The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
January 23rd, 1859

Saturday 23rd January 1859

I went to Newport, had the donkey shod.

May 31st, 1858

Monday 31st May 1858

Julia very tired indeed, we put Daisy out in Mr Alford’s fields for the first time this year.

March 16th, 1858

Tuesday 16th March 1858

I went to Newport, bought a few shrubs. Had the donkey shod, and heard the very sad news of poor old Mr Hallet at Claybrooke strangled himself last night but I have not heard the particulars. In the evening Julia went to Chapel paid the sitting, 2/6p.

December 7th, 1857

Monday 7th December 1857

I went to Balams Farm to pay for the run of “Daisy”.

November 30th, 1857

Monday 30th November 1857

Julia and I went to Newport.

Mr. Snooke put a new shoe on Daisy’s foot.

November 21st, 1857

Saturday 21st November 1857

Mother went to Newport in the donkey cart, Julia walked into town.

November 3rd, 1857

Tuesday 3rd Novenber 1857

I went to Newport had “Daisy” shod.

In the evening we had a game of fifteen two.

August 24th, 1857

Monday 24th August 1857

Mother drove us part of the way to Ryde in the donkey cart, we went for a walk on the Esplanade. After dinner we went in the field, the dancing on the Green was very pretty.

After tea, Mrs  Dennis, Mr. G. C and a few more friends went to the theatre, but I did not like the performances at all. We had a very pleasant walk home but I dont think its worth while to tell the time when we arrived at Wootton Villa, I think we will pass it by.

July 20th, 1857

Monday 20th July 1857

Rookley Teaparty. Mother Julia and I went in the donkey gig. It was a most delightful ride to Rookley a very pleasant teaparty, and a beautiful home.

In the evening but a slight circumstance occured just before tea, which ruffled Mamas temper very much indeed so that from 3 o’clock till I arrived home and went to bed I think I never was so truly uncomfortable in all my life. I don’t fancy I shall ever forget Rookley Teaparty.

July 17th, 1857

Friday 17th July 1857

I drove Mrs Flux home to Cowes in the donkey cart.