1828       

16th February Saturday
Mr. Joseph Gleave, printer, bookseller, and periodical publisher, died February 16, aged 55.(7)

28th February Thursday
A new vessel, the “Emma,” was launched, in the presence of a large crowd and amidst great rejoicings, at the New Quay Company’s Docks, Feb. 28. Some hundreds out of curiosity had gone on board, but the vessel had hardly touched the river when she swamped, and they were all thrown into the river. About forty were drowned and many more injured. (Procter’s Byegone Manchester).(7)

26th March Wednesday
9 George IV., cap. 7. Act to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway to alter the line of the said railway, and ammending and enlarging the powers and provisions of the several Acts relating thereto. March 26th.(7)

7th April Monday
The Infant School in Bombay Street, Salford, was opened April 7.(7)

6th June Friday
Mr Charles Knight visited Manchester in the interests of the Society fro the diffusion of Useful Knowledge. In his Passages of a Working Life he says: "It was not an inviting place for a stranger to wander about in, but I soon found willing guides and cordial friends. It was not always very easy to interest the busy millowners in the objects for which I came amongst them. Some were too absorbrd in their ledgers to hear long explanations; others were wholly indifferent to matters which had no relation to the business of their lives I persevered, and chiefly by the exertions of a very earnest Mr. George William Wood, a local association was formed, on the 6th of June, of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge." Mr. Knight visited Manchester several times in subsequent years.(7)

4th July Friday
Mr. John Farris died July 4, aged 74. He was formerly a sergeant-major of the 72nd (Manchester) Regiment, and lost a leg at the siege of Gibraltar.(7)

15th July Tuesday
9 George IV., cap. 117. Act to amend several Acts for cleansing, lighting, watching, improving, and regulating the towns of Manchester and Salford July 15th.(7)

July
One of the arches of a bridge—Hanging Bridge—discovered in the course of excavations. It had been concealed for an unknown period. July.(7)

9th August Saturday
Mr. Joseph Smethurst, formerly deputy constable of Salford, died Aug. 9.(7)

10th August Saturday
Mr. William Leonard Kilbie died August 10. He was one of the Manchester beadles, and had served as a dragoon in the battles of Corunna and Waterloo.(7)

7th October Tuesday
A grand musical festival and fancy dress ball was held. It began 7th October and lasted for a week. The proceeds (£5,000) were devoted to the public charities. The festival was held in the nave of the Collegiate Church, and the evening concerts in the Theatre Royal, Fountain Street.(7)

17th October Friday
The Manchester Times, No. 1, Saturday, October 17, printed and published by Archibald Prentice.(7)

15th November Saturday
The Manchester and Salford Advertiser, No. 1, Saturday, November 15.(7)

9th December Tuesday
St. George’s, the mother church of Hulme, was consecrated December 9, by Dr. J. B. Sumner, Bishop of Chester. The architect was Mr. Goodwin.(7)

22nd December Monday
A new Fish Market was opened December 22. It was built upon the site of the old butchers’ shambles.(7)

28th December Sunday
Mr. C. A. Cowdroy died at Sandbach, in the county of Chester, December 28th. He was formerly one of the proprietors of the Manchester Courier, which began in 1817.(7)

1828
At the Spring Assizes at Lancaster, judgment was given in a tithe case pending between the warden and fellows of the Collegiate Church and their lessee, Mr. Joule, they claiming tithe in kind on hay, milk, potatoes, the agistment of ley cattle, gardens, &c. It was decided that the parishioners were liable to all these demands, except the tithe in kind on gardens, orchards, poultry, &c.(7)

1828
All Saints’ Sunday School, Clarendon Street, was built by subscription.(7)

1828
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Harpurhey was built.(7)

1828
Mr. Francis Marcellus Hodson died, aged 66. He was for a time minister of the Swedenborgian church in Peter Street. At another period he was in the habit of riding from Manchester to Accrington to conduct the Sunday services there, and from his text at the opening of the chapel (Deut. xxii. 6) he was known as the “Bird’s-Nest Fellow.” He had a chapel in Ancoats, and for their use compiled a volume of hymns. He left Manchester for Hull, where he preached at the Dagger Lane Chapel, but returned to his native home to die. He was the author of the Encyclopædia Mancuniensis.(7)

1828
The Cannon Street Congregational Chapel rebuilt at a cost of £1,800. (See under date 1861, September 12.) (7)

1828
The Bank of Manchester in Market Street was opened.(7)

1828
The declared value of all the cotton goods exported from Great Britain was £36,824,270.(7)

1828
The Manchester Improvement Committee was formed. By this body a great number of alterations, more or less extensive, were effected.(7)

1828
There were 8,000 looms for silk and 4,000 for mixed goods at work in and about Manchester.(7)

1828
St Philips Church, Broken Bank, Salford was by authority of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, constituted a district parish church.(7)

1828
The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, was rebuilt.(7)

1828. Heaton
Heaton Park Races begun, and continued exactly ten years.
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