 6d.), which included the publication of banns, was thus divided, viz., 10d. each chaplain, 1s. 8d.; 9d. each clerk, 1s. 6d.; 1d. each chorister, 4d.—3s. 6d.(7)

1821
The Catholic, edited by Rev. N. Gilbert, formerly of Antigua, changed to The Catholic Phoenix, 1822; edited by Mr. Grimes, surgeon; printed by Mr. Joseph Pratt, Bridge Street.(7)

1821
A requisition, signed by nearly 400 leypayers of the parish, was presented to the churchwardens to convene a meeting to induce the commissioners to forego the erection of three or four new churches in the town.(7)

1821
The population of Manchester, including Ardwick, Cheethain, Chorlton, and Hulme, at the third census was 126,031. That of Salford, including Broughton, 26,552.(7)

1821. Radcliffe
Radcliffe parish contained 517 houses and 589 families, amounting to 3,089 persons, 2,146 of whom were employed in handicrafts.
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