The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
September 26th, 1858

Sunday 26th September 1858

Julia went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon I drank tea at Mr. Dore’s. In the evening I went to St. Thomas’s Church . Mr. W.W.D walked home with me. Miss J. Rolf and Mr. F.L. Cousin William and little Annie drank tea with Grandma. Mr. J.P. called in about 9 o’clock on his return from Portsmouth.

August 2nd, 1858

Monday 2nd August 1859

A Grand Review and presentation of the Victoria Cross by the Queen on Southsea Common. Cousin William, Mr. Krothson Schoolmaster, Mr. Krothson Artist and I went across on the one o’clock steamer it was crowed to excess, we landed at Portsea we went …….the gunwharf etc with which I was very much interested. We then went on the Common where it was supposed there was 000 persons assembled, It was a most imposing sight we saw all the troops pass under the archway, and then saw them man the yards and give the salute. We went to Landport and saw the train start after which we came back to Portsmouth had tea and then crossed over to Gosport in the floating bridge, hired a boat  back to Portsmouth and started from the Victoria about 9 o’clock the steamer being delayed on account of the excursion train from Crystal Palace. Cousin William and Mr. F walked home to Wootton with me. I arrived about 11 o’clock. Grandma had gone to bed as she did not expect me home when it was so late. I spent a truly instructive and amusing and pleasant day.

February 12th, 1858

Friday 12th February 1858

Mother went to Portsmouth, arrived home about 6 o’clock.

November 16th, 1857

Monday 16th November 1857

Julia and I went to Newport. Grandma made us a present of two scarlet lindsay skirts. In the evening Mother returned from Ryde and brought us some wedding cake, Mr J Austin and Miss Masterman was married at Portsmouth and Mr Kapping and Miss Smith at Ryde. Mr G.C. called in to see us.

April 17th, 1857

Friday 17th April 1857

I drove Annie home in the donkey cart.

Mrs Dennis arrived from Portsmouth about half passed 5 o’clock.