1823       

10th January Friday
Rev. Thomas Blackburne, D.C.L., warden of the Collegiate Church, and rector of Thelwall, died January 10, aged 67. He was born at Orford Hall, and educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Oxford. He was presented to the wardenship of Manchester in 1800. It is said of his brother John that he “was forty-six years the representative in Parliament for the county of Lancaster, and during the whole of that period he only asked and received two favours of the Government which he supported, viz., the wardenship of Manchester for his second, and the office of distributor of stamps for his third brother.”(7)

22nd February Saturday
Mr. James Harrop died 22nd February, at Broughton Priory, aged 66 years. He was the son of Joseph Harrop, the founder of the Manchester Mercury, and succeeded to the conduct of that paper. He was postmaster for several years, but lost that appointment in 1806.(7)

8th March Saturday
Rev. Thomas Jackson Calvert, D.D., installed warden of the Collegiate Church, March 8.(7)

11th March Tuesday
Mr. Samuel Dawson died 11th March, aged 70. He was one of the earliest of those who followed the Swedenborgian teachings of Mr. Clowes. He was for many years leader of the Bolton Society. He is buried at Prestwich. (Dr, Hayley, in The Dawn, March 27th, 1884.)(7)

14th March Friday
Mr. David William Paynter died March 14. He was the son of a Manchester solicitor, and received his education at the Grammar School. He wrote the History of Godfrey Ranger, 1813; Eurypilus, a tragedy, 1816; and Muse in idleness, 1819. The last named was somewhat savagely handled by a critic in Blackwood’s Magazine. His tragedy of King Stephen was performed in 1821, after many unavailing efforts. Mr. Paynter died at the age of 32, and is buried in Blackley Churchyard.(7)

March
By a decree made in the Rolls Court, London, all lands in the parish of Manchester (with but few exceptions) were subjected to the payment of one-tenth of all the hay, milk, and potatoes produced within it, and one-tenth of the value of agistment of barren cattle, besides corn. March. The agricultural lands within the parish contained 15,000 acres.(7)

28th April Monday
Mr. William Green died at Ambleside 28th April. He was born in Manchester in 1761, and was an artist and author of Guide to the English Lakes, Mountains, and Scenery, 1819. He was an accomplished artist, and his drawings helped to make the Lake District known. He was a friend of Wordsworth and Southey. (Manchester School Register, vol. ii., p. 6; vol. iii., p.321.)(7)

10th May Saturday
The ball and cross on the spire of St. Mary’s Church were lowered to the ground by Philip Wooton, May 10.(7)

23th May Friday
Richard Whitfield Ashworth died at Cheltenham 23rd May. He was born at Strawberry Hill, Salford, about 1800, and wrote Leisure Hours (poems), which were printed in 1843. (Grammar School Register, vol. iii., p. 66.)(7)

17th June Tuesday
4 George IV., cap. 107. Act for amending the road leading from the New Wall, on the Parade, in Castleton, in the parish of Rochdale, through Middleton to the Meerstone, in Great Heaton, and to the town of Manchester, and for diverting certain parts of the said road. June 17th.(7)

27th June Friday
4 George IV., cap. 115. Act to alter, amend, and enlarge the powers of the several Acts passed for more effectually supplying with water the inhabitants of the towns of  Manchester and Salford. June 27th.(7)

1st October Wednesday
The Royal Manchester Institution, for the promotion of literature, science, and the arts, inaugurated at a general meeting of the inhabitants, held in the Exchange room, October 1. The building in Mosley Street, begun in 1825 and completed in 1830, was erected at a cost of Ł30,000. Sir Charles Barry was the architect. The institution, was originally projected by Thomas Dodd, auctioneer and connoisseur. Is now the City Art Gallery.(7)

1823
Acres Fair was removed from St. Ann’s Square to Campfield.(7)