Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, August 15, Wednesday 

Drove to Banbury to bring Mr Brown out.

Stephen Hands sent one of his children down to say that the boiler of the new Kitchener was broken and that the masons must have done it in putting it in. I said I would speak to Horsman, but I thought it was broken by putting water in when it was very hot.

1877, August 17, Friday

Widow Prophet’s daughter brought me license paper to sign. I told her to leave it. Then, having heard on several occasions that Mrs Prophet violated the terms of her license very often by allowing drinking on the premises I asked Mr Woolgrove who said decidedly that he would not sign it if he were asked because he was sure the house was not conducted as it should be. Mr Richard Lamb said he would sign it (but not if I refused to do so) because Mrs Prophet had an idea that he had injured her husband by refusing to aid him in getting a full license. At the same time he thought he had been a sufferer from his men leaving their work to go there to drink. Mr Richard Routh said that he would on no account sign it.

I sent for Mrs Prophet to call on me in the evening. When she came I cautioned her and signed her paper, telling her that if I refused to do so at any time on account of disorder etc at her house she would not be able to get anyone to sign it and would lose her license altogether.

Visited Elizabeth Gibbs (and) Joshua Lines’s wife.

1877, August 19, Sunday

Mrs Coles and Mrs James Sabin were churched.

Visited Hannah Keens, but she was gone to bed.

Visited Samuel Woolgrove, J Buckingham.

1877, August 21, Tuesday

Mason from Bloxham brought tombstone etc and erected in churchyard to memory of late Mr Joseph Mawle. The lettering of the f’s in the words “affectionate” and “of ” makes them look like t’s.

Signed license paper for Tennant at Bishop Blaise Inn.

1877, August 22, Wednesday 


  • James Sabin, ill
  • Elizabeth Gibbs, better
  • Joshua Lines’s wife, worse
  • Mr Pettipher senior, dropsy
  • Hannah Keene, better.

1877, August 24, Friday

St Bartholomew. Morning Prayer, Litany and Ante Communion.

Mrs Inns was churched.

Visited Widow Cakebread, Joseph Dale – Ill, Elizabeth Gibbs.

1877, August 25, Saturday

Elizabeth Gibbs’s daughter Mrs Padbury came this afternoon and asked me to go and see her mother as she thought she could not live. I went across and conversed and read and prayed with her.

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