The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
April 25th, 1858

Sunday 25th April 1958

Julia went to Wootton Church. Mrs Read took possession of a portion of our seat. In the afternoon I went to Church, rather surprised to find that Mrs Thornson also sat in our seat, when I arrived home, I am sorry to say we all felt very annoyed at the affair. Mr.G.C. and Mr.G.M. drank tea with us.

After tea Mr.G.M. went to chapel. Mr.G.C., Julia and I with the concertina took a walk in the copse. About quarter to 7 o’clock, Mr. G.C. and I went for a most delightful walk as far as the Chapel  corner, during our absence Mr.F.C.L. and Mr. J.P. called in, Julia informed me she spent a very pleasant evening, they were just gone when we arrived home.

April 22nd, 1858

Thursday 22nd April 1858

We gave the parlour a little of our handiwork in dusting and put some new window blinds for the front windows. Julia did a little painting. About 4 o’clock I took a walk as far has Wootton Church to see about a kneeling board being placed in our seat. Mr Cooper was very busy constructing the two seats occupied by Mr. E. Williams and Mrs Read into one square seat for Mr. Hopkins the new owner of Woodside.

January 24th, 1858

Sunday 24th January 1858

I and Julia went to Wootton Church. Grandma very ill with the spasms.

In the afternoon Mrs Read sent Grandma a recipe for the prevention of spasms.

In the evening Julia and I went to Newport for some medicine for Grandma.