St Peter’s Church St Peter's Square Manchester
The Improvements Committee of the Manchester Corporation yesterday received a report from Mr T de Courcy Meade, the City Surveyor on the demolition of St Peter’s Church, Manchester. Mr Meade reported that on Tuesday he received from the contractors who have the work of pulling down the church in hand, a brass tablet, a silver coin, two bronze coins, and three bronze tokens, which were found in the external wall beneath the eastern window of the church. They were encased in lead, and were found by one of the workmen, the point of whose pick struck the tablet. The tablet and coins are in an excellent state of preservation. The plate which is 13 inches by 10 inches bears the following inscription:
THE FIRST STONE OF AN EDIFICE
to be consecrated to the Service of God
On Thursday. 11 day of December
in the year 1788
The Revd. SAMUEL HALL, the intended minister,
a Considerable Number
of the Principal Merchants and Inhabitants
of this Town
Liberal Supporters of this Pious work
William Houghton Esq. Treasr. Jas. Wyatt Esq. Archt.
The coins and the tablet were placed in a cavity of the wall on the occasion of the foundation stone laying. They will be handed over to the Town Hall Committee and finally will probably be deposited in one of the museums.