Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, June 17, Wednesday 

Mr and Mrs Mozley of Wigginton called.

Visited Widow Stockford mother of James Tay’s wife who comes from South Newington. Mr Whitehead, the Vicar, brought her here last week, as she is over 80 and thought she would like to be under her daughter’s care. Mr Whitehead wrote to me about her – as she was widow of his old clerk and a very worthy woman.

Mr Oddie called this evening. Visited Richard Staines and Brass Band practice room.

Bell and I visited Miss Dix. The Mann girls and Miss Shelswell were there.

1885, June 19, Friday

Buried Emma Horsman.

Visited Ezra Green whose youngest child but one died this noon. I found 6 women and 5 children in the down-stairs room where there was a great fire and a boiler with clothes on it. The room was dreadfully hot and close so that the little boy who lay apparently dying could not get much good air into his poor little lungs. I told them they should not be there and that the window should be opened. Ellen Hone and the woman Coles from Sibford Ferris, Thomas Aris’s wife and others were there. The worst lot that could be brought together out of the parish.

Visited Thomas Henry Hone, Thomas Green and D. Hone junior.

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