The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
August 12th, 1858

Thursday 12th August 1858

The anniversary of Wootton Parsonage Sunday School. In the evening I took the dear little children home to Ryde. Mrs A. Dennis and Uncle was gone to Ventnor to bring Aunt home in a pony gig.

July 6th, 1858

Tuesday 6th July 1858

Mother left us today for Fareham. I went to the end of Ryde pier with her. I put up my donkey at the Star Inn dined at Uncles and drank tea with William. I arrived home about 8 o’clock.

March 1st, 1858

Monday 1st March 1858

We discovered that six of the eggs we sat the hen on was barren, so that out of the 14 eggs we have only 8 chickens, but they are very healthy sweet little creatures. We heard that Mr. John Young was married a short time back to Mrs Rawlins at Ryde, Mr. Young is nearly 74 years of age. In the evening mother arrived home from Ryde, Uncle and Aunt still very ill. A tea party at Newport Bible Christian chapel.

February 25th, 1858

Thursday 25th February 1858

Mother received a letter from Fareham, Uncle Thomas also sent for Mother to come to Ryde as Aunt was very ill. In the afternoon I drove Mother in the donkey cart to Ryde, I called and saw Cousin William and family, they were all quite well but I am sorry to say Uncle and Aunt were both very ill, I arrived home about 5 o’clock. I then went into Newport for some bread. About half past 8 o’clock Mr.G.C. called to see us , we spent a very pleasant evening.

January 20th, 1858

Wednesday 20th January 1858

Mother and Julia went to Ryde, they went and saw Miss Harriet Sherwood, Cousin William Uncle and Aunt and arrived home to Wootton Villa about 7 o’clock. I finished my crochet window blind.

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.

March 25th, 1857

Wednesday 25th March 1857

Mother received a note from uncle Thomas stating that last evening Mrs Player on getting into bed sprained her hand and wished mother to come to Ryde and stay for a few days.

January 29th, 1857

Thursday 29th January 1857

Mr. Scot called to see Grandma and wished me to join the church. In the afternoon Uncle Thomas came to see us.

After tea we went as far as Quarr with him.