The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
June 15th, 1858

Tuesday 15th June 1858

I went to Newport Rev. Mr. Beston called to see Grandma on his way to Mr. Scots. In the evening Mr.G.C called to see us.

June 6th, 1858

Sunday 6th June 1858

 Julia went to Wootton Church. Mr Scot returned. In the afternoon Fanny and I went to Arreton Church Mr Beston preached an excellent sermon from the words ‘What shall a man give in exchange for his soul’. We then walked over Ashey Down into Ryde we then went to the opening of the new free Wesleyan Chapel, Captain Brown preached from the words ‘ and they received him not’ . We arrived home about ¼ past 9 0’clock having walked about 15 miles without taken any refreshment. Mr G.C. suffered with us, Julia and Mr G.C. went part of the way home with Fanny.

May 16th, 1858

Sunday 16th May 1858

I went to Wootton Church, Mr. Scot gone on a visit for the benefit of his health. In the afternoon Julia went to Church. In the evening Mr.G.C. and Mr.W.W. called in we spent a very pleasant evening.

January 10th, 1858

Sunday 10th January 1858

Julia and I went to Wootton Church, Mr. Scott preached from the 26th verse of the 32nd Chapter of Deuteronomy. In the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Tharle and Mr. George Cooper went to Rookley. Mr. A. Cooper’s little son was christened this afternoon.

In the evening Julia and I went to Littletown Chapel, Mr. Moody preached a very edifying sermon from the words “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Mr George Moody Jun. and Mr. Withington accompanied us home, we sang and played the flutine till 10 o’clock. We then supped, after which our gentlemen friends departed to their separate homes, and we retired to rest.

December 6th, 1857

Sunday 6th December 1857

I and Julia went to Wootton Church, Mr Scot preached from the 1st Chapter of C.

In the afternoon Julia went for a walk.

In the evening Mr G.C. drank tea with us. I spent a very pleasant evening.

October 25th, 1857

Sunday 25th October 1857

This morning we went to church, Mr Scot took his text from the 22nd Chapter of Luke and the latte clause of the 19th verse “This do in remembrance of me”.

In the afternoon it rained so we remained at home.

In the evening Julia and I played a few tunes on the flutina and the concertina. About 7 o’clock Mr.G.C. called in to see us, although he was very poorly caused the evening to pass very pleasantly. We retired to rest about 11 o’clock.

October 23rd, 1857

Friday 23 October 1857

Mr Scot called on Grandma.

May 10th, 1857

Sunday 10th May 1857

Mr George Coopers birthday, I went to church Mr Scot has preached at Wootton 2 years today. In 1856 the sacrament was administrated 6 times. There was 190 communicants this year, it was administrated 8 times and 226 communicants . Mr Scots text was from the 16th verse of the second chapter of Corinthians “Who is sufficient for these things”.

In the afternoon drank tea at Balams Farm, after tea Mrs Alford, Miss Alford, Nora and I went for a long walk, we called on Mrs H. Williams. I arrived home about quarter to 9 o’clock. Julia had gone part of the way home with Cousin William.


January 29th, 1857

Thursday 29th January 1857

Mr. Scot called to see Grandma and wished me to join the church. In the afternoon Uncle Thomas came to see us.

After tea we went as far as Quarr with him.

January 4th, 1857

Sunday 4th January 1857

Julia and I went to Wootton Church. Mr Scot preached from the 21st verse of Mathew and the 18 and 19 verses.

Miss Hale And Mr J.G.G. drank tea with us. Cousin William came to see us in the evening and brought me some tunes to copy.

Julia went to chapel.