Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Thursday, 18th October, 1877 

St Luke’s day. Banbury Fair. Nearly everyone is gone there – only 24 children at school and they all little ones.

Service at church. Only 3 persons besides my own family, the school and the clerk.

Sent £3.10 to Radcliffe from offertories on 7th inst.

Friday, 19th October, 1877

Miss E Dix called about Ezra Hillman – gave her £1. She said that would make enough for all his expenses. He will be at Eastbourne 3 weeks free and then, if they will keep him, 3 weeks more at 10/- per week. His travelling expenses and washing have to be provided for.

His mother called on me this afternoon. I told her my servant should drive him to Banbury station by 8.29 tomorrow morning, but it would be much safer for Ezra if she could get Mr Richard Lamb to lend his covered sociable for the purpose. Mr Lamb promised to lend it and someone to drive.

Widow Young called and asked for a pair of boots for her eldest son who is going into service at Hampton Lucy near Wellesbourne. William Spicer is going to the same place.

Saturday, 20th October, 1877 

Married John Dumbleton and Eliza Mobbs. The former belongs to Hook Norton but has been working for Daniel Sabin at Temple Mill. The latter belongs to a place near Buckingham (Tingewick, I believe) and has been in service for some time with Richard Lamb of Sibford Ferris. They are going to live at a cottage in the fields this side of Hook Norton village, but in Hook Norton parish.

Canon Payne called this afternoon to bring a letter intended for me but addressed to him at Sibford. It was from a Mrs Cook, Hillmorton House, Hillmorton, Rugby, asking the character of Sylvia Fardon whom she had engaged as a servant. I replied to the effect that she and her parents were respectable persons but that I knew nothing of her capabilities as a servant.

John Prophett of Sibford called in response to a note I had sent him and I let him Sibford Ferris allotment no. 16, lately held by Charles Lines. I read the rules to him and he said he quite understood and would take care not to break them.

Received receipt for contribution to Radcliffe Infirmary £3.10.

The Hospital offertory amounted to £7.3.6 as follows:

Collected in church at Harvest Festival October 7 1st   13.
2nd 2. 6. 10½
3rd 2. 7. 6
Added afterwards   5. 7. 5
Dr Routh     5. 0
Joshua Holtom, Sibford Ferris   1. 0. 0
Anonymous     2. 0
Miss Cook     2. 6
Heath tenants     2. 2
Widow Cakebread       3
Church Box     4. 2


Sometimes “Prophett”, sometimes “Prophet”.

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