1858       

14th. January Thursday
A testimonial, consisting of a valuable timepiece and a box containing three hundred sovereigns, was presented to Captain Willis, upon his resignation of his position as chief constable, January 14.(7)

28th. January Thursday
Rev. Richard Parkinson, D.D., died January 28, at the Priory of St. Bees. He was of yeoman stock, and was born at Woodgates, Chipping, and after an early education at Brabin's School went on to Hawkshead Grammar School and St. John's College, Cambridge. He became master of Lea School, near Preston, edited the Preston Pilot, became theological tutor of St. Bee's College, of which he was afterwards principal, and in 1830 Rector of Whitworth, near Rochdale. In 1833 he was elected a Fellow of Manchester Church. He is the author of several volumes on theology, but is best remembered by his Old Church Clock, which was published in 1843. The fifth edition appeared in 1880, and by the copious annotations of its editor, Mr. John Evans, has become an important book of local history.(7)

16th. March Tuesday
The new warehouse - belonging to Messrs. Watts, in Portland Street, was opened for business, March 16.(7)

20th. March Saturday
The cotton spinning and doubling mill of Messrs. Lewis and Williams, Minshull Street, was destroyed by fire, causing damage which was estimated at about £20,000, March 20.(7)

25th. March Thursday
The Synagogue of British Jews, in York Street, Cheetham Hill Road, was consecrated, March 25.(7)

31st. March Wednesday
A meeting on Parliamentary Reform was held in the Salford Town Hall, March 31. The mayor, Mr. W. Harvey, presided.(7)

21st. April Wednesday
A public dinner given to Sir James Brooke, K.C.B., Rajah of Sarawak, at the Queen's Hotel, Piccadilly, April 21. Mr. Ivie Mackie, mayor, presided.(7)

14th. May Friday
A meeting of the Cotton Supply Association was held in the Town Hall, May 14, for the purpose of encouraging the culture of cotton in our East Indian possessions.(7)

24th. May Monday
The annual Whitsuntide procession of the scholars of the Church of England Sunday Schools took place, May 24. The number of scholars was 11,985.(7)

14th. June Monday
21 Victoria, cap. 24. Act for enabling the Justices of the County of Lancaster to erect or provide Assize Courts in or near Manchester, and for other purposes. June 14.(7)

14th. June Monday
21 Victoria, cap. 25. Act for enabling the Corporation of the City of Manchester to raise further sums of money, and for other purposes. June 14.(7)

14th. June Monday
21 Victoria, cap. 37. Act for the more effectual management and repair of the road from Manchester, through Hyde, to Mottram-in-Longdendale, county of Chester. June 14.(7)

16th. June Wednesday
Rev. Jabez Bunting, D.D., died June 16 at his house, 30, Myddelton Square, London. He was born at Newton Lane, Manchester, May 13, 1779, and was taken by his mother to Oldham Street Chapel to receive Wesley's blessing. For fifty-nine years he was a minister of the Methodist Connexion, and had occupied every position of prominence in it. For many years he was the most representative man of that great religious organisation. He was educated by Dr. Percival, and had for his early religious friends Dr. Adam Clarke and Dr. Coke. The first volume of a Life of Dr. Bunting, by his son, Mr. T. P. Bunting, appeared in 1859. There are several portraits of him.(7)

22nd. June Tuesday
Mr. Thomas Edmondson died June 22. When booking clerk at the Milton Station, on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, he devised the ticket system now in general use. He afterwards removed to Manchester, where he founded ticket-printing establishments.(7)

23rd. June Wednesday
Rev. John Clunie, LL.D., died June 23. He was born at London, April 9, 1784, and was the Principal of Leaf Square and Seedley Grove Academies, 1812 to 1837. He was the author of a Funeral Sermon for Rev. William Roby, 1830, and other pamphlets.(7)

28th. June Monday
21 and 22 Victoria. Act providing for the separate incorporation of the overseers of the several townships of Manchester, Ardwick, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, and Hulme, for specific purposes, for the levying and collection of rates, for the extinguishing the exemption of gasworks from rates. June 28.(7)

2nd. July Friday
A boiler explosion occurred at Messrs. Sharp, Stewart, and Co.'s Atlas Works, Great Bridgewater Street, July 2, when seven persons were killed and five seriously injured.(7)

12th. July Monday
21 and 22 Victoria, cap. 87. Act for amending the Acts relating to the Manchester Corporation Waterworks. July 12.(7)

5th. August Thursday
The statue of the late Mr. Joseph Brotherton, M.P., was inaugurated in Peel Park, Salford, August 5. The cost was defrayed by public subscription.(7)

9th. September Thursday
The annual show of the Manchester and Liverpool Agricultural Society was held at Longsight, September 9.(7)

27th. September Monday
Mr. Ernest Jones, the Chartist leader, who had now settled in Manchester, gave a lecture on Parliamentary Reform, in Heyrod Street, September 27.(7)

2nd. October Saturday
St. George's Church, Charlestown, was consecrated by Bishop Lee, Oct. 2. The architect was Mr. E. H. Shellard, and the cost of erection £7,000. It was enlarged in 1862.(7)

9th. October Saturday
The Duke of Cambridge visited Manchester, October 9.(7)

21st. October Thursday
Rev. Samuel Hall, M.A., died October 21. He was the eldest son of the Rev. Samuel Hall, of St. Ann's, and was educated at the Grammar School, and St. John's College, Cambridge. When perpetual curate of Billinge he abandoned his Calvinistic views, and, becoming a Universalist, resigned his position in the Church of England.(7)

21st. October Thursday
Lord John Russell delivered an address at the Manchester Athenĉum soiree, held in the Free Trade Hall, October 21.(7)

22nd. October Friday
Mr. John Young Caw, F.S.A. (Scotland), died Oct. 22. He was born at Perth about 1810. He was the author of works on banking, a paper on Goldsmith's Deserted Village, and another on Ecclesiastical Affairs in Manchester. (Dictionary of National Biography.)(7)

23rd. October Saturday
St. John the Baptist's Church, Embden Street, Hulme, built from the designs of Mr. E. H. Shellard, was consecrated October 23. It was built by subscription, one of the principal subscribers and workers being Mr Herbert Birley.(7)

25th. October Monday
Sir John Potter, M.P., died at his residence, Beech House, Pendleton, October 25, in the 44th year of his age. He was the son of Sir Thomas Potter, and took an important part in the public life of the town. He was the founder of the Manchester Free Library, and an interesting sketch of him is given in Edwards's Free Town Libraries. When the Moderate Liberals deserted the "Manchester School" their choice fell upon Sir John, who defeated Mr. Bright at the election of 1857. He was buried at Ardwick Cemetery October 30, when the respect felt by his fellow-citizens was shown by a public funeral.(7)

13th. November Saturday
St. Mary's Church, Hulme, was consecrated November 13. The building was begun in 1853. The spire was completed July 26, 1856, and ascends to the height of 224 feet 4 inches; above this is a vane 18 feet high, making a total altitude of 242 feet. This beautiful church owes its origin to the munificence of the late Mr. Wilbraham Egerton, of Tatton Park, who died in 1856. The cost was £16,000. The architect was Mr. J. C. Crowther.(7)

17th. November Wednesday
Mr. Thomas Bazley was elected M.P. for Manchester, in the place of Sir John Potter, deceased, November 17.(7)

17th. November Wednesday
Mr. Robert Owen died Nov. 17. He was born at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, May 14, 1771, and after being a draper's assistant became manager of a cotton mill at Manchester, where he distinguished himself by business ability and care for the workpeople. He married the daughter of Mr. David Dale, and his mills at New Lanark, near Glasgow, became models to which visitors came from all parts of the world. He became the apostle of Socialism, and devoted to its advocacy both time and money in an unstinted degree. He had great qualities, and some foibles, but his generosity and disinterestedness were never questioned, even by his slanderers. Thousands of the working classes embraced his doctrine as harbingers of a better day, but the failure of several attempts to establish communities checked its progress, and the agitation gradually ceased. The modern co-operative movement is perhaps the most important legacy that Socialism has left. The story of the Socialist agitation, which had many adherents in Manchester, must be sought in the lives of Owen, by Sargant, and by Booth; in Owen's numerous writings; and In Holyoake's History of Co-operation.(7)

4th. December Saturday
St. Luke's Church, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, was consecrated by Bishop Lee, December 4. It was built in 1804, at a cost of £2,500. In 1865 it was rebuilt, at a cost of £7,000, and was consecrated by Bishop Lee, July 1, 1865.(7)

21st. December Tuesday
Rev. Henry Halford Jones, F.R.A.S., died December 21. He was a native of Brownsover, near Rugby, where he was born June 6, 1787. He was the author of Philosophy of Education, 1837, and other tracts. (Monthly Notices, B. Astro. S., xxx. 119.)(7)

1858
Mr. Robert Wilson Smiles appointed librarian of the Manchester Free Libraries, on the resignation of Mr. Edward Edwards. Mr. Smiles resigned in 1862.(7)

1858
The lectures delivered by the Rev. Arthur Mursell on Sunday afternoons began to excite attention. The earlier lectures were delivered at the Heyrod Street Institution, and their popularity led to their continuance at the Free Trade Hall. Several series were printed, and had a large sale. Some of the lectures gave rise to considerable controversy, and there is quite a pamphlet literature about them. Of most of these tracts there are copies in the Manchester Free Library. There are several details of interest in the Manchester City News Notes and Queries, vol. i., pp. 320, 324.(7)