1853       

4th. January Tuesday
The Manchester and Salford Waterworks Company dissolved, January 4.(7)

7th. January Friday
A public dinner was given in the Town Hall to the Hon. J. R. Ingersoll, American Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of St. James's, January 7.(7)

28th. January Friday
A meeting of the Peace Society was held in the Free Trade Hall, January 28, Mr. George Wilson in the chair.(7)

3rd. February Thursday
The trustees of the Manchester Infirmary held a meeting respecting the site for the Peel statue, February 3.(7)

3rd. February Thursday
A Social Reform and Free Trade soiree was held in the Free Trade Hall, February 3.(7)

14th. February Monday
The foundation stone of a new chapel connected with the Manchester Domestic Mission laid on the west side of Rochdale Road, February 14.(7)

16th. February Wednesday
Mr. John Bill died at Farley, Staffordshire, February 16. He was the son of Mr. John Bill, one of the surgeons to the Infirmary, and was educated at the Grammar School. He was a barrister, but did not practice, and having inherited an estate from his uncle, was noted for his charity and also for his eccentricity. He wrote The English Party's Excursion to Paris, to which is added a Trip to America, 1850.(7)

7th. March Monday
The shop of Mr. Howard, jeweller, Market Street, was robbed at mid-day, March 7.(7)

9th. March Wednesday
Another extensive robbery committed at the shop of Mr. Ollivant, jeweller, corner of Exchange Street, March 9.(7)

23rd. March Wednesday
Rev. John Booth Strettles died March 23. He was born at Rochdale, October 11, 1795, and was educated at the Manchester Grammar School. Ho was intended for the Anglican Church, but his parents having in 1809 joined the Bible Christian Church, King Street, Salford, Mr. Strettles finished his education under the Rev. William Cowherd, and became minister of the church conjointly with Mr. Brotherton.(7)

29th. March Tuesday
Manchester was created a city by Royal charter, March 29.(7)

10th. April Sunday
William Starkie, actor, died April 10, 1853, aged 51, is the epitaph in Harpurhey Cemetery on the grave of a warper, who was a favourite strolling performer. Procter has given a notice of him in Our Turf, Stage, and Ring, p 25.(7)

20th. April Wednesday
The ratepayers of the township of Broughton held a meeting at the Griffin Inn, Lower Broughton, April 20, to consider the bill for incorporating the townships of Broughton and Pendleton with that of Salford.(7)

26th. April Tuesday
A bazaar was opened in the Exchange Rooms, April 26, in aid of the fund for promoting the ocean penny postage.(7)

27th. April Wednesday
Cardinal Wiseman gave a lecture on Art, in the Corn Exchange, April 27.(7)

April
Charlotte Bronte visited Manchester and stayed with her friend Mrs. Gaskell, at the close of April. Mrs. Gaskell has left an interesting account of the susceptibility to music, and of the nervous dread of strangers, which she showed. (Gaskell's Life of Bronte.)(7)

6th. May Friday
The Northern and Midland Counties Chess Association held a meeting in the Exchange, May 6.(7)

1st. June Wednesday
The United Kingdom Alliance for the total and immediate suppression of the Liquor Traffic was formed June 1. The inaugural meeting was held October 26. The movement did not at first command the adhesion of even teetotallers, but its growth has since been very remarkable. Its founder was Nathaniel Card, who died March 22, 1856 (see under that date). The secretary appointed was Mr. Thomas Holliday Barker, who was born at Peterborough, July 6, 1818, and was apprenticed to a wine and spirit merchant, but after hearing a lecture by John Cassell, the Manchester Carpenter, in 1836, he signed the pledge. He has lived in Manchester since 1844.(7)

1st. June Wednesday
A conversazione was held at the Athenĉum, June 1, "for the purpose of arriving at some safe conclusion about table turning." The Rev. H. H. Jones presided, and Dr. Braid, after a series of experiments had been gone through, expressed his belief that the turning of the tables was to be explained by Dr. W. B. Carpenter's theory of idea meter power.(7)

8th. June Wednesday
A public meeting held in the Town Hall, June 8, to hear addresses from several gentlemen on the Wesleyan "mediation movement," which had for its object to explain the differences between the Conference and the reformers and the efforts that had been made to heal them.(7)

8th. June Wednesday
16 and 17 Victoria. Act to authorise the Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of the City of Manchester to make certain new streets, and to amend the Acts relating to the said city, and for other purposes. June 8.(7)

14th. June Tuesday
16 Victoria, cap. 32. Act for the extension of the boundaries of the Municipal Borough of Salford, and for other purposes. June 14.(7)

24th. June Friday
Mr. Thomas Jarrold, M.D., died at Greenhill Street, Greenheys, June 24. He was born in 1769, and was the author of Dissertations on Man, in answer to Malthus, 1806; Instinct and Reason, 1836; Anthropologia, &c. He is buried in the Congregational graveyard. Grosvenor Street, Piccadilly.(7)

8th. July Friday
16 and 17 Victoria, cap. 102. Act to repeal an Act for making and maintaining a road from the top of Hunt's Bank, in the town of Manchester, to join the Manchester and Bury turnpike road in Pilkington, in the county of Lancaster, and to substitute other provisions in lieu thereof. July 8.(7)

23rd. July Saturday
Mr. Salis Schwabe died at Glyn Garth, on the Menai Straits, July 23, in his 54th year. He was buried at Harpurhey Cemetery July 30, and was followed to the grave by the Bishop of Manchester and many of the leading persons of the city.(7)

27th. July Wednesday
A meeting was held in the Corn Exchange, July 27, presided over by Mr. R. N. Philips, at which petitions were adopted in favour of the Sunday opening of the Crystal Palace.(7)

4th. August Thursday
16 and 17 Victoria, cap. 135. Act for more effectually repairing and improving several roads leading to and from the town of Salford, through Pendleton, and other places in the county of Lancaster. August 4.(7)

20th. August Saturday
16 and 17 Victoria, cap. 122. Act to render valid certain marriages in the Church of the Holy Trinity in the township of Hulme and parish of Manchester. August 20.(7)

6th. September Tuesday
Mr. George Bradshaw died at Christiania, Norway, September 6, aged 53. He was the head of the firm of Bradshaw and Blacklock, publishers of the Railway Guides which have given the name of the benevolent Quaker printer world-wide currency. The cause of his death was an attack of cholera.(7)

22nd. September Thursday
Mr. J. B. Gough lectured in the Lever Street Chapel, September 22.(7)

25th. September Sunday
The district suffered from severe gales of wind, September 25.(7)

1st. October Saturday
The new building of the Salford Free Library and Museum was opened, October 1.(7)

10th. October Monday
The Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone (then Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Mrs. Gladstone visited Manchester, October 10.(7)

12th. October Wednesday
Inauguration of the statue of Sir Robert Peel, in front of the Infirmary, October 12. Mr. W. E. Gladstone took part in the proceedings.(7)

October
A marble statue of Humphrey Chetham, by Theed, was placed in the Cathedral at the cost of Mr. George Pilkington (formerly one of the blue coat boys in the College), at a cost of £1,000. October.(7)

16th. November Wednesday
A public meeting was held in the Corn Exchange to express the sympathy of the inhabitants of Manchester with Turkey in her struggle with Russia. November 16.(7)

30th. December Friday
St. Stephen's Church, Chorlton-on-Medlock, was consecrated by Bishop Lee, December 30. The architect was Mr. E. H. Shellard, and the cost of erection £3,300. It was enlarged in 1863.(7)

1853
Mr. Thomas Gibbons, head gardener of Peel Park, was drowned in the Irwell, whilst endeavouring to save a woman who had attempted to drown herself. He was 48 years of age, and left a widow and three children, for whose benefit there was a subscription.(7)

1853
Mr. Francis Nesbitt McCron died in the hospital at Geelong. He was born at Manchester in 1809, but was educated by a clergyman near Cork, and was intended for the profession of a surgeon, but he abandoned this for the stage, but left it at the instance of his friends in 1840 to settle in Ireland. In less than a year he eloped, and with his wife went to Port Jackson, where he landed in January, 1841. Unable to find commercial employment he again went on the stage, and "from that time till his death held undisputed sway', in the colony. In 1848 he went to San Francisco, where he became for a time a gold-digger. He returned to Sydney in 1852, and thence to Victoria, where he was seized with illness when performing "William Tell" at Geelong. He was carried off the stage, and died in the hospital at the age of 44. A monument was placed over his grave in 1856 by G. V. Brooke. (Heaton's Australian Dictionary of Dates, 1879, p. 271). McCron's stage name was Nesbitt.(7)