Stevens 1886-07-02


We heard this morning from one of Mr Davies’s servants whose friends live at Swalcliffe that Canon Payne died on Wednesday.

Mr Davies and I drove to Byfield this morning. I went into the Church which is a very large and fine one with a remarkably good East Window of immense proportions, and perpendicular in style put in a year ago. I met the Rector Mr Curgenven in the Churchyard. We got into conversation, and I introduced him, after a fashion, to Mr Davies, who was standing by Ruby outside. Mr Curgenven apologised to Davies for not having called on him owing to his wife’s illness.

We drove through Charwelton on our return,. It is a pretty and well-wooded place, with a good deal of water about, where the River Cherwell rises, and is probably not very healthy. The heat was intense.