Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, December 9, Wednesday 

Walked on the Pier and all about the town of Bournemouth this morning.

Returned to London arriving at Dr Hole’s about 9 pm after a very long and cold journey.

Dr Hole went to Ware yesterday to speak at a public meeting on behalf of the B. and F. Bible Society, and returned today.

Mr Davies kindly took the service for me at Sibford this evening

I dined today at The Albany Temperance Restaurant and Hotel, Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, W. Cooper, Proprietor. I was very well satisfied with the cooking, the cleanliness of the place, and the moderate charges. The company one meets in these places is the most disagreeable thing about them. Very different from what one is accustomed in a first class hotel, and that is the only thing I object to in them. One feels scarcely safe when sitting at table with a man who makes an abnormal use of his knife, and the other noises some people make whilst eating are not conducive to one’s own enjoyment of a meal.

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