Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1884, July 19, Saturday 

Returned to Banbury. Bell, Frank and Webb met me at the station.

My hatcase and portmanteau were missing when I arrived at the station, though I had seen them labelled at Shrewsbury. I spoke to the station master about them and they turned up at Reading in the course of the afternoon and were sent out by carrier.

1884, July 22, Tuesday

Returned first two sheets of Aen i, in Latin English Series to Butler and Tanner and wrote Hughes on the subject.

Drove Bell and Cassie to Compton Wynyates.

1884, July 23, Wednesday

Drove to Banbury to Sub Committee of Rural Sanitary Authority to examine applications of Candidates for Inspectorship of Nuisances.

1884, July 24, Thursday 

Attended Guardians Meeting at Banbury.

Rural Sanitary Authority elected H. O. White late grocer and publican who has had no experience in sanitary matters – but a local man, as Sanitary Inspector at a salary of £130 per annum, over the heads of several men who hold the certificate of the Sanitary Institute of Great Britain and have had several years experience. But the Farmers for the most part voted for the Local man, who polled 24. Merrie a highly qualified Certificated Officer from Bedford got 22. All the magistrates and better class of guardians voted in the minority.

Dr Routh called this evening.

1884, July 25, Friday

Ann Gardner, our cook went home unwell. Webb drove her to Balscote.

Visited B. Aris; Hathaway; John Reason; and Hone senior.

Eleanor Hone sent me a note asking me to let her have her boy Joseph’s money out of the Penny Bank as she wants to go to Bedford to see her daughter. I sent word that I could not do that.

1884, July 28, Monday

Saw John Horsman about repairs and flagstones at School doors. Arranged that the broken flags should be taken up – the slabs of slate from the old cistern at the school house to be put down in their places, and a new galvanised iron cistern to be provided for the school house.

Rain all afternoon. Jesse Bishop called about repairs at the Heath Farm.

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