The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
February 21st, 1858

Sunday 21st February 1858

In the afternoon we went to Wootton Church. In the evening to St. Thomas’s Church, Newport, we had a very pleasant walk home.

February 7th, 1858

Sunday 7th February 1858

 Sexagesima Sunday* Julia and I went to Wootton Church, Mr Maddoc it was a delightful sermon,

In the afternoon Mr.G.C. and Miss. J. Brading drank tea with us, after tea we walked into St Thomas’s Church, Newport, arrived home about 9 o’clock.

* No longer officially marked by the Catholic Church, Sexagesima Sunday still shows up in some liturgical calendars. It is the second Sunday before the start of Lent, which makes it the eighth Sunday before Easter. Traditionally, it was the second of three Sundays (Septuagesima is the first and Quinquagesima is the third) of preparation for Lent. Sexagesima literally means “sixtieth,” though it only falls 56 days before Easter.

January 17th, 1858

Sunday 17th January 1858

Julia and I went to Wootton Church – In the evening we went to St Thomas’s Church in Newport. Mr. Connor a very instructive sermon about Paul and his conversion; we arrived home about 9 o’clock.

December 21st, 1857

Monday 21st December 1857

Mother and I went to Claybrooks Farm.

In the afternoon Julia went to Newport. About 4 o’clock M.G.C. and I went to Newport. It was the anniversary of the opening of St Thomas’s Church.

January 20th, 1857

Tuesday 20th January 1857

The consecration of St Thoma’s’s Church Newport. Mr. G. C and Mr. J. Y. G Julia & I went we arrived home about 5 o’clock.