1864       

2nd. January Saturday
The Manchester City News, No. 1, Saturday, January 2, was published by Charles Gowen Smith.(7)

14th. January Thursday
The amount of loan sanctioned by the Poor Law Board for the city of Manchester for the several purposes, as provided for by the Public Works Act, 1863-64-£25,000, January 11; £130,000, January 14.(7)

February
The Education Aid Society was established in Manchester, February. Its principal founder was Mr. Edward Brotherton.(7)

4th. March Friday
A fire at Messrs. Roby and Harwood's caused damage estimated at £8,000. March 4.(7)

15th. March Tuesday
Stamp Collectors' Advertiser, No. 1, March 15, was published by C. and H. Gloyn, Acomb House; printed by A. I. Jones, Cavendish Street, afterwards by A. Ireland & Co., Pall Mall. Its existence was a very short one.(7)

22nd. March Tuesday
The Permissive Bill of the United Kingdom Alliance was introduced in the House of Commons by Wilfrid Lawson and Thomas Bazley, March 22.(7)

4th. April Monday
Alderman William Neild died suddenly in one of the committee rooms of the Town Hall, April 4. He was born near Bowdon, in 1789, and having married a daughter of the founder, became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Thomas Hoyle and Sons, calico printers. He was one of the foremost of those who obtained for Manchester its civic charter, and was one of the first aldermen appointed. He was interested in education, and was chairman of the trustees of the Owens College. He is buried in Bowdon Churchyard.(7)

10th. April Sunday
A Reform conference, under the presidency of Mr. George Wilson, was held in Manchester, April 10.(7)

25th. April Monday
The Albert Memorial Church, Queen's Road, Miles Platting, was consecrated April 25. The architect was Mr. J. Lowe. The sittings number 665. The cost was £4,400.(7)

26th. April Tuesday
Mr. John Shuttleworth died April 26. He was born at Strangeways in 1786 and for many years was a leader amongst the advanced reformers of the town. He was one of the first aldermen elected, but retired in 1860. He held the office of distributor of stamps. He was an effective speaker and writer. His last public appearance was when reading a paper at the British Association, in 1861, on the Manchester Gasworks.(7)

27th. April Wednesday
Mr. James Kershaw, M.P., died at his residence, Manor House, Streatham, April 27. He was born in Manchester in 1795, and was the head of the firm of Messrs. Kershaw, Sidebottom, and Berry. He was a member of the Corporation, and in 1847 was elected M.P. for Stockport, which he represented until his death. He was an office-holder in Dr. Halley's Independent Church; and in Parliament, as a silent member, gave his support to the Liberal party. (Gentleman's Magazine, June, 1864, p. 809.)(7)

14th. May Saturday
The Consecration of St. Michael's Church, Hulme, took place May 14. (See under date March 10, 1863.)(7)

16th. May Monday
The annual Whitsuntide procession of the children of the Church of England Sunday Schools was held May 16. The number of scholars was about 13,883.(7)

15th. June Wednesday
The foundation stone of the Memorial Hall, Albert Square, was laid by Mr. Alderman Mackie, June 15.(7)

June
There was a strike of workmen engaged in building the new County Prison, Strangeways, in June.(7)

25th. July Monday
The first Assizes for the hundred of Salford were held in the Assize Courts, Manchester, July 25.(7)

4th. August Thursday
The corner stone of the new tower to the Cathedral was laid by Bishop Lee, August 4.(7)

4th. August Thursday
Mr. George Darling died August 4. He was for nineteen years superintendent of the Rusholme Road Sunday School, where a tablet has been placed to his memory. He is buried in Ardwick Cemetery. (Griffith's Memories of the Past, p. 228.)(7)

7th. October Friday
Mr. John Heywood died October 7. He was born in 1804, and was a brother of Alderman Abel Heywood. He was the founder of a large bookselling printing, and publishing business. He was elected a member of the City Council in March, 1860, but was defeated in November, 1861. He was chairman of the Chorlton Guardians.(7)

14th. October Friday
The Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited Manchester, October 14, and distributed the prizes gained at Oxford Local Middle-class Examinations.(7)

20th. October Thursday
Rev. Richard Bassnett, M.A., incumbent of Gorton, died, October 20. He was born at Manchester in 1799, and wrote Reflections on Liturgical Reforms, 1833. (Grammar School Register, vol. iii., p. 49.)(7)

31st. October Monday
Lord Stanley presided at the annual dinner of the Warehousemen and Clerks' Association, at the Queen's Hotel, October 31.(7)

7th. November Monday
The statue of the late Prince Consort, by Matthew Noble, was inaugurated in Peel Park, Salford, November 7.(7)

9th. November Wednesday
Alderman John Marsland Bennett, who was elected Mayor of Manchester November 9, was on the same day elected Mayor of Ardwick. By custom a mayor is appointed for the manors of Upper and Lower Ardwick. The manor was purchased by Alderman Bennett in 1869.(7)

28th. December Wednesday
Mr James Heywood Markland, D.C.L., F.R.S. died at Bath, December 28. He was born in Manchester December 7, 1788. This distinguished antiquary was the author of Chester Mysteries, 1818; Remarks on English Churches, Third edition, 1813; Prayers and Life of Bishop Ken, and other works and papers, chiefly on archæology and ecclesiology (Gentleman's Magazine, vol xviii, 1865, p. 649.)(7)

1864
The house at Crumpsall, known as "Oldham's tenement," and believed to be the birthplace of Bishop Oldham, was demolished. A description with photographs was privately printed by Mr. (afterwards Sir) Thomas Baker.(7)

1864
The Manchester Cotton Company Limited was wound up, and the plant in India sold.(7)

1864
The Wholesale Co-Operative Society was established.(7)

1864
The Hunt's Bank Bridge was built. It is constructed of iron and is of one span.(7)

1864
The Prince's Theatre, Oxford Street, was built. The property belonged to a joint-stock company.(7)