The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
November 4th, 1858

Thursday 4th November 1858

Julia went to Newport. The invitation to the members of the borough of Newport to dine with their constituents was accepted today, at the Queens’s Rooms about 275 of the electors and their friends had the opportunity of welcoming their respected representatives, Charles Mangles and Charles Bart Esqs., in the good old English style with with good old English fare and the best the cellar could supply. The viands were supplied most bountifully by Mr. Read of the Wheatsheaf. On Saturday Jacob Brading was charged with trespassing in pursuit of game and fined 40s and costs. At Ryde there was a tea party held at the Working Men’s Institute.

February 16th, 1858

Tuesday 16th February 1858

A very fine day. Julia and I walked into Newport and heard the examination of the British school children in the Queen Rooms, we arrived home about 10 o’clock.

January 21st, 1858

Thursday 21st January 1858

This evening Julia and I went into Newport to hear Mr. Henry Vincent deliver an oration at the Queens Rooms on the “Social foibles of English Life”. It was very interesting amusing and instructive, the room was very full. Mr. Bing sat in the chair. We enjoyed it very much indeed and arrived home about 1/4 past 11 o’clock – Mr. Christian at the Terrace departed this life one day last week.

January 18th, 1858

Monday 18th January 1858

Mother and I went to Newport. In the evening Julia and I went to Newport to the Queens Rooms. Rev. Dr. Cummings delivered a lecture on the bible. Its objection, general adaptions and chapters. The room was very much crowded. Mr. Hall from Parkhurst  took the chair. Mr Ward, Mr. Smith and Mr. Froghatt and others was on the platform. The meeting closed about 9 o’clock.

October 26th, 1857

Monday 26th October 1857

I drove mother as far as the lodge gates on the road to Ryde in the donkey cart, it was a very pleasant morning. On my return home I called to see Mrs Tharle and having hindered her for about half an hour I resumed my journey. I met Robert but did not have any gossip with him, he was looking much better than when I saw him last. Mother returned from Ryde about quarter to 8 o’clock.

She informed us that Uncle Thomas was recovering from an attack of gout and that the dear little girls has had the measles. Eliza Annie and Emma Jane was convalescent but Mary Lousia is still very poorly. We heard that talented company of Ryde Theatre had taken the Queens Rooms, Newport for five nights. The first performance to commence this evening at 7 o’clock. I played a few tunes on the Flutina to myself, after which we had supper and retired to rest about 10 o’clock.