1855       

5th. January Friday
The Town Hall, Cheetham, was opened, January 5.(7)

19th. January Friday
A soirée was given to the members of Parliament for Manchester, in the Corn Exchange, January 19. Mr. G. Wilson presided.(7)

22nd. February Thursday
A testimonial was presented to Mr. J. C. Harter, in the shape of a portrait, to remain in the boardroom of the Infirmary, February 22, and a copy of the same was presented to the members of Mr. Harter's family.(7)

27th. February Tuesday
A meeting in favour of peace with Russia was held in Newall's Buildings, February 27, which was followed by several others, extending over a period of many weeks.(7)

13th. April Friday
The final meeting of the Manchester Committee of the Patriotic Fund was held April 13.(7)

24th. April Tuesday
The Rev. James Scholefield died at Every Street, April 24. He was born at Colne Bridge, near Huddersfield, in 1790, and having adopted the views of the Bible Christians, preached for many years in the Bound Chapel, Every Street. For the last forty-four years of his life he was a vegetarian. His pamphlet on "Vegetarianism," published about 1851, was translated into German by Emil Weilshaeuser under the title of Der Mensch-Kein Raubthier (Berlin : Grieben) He was a Radical Reformer and was tried at Lancaster Assizes March 21, 1843, for allowing the Chartist Conference of 1842 to be held in his chapel. He was acquitted.(7)

4th. June Monday
Sir H. G. W. Smith distributed medals, at the Regent Road Barracks, Salford, June 4, to those officers and men of the 51st Regiment who fought in the Burmese war. Colours were presented to this regiment by Lady Wiltshire. June 6.(7)

15th. June Friday
18 and 19 Victoria Act for enabling the mayor, aldermen, and citizens of the city of Manchester to make a new street from Manchester, across the Irwell, into Salford, and authorising arrangements with the Corporation of Salford in reference thereto, and for other purposes. June 15.(7)

15th. July Sunday
A great open-air meeting was held in Stevenson Square for the purpose of re-organising the Chartist movement, July 15.(7)

17th. July Tuesday
M. A. C. G. Jobert died at Ste. Foy, July 17. He was a native of France, and a pupil of Hauy, but settled in Manchester as a teacher of languages. Having become partially paralysed in the organs of speech, he sought relief by travel, but his constitution was shattered. His widow, an English lady, was left destitute, and in aid of a fund for her Mr. B. Waterhouse Hawkins, F.G.S., lectured in Manchester, December 18. Jobert was the friend of Cuvier and Murchison, and wrote Philosophie de la Geologie and other works.(7)

26th. July Thursday
The statue of Dr. Dalton, in front of the Royal Infirmary, was inaugurated, July 26.(7)

7th. August Tuesday
A beerhouse-keeper in Pendleton, named Booth, caused the death of a woman named Behan, who lived with him, by beating and kicking her. August 7.(7)

8th. August Wednesday
A robbery was committed at the Manchester Stamp Office, Cross Street, August 8, when property to the amount of £1,700 was stolen.(7)

10th. August Friday
A conversazione of the Manchester Photographic Society was held at the Royal Institution, August 10.(7)

3rd. September Monday
The foundation stone of St. Mary's Hospital, in Quay Street, was laid by the Bishop of Manchester, September 3.(7)

5th. September Wednesday
The foundation stone of the new Manchester Workhouse was laid by Mr. C. H. Rickards, September 5.(7)

27th. September Thursday
The chancel of St. John's Roman Catholic Church was opened Sept. 27.(7)

30th. October Tuesday
Mr. John Kennedy, author of Miscellaneous Papers, 1849, died at Manchester, October 30. He was born at Knockmalling, Kirkcudbright, July 4, 1769, but resided at Chowbent and Manchester from 1784. He came to Manchester in 1791 and began business. The firm of Sandford, McConnel, and Kennedy were machine makers and mule-spinners, and Mr. Kennedy made some improvements in Crompton's mule. He realised a large fortune. He was a man of scientific tastes, and read a number of papers before the Literary and Philosophical Society. There is a memoir of him by Sir W. Fairbairn in Memoirs of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 3rd series, vol. i., p. 147.(7)

2nd. November Friday
The inaugural dinner of the Railway Club took place at the Clarence Hotel, Spring Gardens, November 2.(7)

5th. December Wednesday
The Bishop of Manchester commenced his second visitation of the diocese, December 5.(7)

5th. December Wednesday
A destructive fire broke out in High Street and Marsden Square, Dec. 5.(7)

11th. December Tuesday
At a meeting held in the Town Hall the erection of a statue to James Watt, in front of the Royal Infirmary, was resolved upon, December 11.(7)

27th. December Thursday
The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Miles Platting, was consecrated by Bishop Lee, December 27. The architect was Mr. G. Shaw, and the cost of erection £5,000.(7)

1855
Margaret Oldham died in the workhouse. She claimed to be the first Sunday scholar in Manchester, and stated that in 1780 Molly Scholes, the keeper of a dame's school in Press House Steps, Blackfriars, told her pupils that she was about to open the school on Sunday for religious instruction, and promised the first comer a slice of currant bread! Margaret, going early, found one Betty Hyde a step in advance, but pulled her back by the hair, and claimed the prize. Molly contented them by giving each a slice. (Manchester Guardian Local Notes and Queries, No. 894.)(7)