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Salford: a city of firsts
1758 The very FIRST steamboat in the world, seven years before the American experiment which claimed the credit, was built at Worsley, and used on the Bridgewater Canal, with engines by Messrs. Sharratt, the Salford engineers.
1760 James Brindley builds the FIRST major canal and underground colliery at Worsley. This was the start of the transport revolution, which led to the industrial revolution.
1806 Chapel Street becomes the FIRST street to be lit by artificial light.
1824 The FIRST horse-drawn bus service runs between Pendleton and Manchester.
1830 The world's FIRST railway accident victim was William Huskisson MP, who was knocked down on the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and died at Eccles vicarage.
1835 The founding of the FIRST and oldest teetotal and friendly society, the Independent Order of Rechabites.
1836 Scottish engineer James Nasmyth, invents the FIRST steam hammer.
1846 Lark Hill (later Peel Park) was the FIRST of three public parks established by subscription in Manchester and Salford.
1848 Salford establishes the FIRST unconditionally free public lending library in the United Kingdom.
1850 On August 7th the FIRST beam of electricity shone out from the roof of Buile Hill in an experiment by William Edwards Staite.
1868 The FIRST meeting of the T.U.C. at the Three Crowns pub in King Street.
1872 The Bridgewater Canal and the Mersey and Irwell Navigation was sold to the Bridgewater Navigation Company for £1,120,000. This was the FIRST million pound cheque written.