There was difficulty to in clearing off the barge traffic, several outlets had been made during the previous half-century, the Mersey and Irwell Navigation in 1712, the Weaver Navigation in 1720, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in 1720, and the Bridgewater in 1772, yet the difficulties in transit were still formidable enough, especially in Dale St.
The speech evoked much sympathy and an impromptu address was made to TARLETON who should have their support.
Interest was aroused, the party won fresh courage, and when the merchants and tradesmen, called together by the Mayor and bailiffs [to settle the question with as little interruption as possible to the trade of the town] had to break up their meeting in confusion, each side claiming the majority in the show of hands, the result seemed to offer TARLETONS friends encouragement in anticipating a victory, the consequence was an election extending over 7 days.
A strange scramble at the Exchange end of Dale St was the consequence.
Bringing out a strong barrel of beer he knocked out the head of the cask and began to distribute the contents there and then, while haranguing the mob on the dangers of the Tory alliance. ought to be supported if they would save the honour of the, good old town.
Extracts of interest from Old Liverpool Streets and corners Liverpool Mercury, 1892 DALE STREET June 1790, Liverpool was at the beginning of a stirring election, when Colonel TARLETON, in the interests of the borough issued a strong manifesto for the benefit of such voters as desired to frustrate the corporation in certain schemes running counter to their ideas of political manoeuvring.
Parliament had been dissolved on the 10th, and now some 3 or 4days afterwards the two late members, Bamber GASCOYNE and Lord PENRHYN, had sent out their circulars inviting the freemen to co-operate and by so doing secure the return of these gentlemen to the new House of Commons.The Dale St portion of the trade which the municipal authorities were so anxious to save from interruption, Dale St was at that time as for centuries before, the towns chief outlet, and a recognised way by Ormskirk and Preston to the north.It was one of the oldest Liverpool streets being mentioned in deeds in Edward 111s reign, the period in which our streets were first mentioned by name, the same reign that the earliest of the Inspeximus charters were granted our borough .In 1760 however a turnpike road to Prescot and Warrington was completed and the first stage-coach issuing from Liverpool started from the Golden Fleece in Dale St.In May the first stage-coach to London was advertised, the journey to be made in 2days with 6 passengers, fare 2-10s, and in September of the same year the Dale St, coach was advertised to run every Monday and Thursday at 6am, from Manchester to Liverpool, calling at Warrington and Prescot on the way, the return to be made every Tuesday and Friday. Previous to this travel would have been irksome, for it had to be generally done on horseback.The additional multitude at election time was a serious inconvenience especially at a period when many a voters integrity had to be supported by an intelligence swimming in beer.