The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
August 24th, 1858

Tuesday 24th August 1858

Grandma rather better. I went to Newport, in the evening Julia walked into Newport, rode home in Mr. Lamberts carriage. Mr. G.C. called in to see Grandma.

July 29th, 1858

29th July 1858

Mr. G.C and Mr. J.G.G. returned form Portsdown.

July 27th, 1858

Tuesday 27th July 1858

Portsdown Fair.  Mr. G.C and Mr. J.G.G. went to Portsdown.


Editors note: Portsdown Fair was an annual event taking place on the 26th, 27th and 28th July. The last fair was held in 1861.

The fair was revived in Edwardian times being held on Easter Monday. The picture above is from 1910.


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.

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 30th, 1858

Wednesday 30th June 1858

I went to Newport. In the evening I went to Wootton Bridge called in Mrs Tharles returned a newspaper Mr. G.C lent us on Monday. I arrived home by ½ past 9 o’clock Mr. G.C accompanied me.

June 27th, 1858

Sunday 27th June 1858

I went to Wootton Church and received the sacrament. In the afternoon Julia went to church. In the evening she went to Wootton Bridge Captain Brown preached at the free Wesleyan Chapel. Mr. G.C came home with her. Mrs Moore confined but the baby only lived a few minutes.

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 15th, 1858

Tuesday 15th June 1858

I went to Newport Rev. Mr. Beston called to see Grandma on his way to Mr. Scots. In the evening Mr.G.C called 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.