Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, January 3, Friday 

Parish Vestry in School room this evening at which I presided. The subject of discussion was the Public Bridleway from “Hopkins’s Corner” to “Great Gate” as the Award of the field calls it, though both names were almost entirely forgotten by even the oldest inhabitants. It was decided that the “pad” should be repaired by the parish, but not the ruts which were left to Mr Hiorns the tenant of the land allotted by the Award to John Hopkins and Mr Arthur Lamb, the owner of that allotted to Thomas Gilkes Sweetbryer. I forwarded copy of resolution to the Chairman of the Banbury and Bloxham Highway Board.

Called on Jay and W Fox.


From Banbury Guardian, Jan 16, 1879


The CLERK read a letter from the Rev. E. T. Stevens, of Sibford, stating that at the vestry meeting it had been resolved that the “pad” of a bridle way there should be repaired, but not the ruts.

The CLERK said that by Act of Parliament they were bound to keep a bridle way eight feet wide.

The CHAIRMAN asked if it would be very expensive to repair the whole of the road, and

The SURVEYOR said it would cost a good deal.

Mr. HIORNS said the parish had always repaired the road. It was a field road leading to his farm and the farm next to his.

The SURVEYOR said the road had not been repaired since the Board had been formed.

Mr. HIORNS—It is in a very bad state of repair.

The CHAIRMAN said the Board generally agreed to pay out the money for any purpose if a parish meeting agreed to it.

Mr. GOLBY thought it would be a very cheap way of getting out of the difficulty.

It was agreed that the “pad” be repaired.

1879, January 4, Saturday 

Visited David Hone and Widow Hannah Keene.

Spoke to Charles Holtom about allotment at Sibford Ferris which he said he wished to take but has not paid the rent for. He said that William Harris told him Job Harris the former tenant said he should keep it for this year. I said he could not do that, and that it was the first I had heard of it. Holtom said he would be very glad to have the allotment and would pay the rent for it next week.

Visited Mrs Woolgrove who has been and is suffering from bronchitis.

Received note from Canon Payne saying that he and Mr Norris would be able to come to the Trustees’ meeting on either the 14th or 15th inst. I therefore summoned the meeting for the 15th.

1879, January 5, Sunday

Visited Joseph Dale who has been unable to work for a week or two.

Holy Communion offertory 10/3.

Gave notice of confirmation to be held at Swalcliffe on March 5th.

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