Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, August 7, Tuesday 

Visited Buckingham, Daniel Sabin, Temple Mill, wife of Joshua Lines who was confined last week of 8th child in 9 years. Daniel Sabin’s wife had twins last week.

1877, August 10, Friday  a

Miss E Dix called this morning about Sunday School prizes and to ask whether mothers might bring babies to tea this afternoon. I said they might, Mrs Stevens would be glad to see the babies.

Gave treat in school room and afterwards on my lawn to the Sunday School children and their mothers.

Prizes for attendance and conduct were awarded as follows:


Girls’ School


  1st class  
1st prize Eliza Harris 59
2nd prize Emma Webb 59
3rd prize M A Barton 52
  2nd class  
1st prize Mary Webb 58
2nd prize Laura Webb 57
  3rd class  
1st prize Anna Lines 55
2nd prize Eliza Hancock 48
  Boys’ School  
  1st class  
1st prize Harry Coleman  
2nd prize Harry Manning  
  2nd class  
1st prize Joseph Payne  
2nd prize John Tay  
  3rd class  
1st prize William Sabin  

There were 6 nice coloured pictures, framed and glazed, and 6 books.

Farmers, etc were invited to tea and open evening at Vicarage. The following were present:

  • Mr and Mrs Woolgrove
  • Mr and Mrs Turner
  • Mr and Mrs Hiorns
  • Mr and Mrs F Manning
  • Mr Herbert
  • Mr O Shelswell
  • Sally Fox
  • 3 Misses Dix
  • Miss Mawle
  • Mrs Way
  • Marion Way
  • Mr and Mrs Elley
  • Mrs Pettipher
  • Mr Joseph Pettipher junior
  • Mr Coles
  • Miss Rimell (?James?)
  • Miss Annie Smith (Brailes)
  • Mr Bradshaw (Chippenham)
  • Mrs G Martin
  • Miss A Martin
  • Mr Harry Stevens
  • Miss Rosa Stevens
  • Mrs Stevens
  • Mrs Mawle’s granddaughter.

All others were invited but could not come.

1877, August 12, Sunday

Sent wine to Elizabeth Gibbs who is worse. Visited her before church this morning.

Elley complained to me of conduct of John Manning before church this morning. I therefore called on the grandfather Thomas Manning and told the boy I could not retain him in the choir or Sunday School unless he apologised to Mr Elley for his impertinence.

Visited Widow Cakebread.

Visited Mrs Herbert,

Mrs Dix

and Mrs Elizabeth Gibbs for 2nd time today.

received fontlet for private baptisms one day last week from Jones & Willis, Temple Row, Birmingham, price 5/-.

Examined large font in church. The leakage can be easily repaired, and I instructed Barnes to repair it.


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