The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
May 9th, 1858

Sunday 9th May 1858

Julia went to Wootton Church. In the afternoon I went to Church, Mrs Alford and Norah was there. In the evening I went to Littletown Chapel. At the Victoria Rooms Ryde there was a funeral sermon preached by Mr. Pritchard on Mr. John Reeves. We heard there was 1200 persons assembled, the text was taken from the 4th chapter of the 2nd of Timothy, beginning at the 6th verse.

May 4th, 1858

Tuesday 4th May 1858

About half past 1 o’clock, I left Wootton Villa for Ryde. I called and saw Mrs Tharle and also Mrs Cooper. Mr G.C. and I walked from Wootton Bridge to Ryde together, I went and saw Cousin William who informed me that last Sunday Mrs Dennis presented him with another little daughter. I called at Mr. Lake’s and payed (sic) him for the beer, I then called and saw Uncle and Aunt, after which I proceeded to the service at the Victoria Rooms. I am too lazy to write all the particulars so it must suffice the reader to know that  I spent a very particular pleasant evening, but being rather later than Grandma expected she was quite fatigued in sitting up for me. Mr.G.C. saw me safe home for which I was exceedingly grateful.

March 23rd, 1858

Tuesday 23rd March 1858

We received a letter from Mother who informed us that Mrs Jeffery departed this life last Thursday,  she was a great sufferer. In the afternoon I went to Newport. In the evening Julia went for a short walk. The Ryde Sacred Harmonic Concert is held tonight at the Victoria Rooms.

February 3rd, 1858

Wednesday 3rd February 1858

Rather wet day, in the evening Miss Moody and we went to the revival meeting at Wootton Bridge Old Wesleyan Chapel, we arrived home about 10 o’clock. The Sacred Harmonic Society held their second subscription Concert at the Victoria Rooms Ryde last evening, it was very well attended.


January 25th, 1858

Monday 25th January 1858

The Princess Royals wedding took place this afternoon about 1/4 to 1 o’clock at St James Chapel, St. James Palace. About 1300 children was treated to a tea in the Town Hall at Ryde.

In the evening there was a banquet held at the York Hotel. A ball took place in the Town Hall and a “soiree” was held at the Victoria Rooms by the masters and teachers of the various schools after the children had been dismissed, which added another feature to the general enjoyment. At Newport, the Royal wedding was celebrated by a tradesmen supper at the Wheatsheaf Inn, which was presided over jointly by Mr.Loosemore and Mr.Smith of St James Square. At the Star Inn, a sumptuous repast was provided by Mr B.Warburton and partaken of by nearly 70 guests of the principle inhabitants, the Mayor E. Way presided. At the National School rooms about 150 of the working men (with their wives and sweethearts) forming the Working Men’s Institute were regaled with plum cake and tea. An exhibition of the magic lantern formed a fund of amusement for the evening under the superintendence of  the Rev,.G.H.Conner. Several barrels of ale were distributed to the lower classes in remembrance of the joyful event by Messrs. Mews, brewers by ticket, allowing every family a certain quantity who applied for it. A ball was held at the Dragon Hotel, Mr Halls acting as master of ceremonies. There was also a dinner presentation to the inmates of the house of industry, by some unknown benefactor. It gave greatest satisfaction to all concerned in it.

December 22nd, 1857

Tuesday 22nd December 1857

Julia and I went to Newport. Miss Jane Rolf walked home with Julia.

In the evening The Ryde Harmonic Society held a concert at the “Victoria Rooms” Ryde.

March 26th, 1857

Thursday 26th March 1857

Opening of the “Victoria Rooms” at Ryde. Elijah was preformed in the morning at half past 2 o’clock, and miscellaneous concerts in the evening. Tickets of admission 7s 6d each time.