Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1894, April 12, Thursday 

Land is to be bought very cheap now. In 1727 Rev. John Loggin of Swalcliffe, Rector of Long Marston, left £200 for the poor of Swalcliffe, Sibford and other parishes. With that £200 + £20 a portion of land (A “Yard land”) was bought as an investment in Sibford Ferris. In 1787 the Enclosure Commissioners awarded to the Trustees the present estate of 20 acres and.about 35 perches with “timber” I suppose. That land was let to one tenant at £40 per annum. When I came here it was let in allotments at £2. 10. per acre. Now we charge only £2. Still it brings net after rates taxes, repairs, roadways and collection are allowed for £24 a year which is 12 per cent on original outlay.

1894, April 13, Friday 

Frank sent £1 as a present to his mother and a like present to his sister out of his first earnings. Mr Fisher expressed himself as “more than satisfied” with him and gave him £5 for a month’s work. He went March 12 and came away for holidays on April 11th.

1894, April 29, Sunday  b

Mr Oddie called this evening about the examination of Department of Science and Art which commences at his school on Tuesday evening, and which I have promised to superintend.


From Notes at end of diary (after 1 May, Tuesday).

Soup for the poor. 6d. per lb. to make a gallon of excellent nutritious soup. “Economic soup and food Company, 52 Cheapside E.C.

Tit Bits 90 lines = column. 8 words = a line. 3 columns. 2160 words to page.

Leaves from Vicar’s Diary. Sent to, and received negative replies.
Ed. Century: Fisher Unwin.
Graphic, Penny in Slot only.
Skeffington & Son. Rob Wilder
Longman’s Mag. “Penny in Slot” only.

“Fumigating” powder which was used by Benjamin Aris
4 oz. stramonium
2 oz. Lobelia
2 oz. Salt petre

Dec. 18, 1893. Cost about 1/4. The ingredients are reduced to powder, ignited and the smoke inhaled three or four times a day and in the night too when breathing was difficult. The prescription not to be given to any one in trade. Lobelia at herbalist’s.

For Rheumatism Salycilate of Soda. 10 to 15 drops (not more) in a wine-glass of water three or four times a day.

Mrs Golby’s Boarding House, 11 Templeton Place Earl’s Court, South Kensington S.W. Card prices. Single Room from 1. 11. 6 including board: per week. According to Bedroom. Per day 7/6 to 10/—. Golby’s note says 6/6 per day inclusive.

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