The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
October 18th, 1858

Monday 18th October 1858

Received a letter from Mother who informed us she is expecting to leave Fareham about the 9 of November. Mr. C. Heenley was sentenced to 3 months in Winchester Jail for breaking the peace during one of his fits of habitual intoxication.

July 6th, 1858

Tuesday 6th July 1858

Mother left us today for Fareham. I went to the end of Ryde pier with her. I put up my donkey at the Star Inn dined at Uncles and drank tea with William. I arrived home about 8 o’clock.

June 28th, 1858

Monday 28th June 1858

General holiday – I went to Newport had a very pleasant ride in the donkey gig. There was a pleasure seeking party went from Wootton Bridge to Sandown. Julia was invited to join them but owing to a prior engagement she was obliged to decline. Mr. Pittis drove one party in Mr. Pophams waggon to a tea party at Ventnor, and some of our Littletown friends went to Gunville Bazaars. There was also a tea party in Carisbrooke Castle and another at Wootton Farm, so we were quite gay by seeing others out pleasure seeking. Fareham Asylum folks had a gypsy party on Portsdown Hill.

April 29th, 1858

Thursday 29th April 1858

Miss Fanny Wall and Mr George Moody Junior went to Fareham Asylum, they returned about 5 o’clock, they drank tea with us. Mr Baily and Mr (no name) preached at Littletown Chapel. In the evening Mr G.C. and Julia went to the amateur dramatic entertainment, they were highly amused with the performance.

March 9th, 1858

Tuesday 9th March 1858

Mother left us for Fareham. I drove her in the donkey cart as far as the corner and met the coach. In the evening I rather poorly.

February 25th, 1858

Thursday 25th February 1858

Mother received a letter from Fareham, Uncle Thomas also sent for Mother to come to Ryde as Aunt was very ill. In the afternoon I drove Mother in the donkey cart to Ryde, I called and saw Cousin William and family, they were all quite well but I am sorry to say Uncle and Aunt were both very ill, I arrived home about 5 o’clock. I then went into Newport for some bread. About half past 8 o’clock Mr.G.C. called to see us , we spent a very pleasant evening.