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A series of ascents were made from Salford by several balloonists between 1814  [i] and 1840 [ii] George Green, the most famous balloonist of the time, made several ascents in 1828 [iii]  and 1837 [iv] There was a series of Johnny Green songs one of which was Johnny Green's trip from Owdham to see a balloon ascent' [v]. In the introduction to that song, Harland suggests that it was prompted by Mr Sadler's ascent in 1824 [vi]

[i] Manchester Mercury Tuesday 20 September 1814
[ii] Manchester Times Saturday 17 October 1840
[iii] Manchester Mercury Tuesday 05 August 1828
[iv] Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Saturday 28 October 1837 and Manchester Times Saturday 11 November 1837
[v] Harland, John, songs of the Wilsons (London, Whittaker & sons, 1865) pp49-52
[vi] Manchester Mercury Tuesday 27 April 1824 



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