The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
July 15th, 1858

Thursday 15th July 1858

In the afternoon Fanny and I drank tea near Blacklands we had a little gypsy party. In the evening it came on to rain so we arrived home about 9 o’clock very tired indeed.

July 4th, 1858

Sunday 4th July 1858

Julia and I was both enabled to go to church this morning which was a great treat. In the afternoon we went to an open air meeting at Littletown. Miss Fanny Wall and Mr. G.C drank tea with us.

In the evening Cousin William called to see us. Mr. G.C and Cousin left us about 20 minutes to 9 o’clock, after which we girls went for a pleasant little walk but we were caught in a shower so that we got a little wet.

June 23rd, 1858

Wednesday 23rd June 1858

Fanny and I went to Newport.

June 20th, 1858

Sunday 20th June 1858

Julia went to Wootton Church , there was a very large congregation assembled. In the afternoon I and Fanny went to Arreton Church, we heard that Mr. Gattrel and Miss Whittington was asked in church for the first time. In the evening Mr. G.C called to see us.

June 19th, 1858

Saturday 19th June 1858

I went to Wootton Church and saw the remains of Mrs Sanders buried near the old pollard at the back of the church. All the family followed. In the afternoon Fanny and I went to Newport. In the evening Julia walked into Newport.

June 16th, 1858

Wednesday 16th June 1858

The Ryde Band played for the first time this season on the Esplanade near the Castle. Julia drank tea with Fanny at Woodhouse.

June 7th, 1858

Monday 7th June 1858

I went to Newport. I then went to Wootton Churchyard and gave Grandfathers headstone one coat of paint. In the evening Fanny came to see us.

June 6th, 1858

Sunday 6th June 1858

 Julia went to Wootton Church. Mr Scot returned. In the afternoon Fanny and I went to Arreton Church Mr Beston preached an excellent sermon from the words ‘What shall a man give in exchange for his soul’. We then walked over Ashey Down into Ryde we then went to the opening of the new free Wesleyan Chapel, Captain Brown preached from the words ‘ and they received him not’ . We arrived home about ¼ past 9 0’clock having walked about 15 miles without taken any refreshment. Mr G.C. suffered with us, Julia and Mr G.C. went part of the way home with Fanny.

June 4th, 1858

Friday 4th June 1858

I went to Newport. In the afternoon, Fanny and I went to Wootton Church and cut the grass of Grandfathers headstone. We heard that poor Old Mrs Player departed this life on Tuesday last, aged 77 years.

June 2nd, 1858

Wednesday 2nd June 1858

Miss. Jane Rolf dined with us. In the afternoon I went to Newport. Fanny drank tea with us, after tea I went to Woodhouse, Julia went part way home with Miss Rolf, she left Wootton Villa about half past 8. I had some fuchsias, dahlias etc  given me. I arrived home quarter past 9 o’clock.