1843 With his brother, Alexander, became a partner in the firm of W. M. Christy and Sons; his father stepped back from running the business.
c1850 When his brother Henry returned from Turkey with a sample of loop-pile towelling fabric, Richard recognized its potential commercial value. Samuel Holt, an employee working at the Hillgate Mill, developed a method of manufacturing the towels by machine and so production commenced, creating the "Turkish Towel".
1862 Married Alice Ashworth in Bolton
1871 Richard Christy 51, JP, cotton and linen manufacturer and merchant, lived in Macclesfield with Alice Christy 39, William M Christy 8, Henry E Christy 5
1874 Became Chairman of the firm
1881 Richard Christy 61, JP for Cheshire and Lancashire, lived in Macclesfield with Alice Christy 49
1891 Richard Christy 71, living on own means in Up Marden, Sussex, with Alice Christy 59, William M Christy 28, barrister, Henry E Christy 25, living on own means
1898 Died in Sussex