Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Wednesday, 10th October, 1877 

Called on Mr Montagu of Epwell this evening, but he was not at home.

Ordered Horsman the mason to rebuild wall at Heath farm and repair roofs of school and master’s house.

Friday, 12th October, 1877

Robert Braddell attended examination at Worcester College, Oxford. Came back same night. Walked from Banbury to Sibford and then to Brailes. Tom and he staid there all night.

Ordered a piece of carpet for reading desk platform in church from Jones & Willis of Temple Lane, Birmingham.

Saturday, 13th October, 1877

Rent night for Heath allotments. Men gave 2/2 towards hospital fund.

James Sabin has left Sibford, but has not paid his allotment rent.

Joseph Hone of the cottage near Heath Farm applied for an allotment, but as he has one at Epwell, I told him I did not think I could let him have one even if there were one vacant which there is not.

Frederick Horsman succeeds John Harris junior in quarter acre allotment. While the latter takes 2 acre piece lately held by Robert Austin.

Sent 3½ guineas to Horton Infirmary from offertories.

Robert Braddell left to take up residence at Oxford. Thomas Braddell accompanied him.

Sunday, 14th October, 1877

Sibford Wake, being Sunday after Old Michaelmas Day.

Catechised children in church this afternoon. Taught in Boys’ Sunday School both morning and afternoon.

Visited Widow Cakebread and the Misses Dix.

Met Holland senior this morning and talked with him for some time. He tells me that in former years many men left without paying their allotment rents.

Monday, 15th October, 1877 

Severe storm last night. Wind very high.

Cleopatra’s needle lost in Bay of Biscay but recovered next day. Five men supposed to be lost out of crew of Olga which was towing her.

The storm blew down several large trees, one of mine. It blew down 12 sacks of apples in my orchard, broke chimney cowl to pieces, stripped some thatch off my cottage and did other small damage.

Received parcel of books for Lending Library from the Book Society – 79 in number; not quite enough to begin with.

Holland junior called to ask for James Sabin’s allotment. I told him he would have to pay the rent 5/- in advance. This he was not prepared to do. I told him I would keep it open a little time for him.

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