From 1828 to 1847 the newspaper was edited by Archibald Prentice, a political radical and advocate of free trade. After swallowing the Manchester Gazette, the paper took the title Manchester Times and Gazette in 1831. In 1835 the paper published a series of letters by Richard Cobden, and Prentice subsequently made it a mouthpiece for the Anti-Corn-Law League.
In 1849 the paper merged with the Manchester Examiner, recently founded as a radical competitor after a falling out between Prentice and Cobden, and became the Manchester Examiner and Times. Briefly known as the Manchester Weekly Examiner & Times in 1856-57, the paper settled down under the title Manchester Weekly Times and Examiner (or simply Manchester Weekly Times) in 1858.
The newspaper's last issue appeared on 22 July 1922.
- "Prentice, Archibald". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Digitised copies of the Manchester Times at the British Newspaper Archive
- R. E. G. Smith, ed. (1964). Newspapers first published before 1900 in Lancashire, Cheshire, and the Isle of Man: a union list of holdings in libraries and newspaper offices within that area. Library Association, Reference, Special, and Information Section. p. 26. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
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