The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
November 18th, 1858

Wednesday 17th November 1858

I went to Newport. In the evening Mr. W.W.D and Mr. F.L. called to see us. Mr. Mew at Mousehill gave a clock for Littletown Chapel.

September 7th, 1858

Tuesday 7th September 1858

I went to Newport. In the afternoon a thanksgiving at Littletown Chapel for such a delightful Harvest. In the evening I went to chapel, there were four speakers. They had some cards to distribute to help to repay the debt of the chapel which is £50.0.0., Miss J W took a card.

June 1st, 1858

Tuesday 1st June 1858

We received a letter from Mother. I went to Newport.

In the evening, Fanny and I went to Chapel, Mr. Pollard received the tickets for those who wished to take them, but there were a great many absentees.

May 9th, 1858

Sunday 9th May 1858

Julia went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon I went to Church, Mrs Alford and Norah was there. In the evening I went to Littletown Chapel. At the Victoria Rooms Ryde there was a funeral sermon preached by Mr. Pritchard on Mr. John Reeves. We heard there was 1200 persons assembled, the text was taken from the 4th chapter of the 2nd of Timothy, beginning at the 6th verse.

May 6th, 1858

Thursday 6th May 1858

Thomas Pittis brought us some duck eggs from Newport, so we sat one of our hens on them. I went to Littletown Prayer Meeting.

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.

April 27th, 1858

Tuesday 27th April 1858

I went to Newport. In the evening I went to Littletown Prayer Meeting, arrived home by half past 9 o’clock.

April 24th, 1858

Saturday 24th April 1858

I went to Newport. In the afternoon Julia walked in to see her friend Miss Jane Rolf.

April 13th, 1858

Tuesday 13th April 1858

I went to Newport. In the evening I went to the prayer meeting at Littletown. I enjoyed it very much. I arrived home about 9 o’clock.

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.