2nd January Monday
Messrs. Tatlock and Love’s factory, in Spear Street, was burnt down, January 2. The damage was estimated at £8,000.(7)

3rd January Tuesday
Messrs. Broadhurst, Curran, Ashmore, and Gilchrlst apprehended for holding political meetings on the “Sabbath-day,” January 3. They were, sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment in Lancaster Castle.(7)

13th January Friday
Mr. Henry Liverseege, painter, died January 13, aged 29. He was born in Manchester in 1803. At a very early age he showed an extraordinary love for art. His designs at eleven or twelve years of age were indeed surprising. Had his life been prolonged, there is no doubt but that he would have risen to the highest rank in his profession. A volume of engravings after his paintings appeared in 1832, and this was republished in 1875, with a life by his friend and pupil, Mr. George Richardson. Liverseege is buried at St. Luke’s, Choriton-upon-Medlock, where there is a memorial tablet.(7)

25th January Wednesday
Mr. James Finley, stonemason, died January 25. He was the operative builder of the railway bridge over the Irwell.(7)

25th January Wednesday
Mr. Thomas C. Hewes, an eminent mechanic, died January 25.(7)

Messrs. Bancks and Co. published a large plan of Manchester and Salford, January.(7)

15th February Wednesday
Mr. Charles Hughes, one of the Manchester 72nd Regiment, under General Elliot, at the siege of Gibraltar, died February 15, aged 77.(7)

29th February Wednesday
St. Patrick’s Catholic Chapel, Oldham Road, was opened February 29.(7)

23rd March Friday
Mr. Goodier and six of his workmen killed by the explosion of a steam boiler, in Pool Fold, March 23.(7)

3rd April Tuesday
2 and 3 William IV. cap. 28. Act for effectually repairing and improving the roads leading from Barton Bridge into the Manchester and Altrincham turnpike road. April 3.(7)

9th April Tuesday
2 William IV. cap. 36. Act for widening and improving a part of London Road, in the parish of Manchester, and also for effecting improvements in the streets and other places within the town of Manchester. April 9.(7)

23rd April Monday
St. George’s Sunday School, Oldham Road, was erected. The first stone was laid April 23.(7)

2nd May Wednesday
Mr. James Down, surgeon, late of Leicester, died at Kersal Lodge, May 2. He was the inventor and patentee of a valuable method of purifying gas.(7)

14th May Monday
A meeting of 50,000 persons was held on St. Peter’s Field, to obtain the restoration of the Grey administration, May 14.(7)

17th May Thursday
The district suffered from a visitation of Asiatic cholera. On May 17 a man named James Palfreyman, living in Somerset Street, Dalefleld, was seized with symptoms of malignant cholera. The case was reported to the Board of Health. The cholera spread to various other Lancashire towns. In Manchester its ravages were chiefly confined to the district of Angel Meadow, Deansgate, Portland Street, Little Ireland, and Bank Top. The deaths from cholera in 1831-3 in Manchester were 674; in Salford, 216; in Chorlton, 34. The services of the medical profession were freely rendered in checking the disease, but the prejudices of the people were strongly against them, and an attack was made September 3 on the Swan Street Hospital, when the head of a boy, severed from the body, probably in the course of a post-mortem, was exhibited by his infuriated relatives.(7)

23rd May Wednesday
2 and 3 William IV. cap. 46. Act for enabling the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company to make a branch railway, and for amending and enlarging the powers and provisions of the several Acts relating to such railway. May 23.(7)

25th May Friday
The Rev. J. H. Mallory, M.A., rector of Mobberley, and one of the fellows of the Collegiate Church, died May 25.(7)

1st June Friday
2 and 3 William IV. cap. 69. Act to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Manchester, Bolton, and Bury Canal Navigation and Railway to alter some parts of the said canal navigation, to alter and amend the line of the said railway, to make further collateral branches thereto, and for amending the powers and provisions of the Act relating to the said canal and railway. June 1.(7)

7th June Thursday
By the passing of the Reform Bill, June 7, Manchester became entitled to two representatives and Salford to one.(7)

23rd June Saturday
By an Act (2 William IV. cap. 90) passed June 23, for “improving and regulating” the township of Chorlton (which bears a close resemblance in all its main features as to paving, watching, soughing, &c., to the Acts affecting Manchester), the said township is hereafter to bear the new designation of “Chorlton-upon-Medlock.”(7)

28th June Thursday
Mr. John Milne, coroner for this district, died June 28.(7)

The Kersal Moor Races of Whitweek this year are graphically described In Procter’s Our Turf, &c.(7)

3rd July Tuesday
Mr. John Bradshaw, watchmaker, Deansgate, died July 3, aged 67.(7)

24th July Tuesday
Mr. Edward Brown, one of the celebrated Manchester Volunteers at the siege of Gibraltar, died at Stand, July 24, aged 74.(7)

29th July Sunday
The organ at St. Andrew’s Church, Travis Street, built by Renn, was opened July 29.(7)

The first number of a satirical paper called the Squib published in July.(7)

9th August Thursday
The passing of the Reform Bill, and the enfranchisement of Manchestes and Salford, was celebrated by a magnificent procession of the authorities, trade societies, &c., August 9. Mr. Charles Green ascended in a balloon.(7)

26th August Sunday
The Rev. Adam Clarke, D.D., died August 26, at London. He was born at Moybeg, Londonderry, and having joined the Methodist body, was in 1791-92 appointed to the Manchester circuit, and in conjunction with Samuel Bradburn instituted in that year the Strangers’ Friend Society. We learn that at this time there was at least one student of alchemy in the town with whom Hand, of Dublin, a noted adept, desired the doctor to put him in communication. The people were somewhat boisterous in their devotion. “I can do,” he says “with the Liverpool ‘Amens,’ but at Manchester they are like cart wheels among watch works.” He was appointed to Manchester again in 1803, and formed the Philological Society, of which he was president. Several of his communications to this association are printed in his works. In 1805 he became superintendent of the London circuit. In 1815 he settled at Nullbrook, near Liverpool, but frequently visited Manchester. There are many matters of local interest mentioned in Everett’s Adam Clarke Portrayed. Dr. Clarke’s father is buried at St. Thomas’s, Ardwick.(7)

Mr. W. S. Rutter elected to the coronership of this district, August.(7)

3rd October Wednesday
Mr. William Ford died at Liverpool, Oct. 3. He was born in Manchester in 1771, and was intended for the medical profession, but became a bookseller, for which his unrivalled bibliographical knowledge specially fitted him. His catalogues are still highly prized by collectors. He was one of the contributors to Bibliographiana. There are notes of him in the Manchester Grammar School Register, and Earwaker’s Local Gleanings, Nos. 90, 111, 144.(7)

22nd November Thursday
Rev. Richard Jones died November 22, in the 62nd year of his age. He was minister of the Swedenborgian Temple, Peter Street, for nearly thirty years, and rendered his services gratuitously. (Hindmarsh’s Rise of New Jerusalem Church, pp. 215, 436.) He was the author of a Friendly Address to the Receivers of the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church (Manchester, 1805), and wrote under the signature of “Discipulus” in the Intellectual Repository.(7)

24th November Saturday
The first number of a satirical paper called the Bullock Smithy Gazette published, November 24.(7)

13th December Thursday
The first election for the borough of Manchester took place December 13 and 14. The following were the numbers at the close of the poll: Mr. Mark Philips, 2,923; Right Hon. C. P. Thomson, 2,068; Mr. Samuel Jones Loyd, 1,832; Mr. John Thomas Hope, 1,560; Mr. William Cobbett, 1,305. The expenses of the election were £729 2s. 6d.(7)

13th December Thursday
The first election for the borough of Salford took place December 13 and 14. The numbers at the close of the poll were: Mr. Joseph Brotherton, 712; Mr. Wm. Garnett, 518. The expenses of the election were £250 15s. 6d. (7)

24th December Monday
Mr. J. T. Hope was entertained at a public dinner in the Theatre Royal, December 24. It was attended by 730 gentlemen.(7)

27th December Thursday
A public dinner was held at the Theatre Royal, to celebrate the return of Mr. Mark Philips and the Right Hon. Charles P. Thomson, as the two first representatives of Manchester, December 27.(7)

The total number of children attending the day schools in Manchester and Salford in the month of December was 17,000.(7)

By the Reform Act, Lancashire was divided into North and South, each returning two representatives.(7)

Gasworks at Holt Town erected.(7)

Todd Street, or Toad Lane, improved at a cost of £1,401 16s.(7)

The revenue of the Post Office in Manchester was £53,510 8s. 4d.(7)

The inhabitants of Salford decided to purchase Mr. Appleton’s gasworks, which he offered for £6,000.(7)

The front of the Infirmary was cased with stone.(7)

The Baptist Chapel, George Street, was opened.(7)

There were from 12,000 to 14,000 looms, and ten throwing mills, giving employment to about 3,000 hands.(7)

The number of mills at work in Manchester and adjoining townships was: Silk mills, 16; cotton mills, 96; woollen or worsted mills, 4; flax mills, 2.(7)

A new throstle frame was invented by Mr. Robert Montgomery, of Johnston, Scotland.(7)

The duty on cotton produced £600,000.(7)

The Poor Man’s Advocate and the People’s Library were both published in Manchester, and edited by Mr. John Doherty, of whom there is a slight notice in Johnson’s Manchester Catalogue. (7)

1832. Bury
Bury was created a Parliamentary borough by the Reform Act of this year; Charter of Incorporation granted 1876.

1832. Bury
Mr. Richard Walker elected first M.P. for Bury; he represented Bury continuously until 1852.