The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
January 14th, 1859

Friday 14th January 1859

Mr. George Cooper called in Grandma paid him 6s* for putting a new top to mahogany table.


**Using the Retail Price Index 6 shillings in 1859 is now worth approximately £22.
If Average Earnings is used the calculated figure is a staggering £122.00

January 9th, 1859

Sunday 9th January 1859

I and Julia went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon Mr. T. L went to Wootton Church. Mr G. C drank tea with us. After tea I and Mr. W. W. D walked to Ryde, we went to Trinity Church, arrived home about 1/2 past nine o’clock.

December 31st, 1858

Friday 31st December 1858

I went to Newport. In the afternoon Mr. Thorne and Miss Thorne drank tea with us. In the evening Mr. G.C, W.W.D. and F.L. called in so that we spent a very happy evening.

December 10th, 1858

Friday 10th December 1858

Mr.F. Lewis’ birthday 21 years of age. In the afternoon Mr.G.C. had a tooth extracted. In the evening Julia returned from Ryde, Mr.W.W.Dore and F.L. called in.

November 22nd, 1858

Monday 22nd November 1858

I went to Newport. Mrs. J. Moody confined with a daughter. In the evening Mr. G.C. dank tea with us.

October 1st, 1858

Friday 1st October 1858

I went to Ryde. In the evening Mr. G.C. called in.

September 19th, 1858

Sunday 19th September 1858

A very wet day. In the afternoon Mr. G.C. came and drank tea with us.

September 14th, 1858

Tuesday 14th September 1858

I went to Newport. Miss D. drank tea with us. In the evening Mr. G.C. called in so he went part of the way to Newport with Miss D. and I.

September 5th, 1858

Sunday 5th September 1858

I received the sacrament at Wootton Church. In the afternoon Mr. J.K. and Miss Dore drank tea with me Mr. G.C . Mr. H…. and Mr…… went to?

August 30th, 1858

Monday 30th August 1858

Last Saturday there was a Harvest Supper at Combley Farm. Mr. J..G Mr. G.C. Mrs Tharle and Miss Cooper etc went.