a story from the heart and beyond
|Saturday August 25th, 1894||
Take me "Home"
7:30am – Got
up early again today as it`s Market Day.
Down back stairs into the kitchen, pulled up the blind and opened the window.
water from the pump in the bucket. Cleaned the range and
James was again reading the papers this morn and
talking about Death Duties being reintroduced where folks that inherit
property of a person who has died have to pay tax now, whatever next !
James was also reading about George Bernard Shaw and
It satisfies no normal need.
James was talking again about the defeat of the Irish
Home Rule Bill and how Mr. Gladstone,`Our William` was the author of
defeats on home rule, with his secretive drafting alienating
enabling serious flaws to appear in the text of his bills. The secret
is honesty and fair dealing, I always say. I don`t know what to think
to the Market up in the Square which is an open air
market full of trestle tables selling everything from fish to cheese,
it is. It
were busy today with lots of street entertainers and jugglers.
There was an organ grinder with a parrot going around, he were, cranking away collecting a few coins in his tin cup. Several folks were rather annoyed with hearing his single tune of “After the Ball” over and over again.
noticed the ground was more dirty than usual and ankle
deep with filth. The hot weather doesn`t help either.
There were lots of noise too with the whistling of drovers, the barking of dogs, the cries of hawkers with shouts from every corner of the market.
into Mrs. Woodhouse again outside J.T. Broughton`s
London T House. Had her howling again when I told her what Barney from
He said marriage is an institution intended to keep women out of mischief and get them into trouble, he did. Well, I never ! Mrs. Woodhouse thought this was very funny, she did.
She went on to tell me about her new bicycle costume which preserved her modesty and her health, she said. She said it were like a skirt divided to act a bit like pants, she said. Well, she got me howling meself this time, she did. Sounds to me like an unpardonable awkwardness for sure. I am quite confused about women experimenting with riding these new personal vehicles and now strange clothing to match.
Don`t like the idea meself of becoming round shouldered stooping so over these bicycle machines. Mrs. Woodhouse laughed and said more women have become increasingly fascinated with the bicycle machine and those that have hesitated at first because of their fear of physical injury, are being convinced by physicians now that a wise decision may be made in favour of the wheel. The physicians are saying under their notice there is no organic weakness, or derangement traced to bicycling. Well, I told her, they are, are they, well - I wouldn`t put all my trust in physicians nor let enthusiasm get the better of prudence, I always say.
Taking cold is to be guarded against, and is a likely result, unless an entire bicycle costume of wool is worn and what would that look like and feel like? I said that Cotton or silk underwear will cause one to become thoroughly chilled as soon as the air strikes the dampened surface, and the heat of exercise is abated. Mrs. Woodhouse had no answer to that. Well, she wouldn`t would she.
She went off with a laugh and all chirpy like to Freeman, Hardy and Willis`. She never mentioned that Baxter family over in
Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds brightness on all things.
bought some fish and sugar, Jacob's Cream Crackers, some
lime cordial and some Fry's Chocolate Cream for Mrs. Chapman, I did.
some greengage jam that Master James said he was eager to try. Didn`t
goods delivered to the house today but what I got completely filled me
Noticed there were very big queues today outside the grocers for their loose butter and cheese.
Made me way home along the High Street to St. Peter`s Hill. Could hear singing coming from the Globe Inn in Butcher Row. They were singing Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green and I could hear they were well the worst for wear. There goes secrets and promises, I`d say. Drink not to elevation.
was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen.
an ankle like an antelope and a step like a deer.
glad to get home today with the crowds, heat and the
noise, I was.
12:00pm – Made a little light lunch for Mrs. Chapman of Oxtail Soup and added some Yorkshire Relish before serving it to her. Master James and Archibald and Young Tim were up in Lincoln today visiting all the Chapman family before Archibald`s and young Tim`s return to Uppingham School next month. We weren`t expecting them back til dinner this evening.
3:00pm – Our "daily girl", Molly from
I told her she might like to get herself a position there too or at some of the fine houses in
I asked Molly would Percival change his name? She didn`t know. I told Molly that Lord Burghley`s sister, Lady Mary Frances Cecil is married to Dudley Ryder, 3rd Earl of Harrowby who owns the land on which the Chapman`s House is built on Dudley Road. And Lord Burghley`s wife, Lady Georgina Pakenham is of Irish stock, they were, the Earls of Longford and related to the Duke of Wellington too, they are.
Molly was well impressed, she was.
6:00am – Master
James, Archibald and young Tim get home from visiting the family in
Despise school, and remain a fool, I always say. Archibald was saying that the prefects at Uppingham School were called `Pollies`. Well, I never !
Young Tim stared singing Polly Wolly Doodle again and we all laughed, we did, and joined in.
7:00pm – Served
Mutton, boiled potatoes and green vegetables. For afters, I gave them
Apple Pudding with good suet crust, cloves and a few strips of lemon
were eaten, it were.
10:00pm – Eat me
own supper and tidy up. Molly has gone home a while since thinking
she might get to go to
Master James, and Archibald are in the front parlour discussing their day in
11:00pm – Time to
sleep. It has been an interesting and eventful day, I`d say. Thinking
these bicycle machines and bicycle costumes, I am.
I think them bicycles might bring more independence to a women which is a great idea thinking about it more. Perhaps if some women carried a sweater, and when taking long rides, slip it on after dismounting from the wheel. In this case an inner vest of wool wouldn`t be needed, I`d say. And perhaps when the rider only goes out for light exercise it may be easily gauged just what weight of clothing is required.
I am warming to the idea, I am !
|Note from Michael:
It`s interesting that Lord Burghley`s sister (Lady Mary Frances Cecil) was married to Dudley Ryder, 3rd Earl of Harrowby. Dudley owned and leased the land on which "Tipperary House" is built to George Sumner Hannett,
Incidentally, Dudley`s wife`s Aunt Georgiana who was also the Aunt of Lord Burghley on their mother`s side was married to Frederick, 4th Earl Spencer who shares the same great, great, etc grandfather as me - that being John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford ! !
GRANTHAM`S MARKET SQUARE 1894
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