Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Thursday, 3rd September, 1885 

Visited Widow Sabin and saw her poor little boy, who is very ill, yesterday. This morning I called to ask whether she had any ice for him. She had not, so I brought some from Banbury.

Attended Board of Guardians. Colonel Ommanney was elected Chairman in succession to Mr Loveday, resigned and left the neighbourhood.

Mr Davies came to tea.

Friday, 4th September, 1885 

Bell and I visited Mr and Mrs Davies at Mrs Turner’s.

Visited Charles Legge, Mrs Shelswell and Misses Dix.

Mr Okey, Postmaster of Banbury called. i had previously, at Inns’s rquest, written to him and recommended Inns as post master for Sibford, as Mrs Ewings wishes to resign.

Saturday, 5th September, 1885


Gave Webb a holiday to go to Oxford to see his brothers. Gave him railway fare there and back.

Visited Widow H. Sabin, whose boy is a little better.

Visited Thomas Henry Tarver, Cakebread, Dyer.

Post Office opened at Inns’s.

Monday, 7th September, 1885

Storm of Thunder and Lightning with extremely heavy rain at noon.

Drove Bell to Banbury, met and brought out Webb and Frank.

Attended Quarterly Meeting of the Benefit Club. Full attendance of members. John Sabin was there to answer questions as to frauds said to have been perpetrated by his wife. His answers seemed to show complicity on his part.

Tuesday, 8th September, 1885

Unwell with headache and giddiness.

Mr and Mrs Davies came this afternoon. Mr D stayed to tea. he and I went for a walk in evening and got caught in heavy shower.

Wednesday, 9th September, 1885   a b

Better today, but shaky.

Mr and Mrs Rugg came on a brief visit on their way from Birmingham to London. They came in a cab from Banbury. Rosa, in her wheel chair, met them near Mrs Turner’s.

The Flower Show was held at Tadmarton this afternoon in a field lent by Mr McDermot the Squire. I sent Webb to drive Bell, Mrs Davies and Frank. Mr and Mrs Davies here to tea.

Visited William Henry Sabin whom I found somewhat better.

Thursday, 10th September, 1885 

Cloudy and cold, with rain in afternoon.

Mr and Mrs Rugg left. Bell drove them in to the 1.19 train.

Mr Salmon, formerly Curate of Shutford was expected today on a short visit to eth Misses Dix, but did not come.

Visited Mrs Turner.

Friday, 11th September, 1885


Mr Davies called this evening, and I walked with him to Epwell.

Mr Daniel Shelswell called this evening to ask me to publish Banns of Marriage between him and Miss Marion Shelswell, of Burdrop.

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