1825       

1st January Saturday
The Infirmary clock was lighted with gas January 1, at the expense of Mr. Richard Ormerod, of Manchester.(7)

1st January Saturday
The Manchester Courier, No. 1, January 1, printed and published by Thos. Sowler, No. 4, St. Ann’s Square. The first editor was Alaric Watts, a brilliant young man, whose name was then well known in the literary world. His connection with the paper was very brief. He writes to his wife, 24th April, 1826 “I have sold my half copyright of the Manchester Courier for £500.” Watts was born in London l6th March, 1797, and died at London 5th April. 1864. (Alaric Watts: A Narrative of his Life, by his son, A. A. Watts, London, 1884.)(7)

1st January Saturday
A sixpenny omnibus began to run 1st January between Market Street and Pendleton. This was started by John Greenwood, of Pendleton, and was the beginning of the local omnibus system. (City News Notes and Queries, vol. i., p. 167.)(7)

6th February Sunday
Rev. Edward Smyth died at Chorlton Hall, Feburary 6, aged 76. He was a son of Archbishop Smyth, of Dublin. He came to Manchester, where he built St. Clement’s Church, in 1793, and St. Luke’s, in 1804. He became paralysed in 1817. He is buried in St. Luke’s Churchyard. (Manchester School Register, vol. iii., p. 71.)(7)
Note :-
Edward Smyth is believed to be a nephew of Archbishop Arthur Smyth - and not a son. Arthur Smyth died in 1771 or 1772 - unmarried(as per. David Drew-Smythe, Sydney, Australia.)

9th February Wednesday
The Deaf and Dumb School, Stanley Street, Salford, opened February 9.(7)

14th February Sunday
The Infant School, Buxton Street, London Road, opened February 14. This was the first infant school established in Manchester, and its foundation was due to the Society of Friends.(7)

21st March Monday
The Union Club was established. The house in Mosley Street was opened March 21, 1836.(7)

23rd March Wednesday
The Police Act (6 George IV. cap. 5) for the township of Ardwick passed the Legislature March 23.(7)

30th March Wednesday
The Mechanics’ Institution, Cooper Street, was founded, and held its first meeting March 30. The building in Cooper Street cost £6,000, and was the first building erected in England for the purpose. The institution removed to David Street in 1857.(7)

4th April Monday
A peal of ten bells was opened in the Collegiate Church on Easter Monday.(7)

2nd May Monday
6 George IV. cap. 51. Act for making and maintaining a road from Great Ancoats Street, in the town of Manchester, to join a diversion of the Manchester and Salters Brook road, in Audenshaw, in the parish of Ashton-under-Lyne, and two branches of road communicating therewith. May 2.(7)

20th May Friday
6 George IV. cap. 83. Act for more effectually improving the roads from  Manchester, through Oldham, to Austerlands, in the parish of Saddleworth, and from Oldham to Ashton-under-Lyne, and from Oldham to Rochdale. May 20.(7)

10th June Friday
6 George IV. cap. 112. Act to enlarge the powers of an Act of His late Majesty’s reign, to empower the Justices of the Peace within the Hundred of Salford to rise a sum of money to be paid by way of salary to the chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the said Hundred. June 10.(7)

10th June Friday
6 George IV. cap. 20. Act for enabling the trustees in the will of Dorothy Clowes, widow, deceased, to grant leases of the estates thereby devised for building upon or improving the same. June 10.(7)

26th June Sunday Failsworth-Harpurhey-Whitefield
Ben Brierley born at Failsworth, June 26. Died at Harpurhey, January 18, 1896; buried at Harpurhey Cemetery. In his "Home Memories" he tells how he spent a few months at Stand Unitarian parsonage, and helped to inaugurate the Whitefield old folk's annual treat.
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28th June Tuesday
The Rev. James Pedley, M.A., died 28th June, in his 79th year. He was for forty years incumbent of St. Thomas’s, Pendleton, and for the same period one of the assistant masters of the Free Grammar School.(7)

2nd July Saturday
Manchester Advertiser, No. 1, July 2, printed by Joseph Pratt, for Stephen Whalley. This paper was given away, its revenue being derived solely from advertisements.(7)

22nd August Monday
Chorlton Row Infants’ School was established August 22.(7)

30th August Tuesday
The foundation stone of the Salford Town Hall and Market laid August 30, by Lord Bexley. The building was enlarged in 1847, 1848, and 1853. A new wing was added in 1860-62, when the wing built in 1848 was taken down.(7)

2nd September Friday
The Jews’ Synagogue, Halliwell Street, Long Millgate, was consecrated September 2.(7)

5th September Monday
William Hone, who visited Bartholomew Fair, London, 5th September, gives a picture and description of William Wilkinson Westhead, the Manchester gigantic boy, who was born 26th September, and baptised at the Collegiate Church 12th October. He was then 5ft. 2in. high, measured 5ft. round the body, 27in. across the shoulders, and weighed 22 stone. (Wood’s Giants and Dwarfs, p. 212.)(7)

21st September Wednesday
St. Philip’s Church, Salford, consecrated September 21. The Parliamentary grant for the building of this church was £14,000.(7)

1st November Tuesday
Mr. George Nicholson died at Stourport, November 1. He was born at Bradford, in Yorkshire, in 1760, but resided successively at Manchester, Poughnill, and Stourport. As a printer he was remarkable for the cheapness and beauty of the publications which came from his press. He was also the author and compiler of a variety of works—Stenography, Advocate and Friend of Woman, On the Conduct of Man to Inferior Animals, The Primeval Diet of Man,, &c. He was himself a vegetarian. (Further particulars are given in Williams’s Ethics of Diet.(7)

14th November Monday
Mr. George Calvert died November 14. He was a surgeon, and was the son of Mr. Charles Calvert, of Oldham Street and Glossop Hall. He was the author of a treatise on Diseases of the Rectum, and for three years in succession gained the Jacksonian Prize of the Royal College of Surgeons. Born in Manchester, 1795.(7)

1825
The premises of Messrs. Sharp, Roberts, and Co. destroyed by fire, which was believed to be the work of an incendiary.(7)

1825
The Diorama, Cooper Street, was built. It has since been taken down.(7)

1825
The annual value of property in Manchester was £334,737, and in Salford £74,979.(7)

1825
The Provincial Portable Gas Works Company, Hulmefield, was formed, but the project was abandoned in 1829.(7)

1825
A Fire Engine Department established under Captain Anthony.(7)

1825
A Bill was introduced into Parliament for the construction of a ship canal from Manchester to the mouth of the Dee, at an estimated expense of £1,000,000, to be raised in 10,000 shares at £100 each. The scheme was thrown out by the Parliamentary Committee.(7)

1825
The Independent Chapel in Rusholme Road was opened.(7)

1825
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Rusholme Road, was erected.(7)

1825
The Baptist Chapel, Oak Street, was built.(7)

1825
The Wesleyan Chapel, Oxford Street, was built.(7)

1825
Mr. Richard Roberts (of the firm of Sharp, Roberts, and Co.), took out a patent for a self-acting mule now generally in use; a second patent was taken out in 1830. The invention owed its existence to a strike, when the difficulty of obtaining manual labour induced an appeal from the manufacturers to Mr. Roberts to invent a mechanical substitute.(7)

1825
W. Harter undertook silk weaving in Manchester.(7)

1825
There were estimated to be 20,000 power-looms in Manchester parish, 104 spinning factories in the town, and 110 steam engines.(7)

1825-6. Prestwich
Prestwich Church organ opened (£1,100).
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