Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, October 16, Thursday 

Visited Mrs Pearce, Mr Austin Gardner – who broke his collar bone last week falling off his horse through reins breaking when he had mounted to fetch doctor to his little boy Willie who had been thrown by same horse a minute before and received concussion of the brain. Both are doing very well.

Had long talk with Sarah Hone who tells me her son James had a very bad fit one day last week. He is gone to Banbury today to get her some pills. It is Banbury Great Fair.

Kirkland returned. Webb and Harry drove in to meet him.

Visited Sally Green and Mrs James Rimell (not in).

Mr Boucher was in Sibford this afternoon but did not call at Vicarage.


From the Banbury Guardian, Monday Oct 16, 1879

A SIMILAR CASE.—Thomas Messenger, Sibford Gower, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Sibford on September 27th. Defendant pleaded guilty. P.C. Justice deposed to finding defendant drunk on the day in question, and making a great noise. He spoke to him, and defendant then went into his brother’s garden and defied witness for nearly 40 minutes. Defendant was fined 10s. and 11s. 6d. costs. Defendant asked for time. The Chairman—You can find money to get drunk with, and you must pay now.


SIBFORD HEATH FARM, near Epwell, Oxon.


Have received instructions from Mr. S. Hands, who is leaving the Sibford House Heath Farm,


On the Premises,

ON MONDAY, the 27th day of October, 1877, the Live and Dead Farming Stock, a portion of the Household Furniture and other Effects, the whole fully described in catalogues to be obtained at the place of Sale, and at the Offices of the Auctioneers, Shipston-on-Stout and Great Wolford.

Sale to commence at 12 o’clock.

In the cutting, “1877” is presumably a misprint.

1879, October 17, Friday 

Called on John Harris senior to speak with him about trimming shrubs and trees in Church Yard. He complained of Stephen Hands’s horses being allowed to stray on road and getting into the Heath allotments. They have recently done considerable damage there. Sarah Hone made the same complaint yesterday.

1879, October 19, Sunday

Taught in Boys’ Sunday School this morning.

Mt Hitchcox was at Church this afternoon and there was a good congregation though the weather was wet.

Visited Mrs Pearce and attended choir practice this evening.

1879, October 20, Monday

Adkins’s little boy, aged 2½ died this morning of something like apoplexy. He had been ill about a week.

Mrs Way assisted at Penny Bank. School re-opened but small attendance. Drove to Brailes this afternoon. Charles Legge’s child has measles.

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