1826       

9th January Monday
Ann, relict of the late Mr. Henry Atherton, barrister, and daughter of the late Mr. Edward Byrom, died January 9, aged 75.(7)

17th January Tuesday Marsden-Blackpool
Samuel Laycock born at Marsden, Yorkshire, January 17. Died at Blackpool, December 15, 1893; interred at Blackpool Cemetery.
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10th February Friday
Mr. Thomas Price, a fustian manufacturer, was murdered, at midday, Feb. 10th, in his warehouse in Marsden Square. The premises were also set on fire. James Evans, his warehouseman, was tried for the crime, but acquitted.(7)

7th March Tuesday
Miss Ellen Turner was brought to Manchester by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, March 7. In conjunction with his brother William, his sister Frances, and Edward Thevant, he abducted the young lady, who was an heiress, from a school at Liverpool, obtaining possession of her by means of a forged letter, summoning her to see her stepmother. This story they afterwards varied. She was brought to the Albion Hotel, Manchester, and from thence taken to Gretna Green, where a form of marriage was gone through. She was taken to London, and then to Calals, where she was rescued by her uncle. The Wakefields were tried at Lancaster Assizes, in March, 1827, and on May 14th, 1827, Edward was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in Newgate and William to three years’ imprisonment in Lancaster Castle. The marriage, which had not been consummated, was dissolved by Act of Parilament. Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s useful after life was a striking contrast to this disgraceful affair. His services to the Australian Colonies were very great. He died at Wellington, New Zealand, May 16th, 1862.(7)

16th March Thursday
Mr. John Shore, well known for his benevolent character, died at Ardwick, March 16, aged 84.(7)

22nd March Wednesday
7 George IV., cap 16. Act for more effectually repairing and improving the road from Manchester to Salter’s Brook, and for making and maintaining several extensions or divisions of road, and a new branch of road to communicate therewith. March 22 nd.(7)

1st May Monday
The Manchester and Liverpool Railway Bill passed through the House of Lords May 1. The draining of Chat Moss (the first point of operation) was commenced in June. The first shaft of the Liverpool Tunnel was opened in September, and the earthwork, comprising the cuttings and the embanking along the whole line, was begun in January, 1827. The last joining between the several lengths of the line was completed in June, 1828.(7)

5th May Friday
7 George IV., cap. 49. Act for making and maintaining a railway or tram road from the town of Liverpool to the town of Manchester, with certain branches therefrom. May 5th.(7)

5th May Friday
7 George IV., cap. 81. Act for making and maintaining a road from the top of Hunt’s Bank, in the town of Manchester, to join the present Manchester and Bury turnpike road in Pilkington. May 5th.(7)

11th May Thursday
Mr. Joseph Parry, an able painter of marine subjects, died May 11. He was born at Liverpool, in 1744, and is generally known as “Old Parry.”(7)

22nd May Monday
Elizabeth Bate, aged 28, murdered at the Jolly Carter, a public-house at Winton, near Patricroft, May 22. Alexander and Michael M’Keand, dealers in linen and tea, at Manchester, were convicted of the murder August 18, and hanged at Lancaster August 21. Michael’s body was given to the surgeons of Lancaster for dissection, and Alexander’s was sent to the Manchester Infirmary for the same purpose, but was first publicly exhibited. (Procter, Byegone Manchester, p. 52.)(7)

22nd May Monday Unsworth
John Fletcher, of Unsworth, died May 22, aged 86. For seventy years "singer" at Unsworth Church.
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26th May Friday
7 George IV., cap. 99. Act for making and maintaining a railway or tramroad from Manchester to Oldham, with a branch from Failsworth Pole to or near Dry Clough, in the township of Royton. May 26th.(7)

26th May Friday
7 George IV., cap. 138. Act for more effectually repairing and improving several roads leading to and from the town of Salford, through Pendleton, and other places therein mentioned, and several other roads therein mentioned, for making and maintaining certain diversions or new lines of road to communicate therewith. May 26.(7)

May
Owing to the great commercial distress, riots occurred in May. The mobs attacked several factories, and an attempt was made to destroy by fire that of Mr. Hugh Beever. So alarming was the state of affairs in Manchester that it more than once occupied the attention of the Cabinet, and troops were marched into the most unquiet districts. Several of the rioters were tried and convicted.(7)

16th June Friday
Mr. William Howe, auctioneer, generally known by the nickname of “Lord Howe,” died at Leamington, June 16. His popular designation was due to an anecdote in circulation that he had accepted some public reference to the famous admiral as intended for himself.(7)

7th July Friday
Mr. Thomas Dunstan, governor of New Bailey Prison, died July 7, aged 32, and was succeeded by his brother, Mr. Richard Dunstan.(7)

8th August Tuesday
A general Swedenborgian Conference held in the Peter Street Chapel, August 8-12.(7)

9th August Wednesday
Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, of King Street, died August 9, aged 86. She was a descendant of an ancient and honourable family of this town.(7)

17th August Thursday
There was a trial in the Court of King’s Bench between Sir Oswald Mosley, the lord of the manor, and Mr. John Walker, a fishmonger, for an infraction of the manorial rights. The lord claimed to be entitled to a market for the sale of fish on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and a right to oblige fishmongers within the manor to make sales of their wares within the market and pay stallage. Verdict for the plaintiff, August 17. A rule nisi for a new trial having been obtained, was discharged by the Court of King’s Bench after argument. (Mosley v. Walker, p.7; Barnewall and Cresswell’s Reports, p. 40.)(7)

7th September Thursday
The foundation stone of St. George’s Church, Hulme, was laid September 7th. It was consecrated December 9, 1828. The erection of this church was by a Parliamentary grant of £14,000, but the whole cost was £20,000. The ground was presented by Wilbraham Egerton, of Tatton.(7)

15th September Friday
Mr David H Parry, an artist of considerable local celebrity died Sept 15. He was born at Manchester in 1793, and was one of the original projectors of the Royal Institution. He bade fair to hold an exalted rank in his profession.(7)

26th September Tuesday
The Manchester Branch Bank of England was opened in King Street September 26.(7)

6th October Friday
Henry Hardie, M.D., died October 6.(7)

15th October Sunday
Mr. Joseph Whittingham Salmon died, at Nantwich, 15th October, in the 79th year of his age. He was for a time the amanuensis of Rev. John Clowes, of St. John’s Church. (Hindmarsh’s Rise of the New Jerusalem Church, p. 66.) He was the author of various works.(7)

19th November Sunday
Mr. George Tomlinson, surgeon, died November 19, aged 62. He was a well known and extensive collector of books, &c., and works of art.(7)

1826
Rev. Joseph Proud died. He was the author of a Selection of Hymns, 1790. In 1793 he was joint minister with Mr. Cowherd, of the Swedenborgian Temple, Peter Street, but removed to London. In 1815 he was appointed, by the Swedenborgian Conference at Manchester, as missionary minister.(7)

1826
The Welsh Independent Chapel in Gartside Street was opened.(7)

1826
Infant School, Saville Street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, founded. This was the second infant school in Manchester, and was established by the joint liberality of persons of all denominations.(7)

1826
The suspension bridge near Broughton Ford opened. A toll was levied.(7)

1826
A bridge was erected over the Irk at Hunt’s Bank.(7)

1826
Four large Wesleyan Methodist Chapels were opened in Manchester. The accommodation thus provided was sufficient for 6,000 persons. The chapels were in Oxford Street, Oldham Road, Ancoats, and Irwell Street, Salford.(7)

1826
The Independent Chapel, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, was opened.(7)

1826
Mrs. Sarah Richardson, widow, died at the Mount, Dickenson Street. She is said to be 101 years old. She was a native of Warrington, and was grand, great-grand, and great-great-grand mother to 153 descendants.(7)

1826
Weyslayan Methodist Chapel, Newton Heath, was built.(7)

1826
Independent Chapel, Rusholme Road, built.(7)

1826. Radcliffe
Was a year of "panic" in Radcliffe.
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1826. Whitefield
All Saints' (Stand) Church opened. Formed into a separate Rectory, 1847, having till then formed a constituent part of the Parish of Prestwich.
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1826. Ringley
Ringley Chapel rebuilt, from designs by Sir Charles Barry.
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