INSTITUTION FOR RESTORING DROWNED PERSONS

Drowning is an accident so frequent here, as to render this situation very necessary. Above 400 persons have become objects of it since its institution in 1775, more than one half of whom have been restored. A guinea is given to those who take up a body, if it be afterwards restored to life; if not restored, half a uinea. It is at the Corporation expense. Long poles with hooks at the ends are dispersed in different places about the docks for the purpose of dragging for those persons who fall in.

W Moss

The Liverpool Guide 1796

BLUECOAT HOSPITAL


This Structure (In School lane, behind St Peters Church) was raised so long ago as the year 1720. It contains 79 orphan children, 143 fatherless children, and 58 whose parents are in indigent circumstances; being in the whole 280; of whom 230 are boys and 50 girls: they are all cloathed, fed and lodged: the boys are taught reading, writing and accounts; and those intended for the sea are instructed in navigation: the girls are taught reading, writing, spinning, sewing, knitting, and housewifery: they are all at school one half of the day and work the other half: many of the boys are employed in making pins: they are admitted at eight, and put out apprentices at fourteen years old.

W Moss

The Liverpool Guide 1796

Manufactures

The principal manufactures therefore, are chiefly confined to what is necessary to the construction and equipment of ships: the number of shipwrights, only, is said to exceed 3000. A Saltwork for home supply and export is of long standing. Here are several mills, of different constructions, for cotton spinning: and a great many windmills, for the grinding of corn, dying woods, medicines etc. here are also several Sugar houses, Tobacco and Snuff manufacturers; Red and White herring houses; two or three iron foundries and Pipe manufacturers; and a small Glass house. Glass and picture frame making and gilding, have been greatly improved; and printing and engraving are in an advanced state; as also coach and Cabinet making. Watch making has been extensively pursued; and Mr Finney, an Artist of the town constructed and watch to be worn in a ring; which was presented to his present Majesty many years ago.


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