Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, May 7, Monday 

Drove to Brailes. Sent £1.3.9 to Curates’ Augmentation Fund.

Canon Payne called; said that he did not remember anything about the missing deed.

Wrote to Messrs Munton and Stockton, Solicitors, Banbury asking whether they knew anything about the missing deeds.

1877, May 8, Tuesday

Received note from Mr Henry Stevens, GWR Reading, telling me that ?Frankwell? House, the residence of the Hon Mr Fiennes is in Berkshire; and enclosing a slip of paper in his father’s handwriting giving the population of Swalcliffe etc as follows:

  1811 1821
Sibford & Burdrop 432
Little Sibford

447 or 147
(figures are doubtful)

Swalcliffe 290 356
Epwell 302 355
Shutford East 307 344
Shutford West 36 ? 3

Went to Oxford to vote for public orator in place of late Dr Mitchell, Principal of Hertford College. I voted for Mr Nettleship of C. C. College as also did Mr Hughes and Mr Jackson, tutor of Worcester, who had canvassed me. But Mr Dallin, of Queen’s, the only other candidate beat him by nearly 200 votes. The poll was open from 2 till 7.30 pm.

1877, May 9, Wednesday 

Mary Anne Gough called this morning with some flowers for me.

Received letter from Messrs Munton and Stockton. They have in their possession some deeds belonging to the feoffees of the Sibford Charity which they will give me if I call. They intimate that there will be a small charge of 13/4 for search and attendance on Mr Fortescue.

1877, May 10, Thursday  a

Ascension Day. Holy Communion at 8am. Morning Prayers at 10, Service with sermon at 7, when 50 persons were present in congregation.

Elizabeth Manning returned thanks at 2nd service for benefits received at Horton Infirmary.

Mrs F Milburn and Mr Oscar Shelswell were at early service. I called on them at their mother’s.

Visited Elizabeth Manning, gave her 2/6, the last of the 8 I promised her. Also Marion Hone who was out. Left 2/- with her sister for her. She says Hands is always sending her sister Maria out to beg for him. The young woman does not like it. I said I would rather she did not do it and that Hands has no occasion to beg, if he will only work like other men.

Called on Mrs James Rimell and Miss Dix.

Went up to Heath Farm with Poulton and Horsman to see about repairs. Mr Stephen Hands, the tenant, seemed unwilling that I should go down to the new larch plantation to see what timber there was fit for use. But I went through it accompanied by Poulton senior. We found that all the largest trees, from 50 to 100 in number, had been cut and removed.

1877, May 11, Friday 


Rehearsal for Choral Festival at Banbury, Christ Church. Gascoigne took the choir. I drove Miss S Dix and Rosa.

1877, May 12, Saturday

Drove to Brailes with Rosa. Miss Honor Braddell was there. Observed horses in allotments as I passed. On returning saw them in the pound. Tay the blacksmith told me they belonged to Stephen Hands.

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