Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, April 15, Wednesday 

Arthur Lamb and Isaac Padbury, overseer, objected to work at pond because of expense and Vestry had not been consulted. They came to me, and were very angry. Adkins consented at their request to suspend his work for a few days till a Vestry could be held to consider the matter.

Visited Mr Mann.

Visited Mr Woolgrove. Mr R. Lamb came in  whilst I was there – I told him about the pond – he had not heard anything about it. Mr Woolgrove thought the Rural Sanitary Authority would carry out the work and that the Vestry had nothing whatever to do with it.

There was a fall of snow at night.

1885, April 16, Thursday 

The ground was slightly covered with snow this morning.

Drove to Banbury Board of Guardians. Pond business not mentioned.

Miss S. Dix called this evening.

John Adkins called to speak about the pond.

Old Richard Payne died at 6.30 pm after only two days illness – aged 84.

Mr J. Pettipher’s baby died.

1885, April 17, Friday

Visited Widow Charlotte Harris, Mary Lively, Elizabeth Holland.

Sent for Lucy Lines to speak privately about confirmation.

Visited Ann West, Thomas Henry Hone, Benjamin Messenger, Mr George Dix, Edward Scruby, W. Barnes

Met Rev. John Powell, son-in-law of Mr Henry Norris, of Swalcliffe Park who was bringing me a note from Miss Norris relating to the arrangements for the confirmation.

1885, April 18, Saturday

Alice and Lily Mountain came on a visit. I sent Webb to meet them at Banbury as I had rheumatism in my left hand and could not drive.

1885, April 19, Sunday 

Summer day. Taught Boys School ini morning.

Buried Richard Payne at 5 pm.

Visited Dyer at Colony whose wife is very ill with bronchitis. She did not want to see anyone, so the husband said.

Ann West came to the Vestry at 4.30 about confirmation, I find she cannot read at all.

Visited Mrs Shelswell.

1885, April 20, Monday

Fine day.

Confirmation at Swalcliffe. Bishop Dr John Fielder Mackarness . Chaplain Mr Holmes. Canon Payne, ill and consequently unable to be present. I called to see him. Mr Smith Rector of Tadmarton, Mr Willy Curate of Epwell, Mr Gerahty, Curate of Shutford and Mr Powell were the only clergy present.

I presented 42 candidates, viz. 17 boys, 16 girls, and 9 married women.

Dined in the evening at Mr Norris’s. Mr Smith of Tadmarton and myself were the only local clergy there and indeed the only guests except the Bishop and his chaplain.

Visited School this afternoon and had my boy candidates in church for half an hour before going down to the confirmation.

1885, April 21, Tuesday

Harry returned to Kentisbury but I had to provide him with travelling expenses as usual.

Visited Hannah Keene.

1885, April 22, Wednesday

High wind and clouds of dust.

Visited John Horsman and wife, also Thomas Webb.

Alice and I walked to Brailes this evening to take some Four Shire Books, but did not call at the Vicarage.

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