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.

September 16th, 1858

Thursday 16th September 1858

I went to Ryde to pay Mothers account at Mr. Hearns. Annie and Emma Jane came in the van to see Grandma. I arrived home by 2 o’clock after which I went to Newport. When I came back I found Mrs Dennis, Mary Louisa and Lucy Emily and the servant, they all returned to Ryde in the van. Fernhill Harvest Supper.

August 12th, 1858

Thursday 12th August 1858

The anniversary of Wootton Parsonage Sunday School. In the evening I took the dear little children home to Ryde. Mrs A. Dennis and Uncle was gone to Ventnor to bring Aunt home in a pony gig.

August 11th, 1858

Wednesday 11th August 1858

Grandma better. In the evening Annie & Emma Jane and I went to a picnic at Packsfield it was a very select and agreeable party, we arrived home by 9 o’clock by our threeselves.

August 1st, 1858

Sunday 1st August 1858

Julia and the two pets went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon I and Annie went to St. Peters Church at Havenstreet, met cousin William and Mr. John Krothson Artist we were very much pleased with the Rev. Mr. Kent – Mr. Simkin came a short way home with us , when we arrived at Wootton Villa we found two of Julia’s friends came to drink tea with us so we had a very agreeable party of friends assembled, after tea Julia and her friends went for a walk. Cousin William and Mr. Krothson left about 9 o’clock and Julia’s friend about ½ past 9 o’clock.

July 30th, 1858

Friday 30th July 1858

My birthday. Mother sent me a bookmark. Intended going to Shanklin to spend the day but to some misunderstanding about getting a pony and cart I was disappointed. In the evening I and the two children went to chapel corner and picked a few winkles, then we rode from Wootton Bridge in Mr. Taylor’s cart. The dear little girls were very much pleased with their evening walk.

July 26th, 1858

Monday 26th July 1858

I and Annie and Emma went to Shide for Grandma’s Interest money.  In the afternoon Julia and Annie went to Littletown Sabbath School Anniversary Tea party. Mr. W. Cooper and Mrs. Cooper called to see Grandma on their return from Rookley.

July 25th, 1858

Sunday 25th July 1858

I and Annie and Emma went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon Cousin William drank tea with us. In the evening Mr. and Mrs …… called in.

July 23rd, 1858

Friday 23rd July 1858

I and Emma Jane went to Newport. Mrs. Dennis Miss Emma Austin and Mary Louisa and the baby Lucy Emily drank tea with us.

July 21st, 1858

Wednesday 21st July 1858

I went to Newport, In the afternoon I went to Ryde to invite Cousins Annie Eliza and Emma Jane to stay with us a few weeks. Mr. G.C. rode home to Wootton Bridge with me.