1841       

9th January Saturday
Richard Dunstan, Governor of the New Bailey, resigned January 9, and was succeeded by Mr. Boult, March 11.(7)

11th January Monday
A bazaar held in the Town Hall, in aid of the Salford, Chorlton, and Ancoats Lyceums, January 11, 12, 13, and 14. The proceeds amounted to £1,012 9s. 8d.(7)

26th January Tuesday
Mr. Patrick M’Morland, artist, for many years resident in this town, died January 26, at Everton, aged 99.(7)

8th February Monday
Messrs. Crafts and Stell’s warehouse, George Street, together with other warehouses and private dwellings, were destroyed by fire, February 8. The damage was estimated at £1,800.(7)

22nd February Monday
Mr. Edward Clive Bayley, son of T. B. Bayley, died at St. Petersburg, Feb. 22, aged 65. His only son was the late Sir Edward Clive Bayley, K.C.S.I., who was born in St. Petersburg in October, 1821. He entered the Indian Civil Service in 1842. After holding various offices, he was, in March, 1862, made Home Secretary to the Government of India, and in 1873 was appointed an ordinary member of the Supreme Council, which position he resigned in April 1878. He was created K.C.S.I. on January 1, 1877, and died April 30, 1884. (Journal of Royal Asiatic Society, 1834, pp. 3 to 5.)(7)

22nd February Monday
The validity of the charter for the Incorporation of Manchester was confirmed by the judges of the Court of Queen’s Bench. February 22.(7)

23rd February Tuesday
Mr. William Sharp, George Street, died February 23, aged 87.(7)

27th February Saturday
An ancient ford, near Broughton Bridge, was reopened by the surveyors of Salford and Broughton, February 27.(7)

1st March Monday
Manchester and Leeds Railway was opened throughout, March 1.(7)

5th March Friday
Mr. Hamer Hargreaves died March 5. This gentleman left upwards of £1,000, together with his valuable collection of music and musical instruments, for the formation of “The Hargreaves Choral Society.” The first concert was given in the Wellington Rooms, Peter Street, November 25.(7)

8th March Monday
William Hampson attempted to murder Frances Bostock, a woman with whom he cohabited, by cutting her throat. The wounds subsequently caused her death, March 8. He was transported for life.(7)

10th March Wednesday
Mr. Thomas Leeming Grundy, the well known engraver in line, died March 10, in Camden Town. Mr. Grundy was born at Bolton, January 6, 1808, and served his apprenticeship in Manchester, from whence he went to London for improvement, and subsequently engraved many fine plates.(7)

6th April Tuesday
4 Victoria, cap. 8. Act to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Manchester and Salford Waterworks to raise a further sum of money, and to amend the Acts relating thereto. April 6.(7)

21st April Wednesday
Commodore Sir Charles Napier visited Manchester on his return to this country from the East, and attended a public dinner at the Town Hall, April 21.(7)

26th April Monday
Mr. Benjamin Oldfield, of the White Bear, Piccadilly, died April 26. It was said of him that he “might not inaptly be styled the Peter Pindar of Lancashire. His wit was keen and brilliant, his humour rough, but full of living nature. Had he been possessed of the advantages of a good education and more refined society in early life, he would have left a name in literature.”(7)

1st May Saturday
Bradshaw's Manchester Journal, No. 1, was published May 1. It was edited by George Faulkner.(7)

20th May Thursday
Mr. Thomas Sharp, senior partner in the firm of Sharp, Roberts, and Co., died May 20. His remains were accompanied to the grave by 600 of the work­men of the firm, and by 150 of the principal gentry of the town.(7)

May
The seventh Socialist Congress (which was the second of the Universal Community Society of Rational Religionists) was held in May, and extended over seventeen days.(7)

2nd June Wednesday
A riot occurred between the Anti-Corn Law Leaguers and the Chartists, at a meeting held by the former party in Stevenson Square. June 2.(7)

30th June Wednesday
Mr. Mark Philips and Mr. Thomas Milner Gibson were returned as representatives of Manchester. The numbers polled for the respective candidates were as follows: Philips, 3,695; Gibson, 3,575; Sir George Murray, 3,115; W. Entwistle, 2,692. June 30.(7)

2nd July Friday
At the election for Salford, July 2, when Mr. Joseph Brotherton was again returned, the numbers were: Mr. J. Brotherton, 990; Mr. W. Garnett, 873. (7)

7th July Wednesday
Lord Francis Egerton and the Hon. Richard Bootle Wilbraham returned, without opposition, as representatives for South Lancashire, July 7.(7)

9th July Friday
Part of a wing of Messrs. Kelly and Gilmour’s factory, in Bradford Road, fell down. Four men were killed. July 9.(7)

July
Messrs Daintry Ryle, and Co.’s bank stopped payment in July.(7)

21st August Saturday
Mr Lin Dillon died August 21, aged 80.(7)

24th August Tuesday
Mr Thomas Joseph Trafford of Trafford Park created a baronet, Aug 24.(7)

30th August Monday
The first stone was laid of St. Bartholomew s Church Regent Road. It was the first of ten new churches erected in this neighbourhood. The ground was given by Mr. Wilbraham Egerton. The style is Norman, after the design of Messrs. Starkey and Cuffley, of Manchester. August 30. (7)

3rd September Friday
Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. George Berkeley Molyneux, brother to the Earl of Sefton, died August 27, at London This gentleman having expressed a wish to be interred where the 8th Hussars (his regiment) were then quartered, his remains were brought to this town, and were buried at St. George’s Church, Hulme, September 3.(7)

6th September Monday
The first stone was laid of St. Matthias’s Church, Broughton Road, Salford, September 6. The style is Norman. The church was designed by Mr. E. Walters.(7)

19th September Sunday
Charles Poulett Thomson, Lord Sydenham, died in Canada, 19th September. He was born in 1799, and was M.P. for Manchester 1832-39. He was then made Governor-General of Canada, and on 19th August, 1840, was created Baron Sydenham, but died before he could take his seat in the House of Lords.(7)

29th September Wednesday
The foundation stone of the National and Infants’ School, Miller Street, laid September 29. The ground was given by Sir Oswald Mosley, Bart. The lower part is known as Leadenhall Market. The erection cost about £1,400, towards which Government gave £418, the National Society £250, and the rest was raised by subscription. Mr. B. Goldsmith was the architect.(7)

7th October Thursday
A cartload of petitions, sent from Manchester, praying the Queen not to prorogue Parliament till the distress of the people was taken into consideration, October 7.(7)

11th October Monday
Mr. J. S. Thomas, late deputy-constable of Manchester, died October 11.(7)

13th October Wednesday
By the bursting of a steam boiler at Messrs. Elce and Co.’s works, Jersey Street, eight men were killed and several others wounded. October 13.(7)

15th October Friday
The first stone was laid of St. Silas’s Church, Higher Ardwick, October 15. It was designed by Messrs. Starkey and Cuffley, and is in the Norman style.(7)

28th October Thursday
The foundation stone was laid by Mr. Hugh Hornby Birley of a church dedicated to St. Simon and St. Jude, Granby Row. It was designed by Mr. E. Walters, and is in the early English style of architecture. October 28.(7)

4th November Thursday
Mr. George Condy, barrister-at-law, editor and joint proprietor of the Manchester and Salford Advertiser, and one of the Commissioners of Bankruptcy, died November 4. Mr. Condy had the reputation of an accomplished scholar. He was a critic and dramatist, as well as a politician.(7)

16th November Tuesday
John Pollitt, aged 52, and George Pollitt, brothers, were interred at Rusholme Road Cemetery, November 16. They were followed to the grave by their venerable father, William Pollitt, of Dyche Street, who was said to have attained the age of 104. He was accompanied by his great-great-grandson, aged 21 years.(7)

17th November Tuesday
A meeting of 120 delegates from various parts of the kingdom was held in Manchester “to consider the best means which should be taken previous to the reassembling of Parliament to promote the repeal of the Corn Laws.” November 17.(7)

2nd December Thursday
The foundation stone of Holy Trinity Church, Hulme, laid, December 2, by the Hon. and Rev. William Herbert. It was consecrated June 28, 1843, by Dr. Sumner, Bishop of Chester. The architects were Mr. (afterwards Sir) Gilbert Scott and Mr. Moffatt. The cost of erection, over £18,000, was defrayed by Miss Eleanora Atherton.(7)

3rd December Friday
The Bridgewater Viaduct, Knot Mill, opened, December 3. Dr. William Fleming performed the ceremony by driving over the road in his carriages.(7)

6th December Monday
John Massey died in the workhouse, New Bridge Street, and was buried at St. Mark’s, Cheetham Hill, 6th December. He was born 29th January, 1774, and was by trade a builder, but had some reputation as a teacher of music. He is said to have written about 26 psalm and hymn tunes. (City News Notes and Queries, vol. i., p. 270.) Some of his compositions appear in Holford’s Voce de Melodia.(7)

31st December Friday
A calender house, situated in Bateman’s Buildings, Deansgate, was burned down December 31. The damage was estimated to be between £4,000 and £5,000.(7)

1841
Mr. Luke Hadfield appointed Governor of Chetham’s Hospital on the resignation of Mr. George Crossley.(7)

1841
A fire at the Beehive Cotton Mill, Jersey Street, caused damage to the extent of £14,000.(7)

1841
The Wesleyan Conference which met at Manchester this year resolved that unfermented wine should not be used for the sacrament; that no chapel should be used for total abstinence meetings; and that no preacher should go into another circuit to advocate total abstinence without first obtaining the consent of the superintendent. This bigoted and foolish action was, according to the epigrammatic phrase, worse than a crime—it was a blunder—and led to much controversy and unpleasant feeling. The policy it indicated has since been to a large extent reversed.(7)

1841
On the release of the Chartist leaders O’Conor and O’Brien, they entered Manchester in procession.(7)

1841
Two vessels were towed by the Jack Sharp steamer to Victoria Bridge. These, which were laden with oats, cotton, &c., were the first to arrive after the deepening of the river. The names of the vessels were the Lingard and the Mary.(7)

1841
A subscription was raised for celebrating the birth of the Prince of Wales; but owing to the great distress existing among the working classes the amount (£2,800) was expended in blankets, coverlets, and flannel, and distributed by ticket to the most deserving. 6,500 tickets were issued.(7)

1841
The first meeting at which Christian ministers appeared in any numbers to advocate the repeal of the Corn Laws was on the occasion of a tea party given to Mr. George Thompson in the Corn Exchange.(7)

1841
There were 1,267 public-houses and beerhouses in Manchester and Salford.(7)

1841
Mr. Thelwell, silversmith, St. Ann’s Square, charged with being concerned in the robbery of his own premises, he being then bankrupt. After several examinations he was discharged. The amount of property stolen was nearly £3,000.(7)

1841
The population of the municipal borough of Manchester at the fifth census was 235,162; that of the Parliamentary borough was 242,983. The population of Salford, including Broughton, was 53,200, and of the Parliamentary borough 66,624.(7)

1841
Mr. James Clough, M.D., died at Torquay. He was born in Manchester in 1771. He was the author of Observations on Pregnancy and the Diseases Incident to that Period 1796.(7)