Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, April 9, Thursday 

Attended Board of Guardians at Banbury.

John Adkins estimate for work at Sibford Pond and Town Well £16 accepted and contract signed and sealed.

Visited John Reason, Thomas Wilks and Thomas Aris.


Cutting from Banbury Guardian, 16 April 1885


Mr. White reported he had inspected the pond at Sibford, which was 57 feet by 25, with an average depth of water 9 inches. It was in a filthy condition, was a nuisance at the present time, and in hot weather would be injurious to health. He suggested the pond should be cleaned out and reduced in size.

The Rev. E. T. Stevens said the matter had been brought before the vestry meetings of the parish for the past ten tears, during which time it had been getting worse and worse. The parish was quite willing to bear the expense, and had authorised him to say so.

Mr White handed in an estimate of £16 to do the work required from Mr. John Adkins, which was accepted by the Board, and the work was ordered to be done.

This was the last meeting of the old Board. The new Board will meet to-day (Thursday).

1885, April 10, Friday 

Visited Mr Elley, T. Aris and William Poulton.

Buried Thomas Messenger.

Met George Aris (Bastard grandson of Anna Aris and brother of Tom Aris). He was a very good lad here and a member of the Church Choir two or three years ago. he went to London to seek his fortune and got behind the bar of a public house. He has returned in a delicate state of health, having been obliged to give up his situation. He wishes very much to get out of that mode of earning his living. The work is very hard and the hours long, and holidays few. The stench of the bar etc in the morning is “something frightful and enough to make one sick.” he has been getting 12/- to 15/- per week and board etc.

Dr Routh and Mr Woolgrove had their dance party in the Schoolroom; but it was a very wet night. All was very quietly managed and the company left a little before 12.

1885, April 13, Monday

Visited John Lively and Thomas Wilks, H Keene, Ann West (not at home), Charles Legge, Ben Messenger (whose wife desires to be confirmed) and Mrs Shelswell.

Paid Solicitor’s account for Harry 10/- for suing him for £4 due to Askew & Gabbitas, agents, for the situation he now holds, which amount I also paid some weeks ago.

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