The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
November 3rd, 1858

Wednesday 3rd November 1858

I and Emma Jane arrived from Ryde about 12 o’clock. In the afternoon we went into Newport saw Uncle William’s son and daughter from Cowes. Mrs.W. Dennis. Emma Jane and Eliza Annie drank tea with Julia, drove them part of the road home in the donkey cart.

October 26th, 1857

Monday 26th October 1857

I drove mother as far as the lodge gates on the road to Ryde in the donkey cart, it was a very pleasant morning. On my return home I called to see Mrs Tharle and having hindered her for about half an hour I resumed my journey. I met Robert but did not have any gossip with him, he was looking much better than when I saw him last. Mother returned from Ryde about quarter to 8 o’clock.

She informed us that Uncle Thomas was recovering from an attack of gout and that the dear little girls has had the measles. Eliza Annie and Emma Jane was convalescent but Mary Lousia is still very poorly. We heard that talented company of Ryde Theatre had taken the Queens Rooms, Newport for five nights. The first performance to commence this evening at 7 o’clock. I played a few tunes on the Flutina to myself, after which we had supper and retired to rest about 10 o’clock.