Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, November 25, Tuesday 

Attended meeting of Banbury Clerical Club at Rev Edward Marshall’s Sandford St Martin near Steeple Aston. Took train to Heyford, cab to Sandford with Banbury curates – walked back from Sandford to Steeple Aston with Rev A Spencer and had tea with him, returning to Banbury via Heyford at about 6.30.

Rosa went to Cheltenham on a visit to Mrs Haddon.

Mr Stephen Hands called in my absence and told Mrs S he had not been able to sell any horses at Rugby fair – but that he would thresh some corn and pay rent within a fortnight.

1879, November 26, Wednesday

Mr Woolgrove called to say that he went over Heath Farm yesterday with Mr Hiorns to see what repairs were needed. He said the gates were not very bad – that Mr Hiorns had a man who would do the work in about a fortnight at 2/6 a day – that he might cut what wood was required out of the plantation – and that the Blacksmith would do the iron work. I agreed that Mr Woolgrove should order the work to be done.

He told me that there were several large gaps where Stephen Hands had had the hedges stocked up for purposes of a race course – that the Trustees would have to call upon Stephen Hands to make good. I told him I would write to Hands.

1879, November 27, Thursday 

Visited John Padbury, Widow Keene, John Holtom, Dr Routh.

In talking to John Padbury I remarked that his clockface had lost the figures from upper part. He explained that he was in the habit of boiling it to clean it, and that last time he did so he omitted to take the face off!!

1879, November 28, Friday

Wrote to Stephen Hands giving him a fortnight longer – on condition that he leaves one lot of corn on the farm untouched till rent shall have been paid.

1879, November 29, Saturday

Mr Hiorns called about the Farm and stated that the hedgerows destroyed by Hands were altogether about 60 yards in length. There were 6 gaps and from some of them gates and posts had been removed.

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