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This, the Diary of Sarah Holbeche, is unlike any that you may have seen before.  It is not only a recollection of daily events during most of her lifetime but also includes many family photos, drawings, letters, calling cards and newspaper cuttings.  Beginning in 1802, it gives a birdseye view of life in Sutton Coldfield throughout much of the 19th century and will therefore prove to be a useful tool when researching the town's history.


The following is a transcription taken from a photocopy of Sarah Holbeche's diary, which she called "Omnium Gatherum."

Please bear in mind the following points when reading it:-

  1. Some pages of the original diary were not capable of being photocopied, although most of her text is intact.
  2. I have written question marks and left blank spaces where her handwriting was not legible.
  3. Every page here is numbered with its equivalent in the original hand-written diary. Where pages appear to be missing, those original pages comprised letters, photos, newspaper cuttings, etc, which were stuck in on top of one another and could not be photocopied satisfactorily.
  4. Where newspaper cuttings, photographs, drawings, etc, do appear on the original page, here they have simply been referred to within a blank frame.
  5. There is a copy of the original diary in Sutton Coldfield Library, Local Studies Department, under the heading 'A Copy of Sarah Holbcehe's Original Diary.' (Ref: BCOLQ942.496081HOL)
  6. The Library also has a copy of a Talk based on the Diary, under the heading 'Sarah Holbeche, A Victorian Lady who lived in Sutton Coldfield, (22.9.1803-20.8.1882). A Talk (with illustrations) given at Sutton Coldfield Library on Wednesday, 27 June 2001' by Janet Jordan.
    It is also on this website in the Research Section

Janet Jordan
January 2021

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As my earliest remembrance of Sutton Church - see Page 67


Bishop Veysey's Monument - see Guide Pg 12 - as in 1826

Middle Aisle as at 1826 - minus the sounding board removed pro tem


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A leaf from the diary of Reynolds, an old quaker lodging at Mr Nicholsons before my father took the rooms and by his request taken to the Driffold where he died.

Wm Bailis




"The House where I was born" my Father and Mother's first home; afterwards occupied by Mrs Herdman, Vincent and Willoughby, Holbeche (Vincent) and Addenbrooke and taken on the marriage of the latter by Mr Smith, Chemist and druggist by him designated.


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The prominent feature was The Red Lion converted into a private house for Mrs Vaughton and her son Robert, who had Dr Lakin's present dining room as a billiard room; since divided for shops; now shoe shop, Post Office, and Stationers in 1862.


The Post Office was at The Three Tuns kept by Richard Smith; Harry Smith, then 11 yrs old was letter carrier as far as Aston Brook - no office between Sutton and Birmingham, at this time The Sheffield Mail brought letters at 10 am; back at from Birmingham. From Liverpool Manchester and Lichfield, the Liverpool Coach; the bag being thrown into the window at 4 am.

Charles Smith

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My Father and Mother with their one child removed to (now Mrs Sadler's house) where Mary, Vincent, Thomas, Elizabeth, Francis, Jane, Amilian, Martin and John were born. Mr Guest sold it over my "Father's head", by which transaction both buyer and seller were implicated in an underhand, unhandsome proceeding. Mr Sadler took possession Midsummer 1817. Mr Sadler died succeeded by his son Richard who converted Nevill's (Sadler's shop and house into offices) and a narrow entry (the only passage to field and stables) into the improved gateway in (see next pg) - consequence, a ludicrous circumstance - a beau some doors above quarrelling with his lady love residing there would not allow the lady's carriage to be brought out thro' his field, the only way at that time of getting a carriage to the Sadler's coach house, necessity producing the remedy.


In the bay window room to the right Felton began his school in 1823, having lost his leg; he began to teach, and so successfully, that he soon had more boys than the room would hold, he had to leave (Whitehouse's, as it then was) and was allowed the use of the Town Hall; he then went to Birmingham to learn Dr Bell's plan, returned in six weeks!!! and was elected first Master of the New Corporation School Jan 1826. Left the School house Xmas 1859 having done his duty - and receiving a grateful acknowledgment from old pupils (see Chair Pg 50)

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The Old House and Home which my Father bought in 1817 and took possession immediately, it was the property of our Old Rector Reverend John Riland who offered it to my father, sympathising with him, and his large and increasing family on being so unhandsomely unhoused. The offer after consultation with Mr Terry and Mr Perkins (My Mother's Trustees) was accepted, he, Mr R. going home and telling his two daughters "When I went out, I had a house of my own, none now, but I hope in Heaven." The next day they offered my father a hundred pounds to give it up, but the Rector said "No, Holbeche it is yours (thus two, out of the four Rectors of our time, were friends (and by their deeds acknoweldged the claim of an old parishioner doing their duty - as they hoped - in their generation). It had been recently papered painted and prepared for the reception of Lady Middletown to be under Mr Terry's care - £1,700 the purchase money including garden, field and outbuildings, the present back Hall (in those days our nursery was a carriage house; office over it, a loft, stable and cart hovel (next?) with lofts, gateway and then the forge by the barn. The Pew in the south gallery a separate bargain for £50, - then occupied by Mr Browne and family of the Park, he so angry, tho' another pew provided for him, he never came to church afterwards, (so much for pew system), the garden then a square ending with the wall, lengthened by my father. Here Catherine, Robert and Henry (twins), Helen and Fanny were born. My Father and Mother died; the former in 1848, the latter in 1841, from this house also were Henry, Robert and Aemilian buried; the most anxious and important time of my own life spent, with which are associated many trials, some sorrows, great anxieties and frequent pleasures, mercy crowning all, succeeded by peace of mind so ardently desired, from which in thankful remembrance of the past, I thank God in the present. 1849 (written in 62?)

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Personal recollections of the past;

Events of the present;

Annals of the parish,

Family Records,

And scraps collected as the interest of the day.

(and copied from old mems)



I went to school at the Rookery - to Miss Everitt, her school for girls; Mr Webb's (the free school), and Mr Shutt's and Mr Boothe's for boys - the schools.


First learned to write; Mr Shutt hearing me read a chapter in the New Testament without a mistake; on which depended permission to do so.

Lying in Charity founded by sub(scription) The Old Rector, Lady Hartopp and my Mother - First Committee!! Simple good old man - "he saw no reason why"? and from this time I stitched for it.


The Red Lion (see index) became extinct, Carver who kept it going to Knowle, and Mrs Oughton and her son occupying it, he having a billiard room over the way at Browne's the glaziers -

Nov 2

Mr Oughton made Warden this year living at Wild Green.


Watchmen appointed to cry the hour, and patrol the town; Tysart Davies & George Starkey at 10/- per week; many a cup of elder wine put upon the garden steps, (see pg 6) to be snowed upon, frozen, or, as it never failed to be, drank by the guardian of the night.

Harry Smith succeeded Woodington at the Three Tunns, Charles taking to the cart as carrier, the cart becoming a caravan, the only conveyance for passengers to Birmingham, except through coaches.

June 14

Peace!! Great rejoicings, ox roasted at Ley Hill, (then all open common) bread let down in heaps from carts, my first parasol alas! proving how heavy the storm by its green dye running upon the bread.

Mr Oughton re-elected.

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I do not remember Mr John Hacket living here; but I do remember Mr Frances Hacket coming; and his great good nature to us as children, and his kind feeling, added to frequent and timely help to my Father; his nephew Samuel Crow then living with him till he married Miss Horton dg (daughter) of Colonel and Lady Mary Horton in 1816 and the birth of ten children 4 sons and six daughters - he added the front of the old house and laid out large sums on improvements, the alienation of family property by the unjust will of his eldest brother so depressed and distressed him he never recovered the effect or took the position he was entitled to hold amongst the Gentry of the Country; Andrew his eldest son died, soon after which it was thought advisable to retrench by absence and leave their home for York - letting Moor Hall to Mr Moiliette. This second son John died being married and leaving a son and daughter. The third son Charles died in York unmarried and the fourth cruelly murdered in China. The eldest daughter married Cap Thompson, the second Mr Lloyd - the third Col Gordon and another Mr Roundel, many a sad history connected with them in which my parents and myself were implicated by sympathy and help; repaying to the full and on my Father's part, greatly overbalancing what he had received; but not to the forgetfulness of early obligations, and kindly feelings of regard for Mr and Mrs Hacket.

See Guide to Sutton P17.

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Our brother Martin died.


Charles Smith exchanged his caravan for a coach running four days a week - fare 4/- inside and 2/6 out; to see the coach start was the event of the morning, and what an event to go!!!


Mr Hacket of Moor Hall married Miss Horton, a grand event for the parish, on which we as children calculated on still greater advantage to ourselves and nor were we disappointed for from Mr and Mrs Hacket amonated (emanated) our many pleasures and liberal gifts.


Our Home sold; great tribulation and many tears. Mrs Bracken and four daughters came to reside in Mrs Duncomb's House.


Mr Hacket re-elected Warden


Mr Webb died. Mr Barker succeeded as Master of the Grammar School.


We removed to our new house and on the 16th I went there first from school, and gathered the peas and strawberries which, according to custom, were always had on my Mother's birthday.

Nov 2

Mr Hacket Warden for the third time. (grt triumph)

*** Cath - see next year born Nov 4.


The dreadful tragedy of Mary Ashford's murder made notorious when "Wager of battle" was abolished (see guide Pg 5 and Mr Eccleston's Introduction to English Antiquities P38).

Nov 2nd

The friend of our childhood who gave us roasted potatoes for supper, received us when we were naughty, begged off punishment and rewarded us for not crying when we were dipped into a tub of cold water under the pump within his hearing, was "made Warden" to our great joy, what various recollections of the past rise up, his present to me on going to school, the work box given to Gerty, my mother's letter in it, and many other remembrances of Mr Nicholson.

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The Rectory without the addition on the right (added in 18--) was inhabited by the "Good Old Rector" Revd John Riland, his full bottomed wig and two daughters Priscilla, and Lucy, looked upon as great oddities in those days, he was a picture not unlike Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield, most simple benefolent and christian imposed on by every tale of want and eccentric in habit; on his death the advowson became Mr Bedford's who had purchased his wife's sister's share from Mr Williamson, the two being coheiresses of the Revd Richard Biss Riland, Mr Bedford presented his son - William Bedford, who married Miss Sharpe. He died leaving a widow and five sons. My Mother was with the good old man when he died and the daughters gave her a handsome pencil case.

Ann Ash   See Guide Pg 19-21

Four Oaks Hall with the venerable looking Old Sir Edmund and stately old Lady Hartopp and pew full of sons, and daughters (all dead but one) he was succeeded by his second son Sir L C Hartopp who married the Honourable Miss Eden, (the eldest son George dying before his father). The second Sir Edmund died in 1849 succeeded by his brother Sir William, who married an Irish Woman.   See Guide Pg 14.

Sutton in 1821 - Had one Church Rector and one Curate for the whole of the parish, includng the now separate districts of Walmley, Hill, Boldmere - 1862 - One Post Chaise kept - never taken out under 7/6. to Lichfield and back 1£-1s-0.

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Nov 2

(error) Helen was born as on the same day as last year Catherine came into the world; and being the 14th child, Dr Pearson proposed a name for her as her affixed (error, it was in 1821, see ***)


Mrs Tongue died at the Rookery.

Nov 2nd

Mr Nicholson re-elected Warden.


Acorn House divided for Dr Pearson and Mrs Bracken, each taking up their separate residences. They were son and daughter of Pearson bookseller in Birmingham and the descendant of Aris - "Aris's Gazette". Mr and Mrs Webster came to their vacated house, while Penns was altered and enlarged.

Nov 2

Mr Lambley elected Warden.



Dec 19

** Error - My brothers (twins) Robert and Henry were born. I had left school, a beginning for an eldest daughter, "to make herself useful". (Error) - this was in 1818) at their christening twelve of us were present. The Old Rector receiving the children in his arms - at the altar and sprinkling them from a funny blue basin!!



The good old Rector John Riland died. See pg 10.

Nov 2

Mr Bedford Warden - see pg 10.


Mr Hartopp Warden who dying during his term of office it was held by his Father for the remaining time.

Henry our twin brother died.


Enclosure act obtained. Top of the town carried to the bottom filling up the hollow and making a new road.


Pavement down the town taken up, gutters down Coleshill St filled up, and stone step put to our "old house".


Mr Jh Smith of White House Warden.

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One of my first recollections connected herewith was going as a little child to see Capt Harding's black puppies, and my terror of Capt Harding and his gouty foot; after that I went there to school, Miss Everitt the presiding power; Mrs and Miss Tongues succeeding her; on the death of the former, purchased by Miss Webb about 1820 - Miss Webb dying in 1861 left it with her whole property to her only nephew T V Webb of Great Grensden, Huntingdonshire. Sold in 1866 to Mr Bellamy.

Miss Webb added the bay windows; and connected with it must ever be connected the remembrance of good works, great talents; unselfish consideration for others; Charity bounded but by justice; added to which, untiring industry, and christian sympathy, marked all her actions while health and energy lasted, and in sickness and death her thoughts were for the good of friends and neighbours, and in Peace with all the world she died away as in a sleep.

Dr Buckland and George Stephenson


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Mr Browne in the Park died, this year, and Mr Packwood came to Sutton. Our brother Tom was shipwrecked and returned to England, as passport annexed.


Ladywood - Enclosed by Sir E Hartopp. The New road made to the park, a gt boon before which the only access was at Doe Bank

?? Crowshaw came to Top Shop

Nov 2

Mr Cooper Langley Warden. New lances (?) for Sergeants who met him at our front door and preceded him to Church !!! Quite a joke.


Mr Cooper a second yr Warden


Beache's Cottages in the Park built - Wh(ich) Thompson first occupant. Keeper's Lodge. At Rowton Well Joseph Nash 1st occupant.

Park Road, D.Wheldon


George Brentnall became Clerk

Old Gainer married.

Nov 2

Mr Packwood Warden - he gave a luncheon (or others did for him).


Mrs Browne in the Park died leaving her only son in possession. The Old Squire Chadwick died his son Hugo succeeded him.

Nov 2

Mr Packwood Warden again


Mr Packwood Warden for third time.

Newscutting of Bibliorum Codex Sinaiticus - ancient mss found on Mount Sinai.

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Penns Mill - or Penns Court

(Nothing on this page - photo removed???)

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My Mother's last visit to London - bringing home a print of the first omnibus she had seen only two or three then running, and the multitude wondering whether they would succeed; and if so, whether allowed on account of filling up the streets.


The Rev Hyle Holden Wild Green - Warden.


The Old School House in Church Yard pulled down. My Father's first residence in 1794 (see preface**).

Mr Holden re-elected.


The opening of an eventful year.

Jany 1st

My Mother's first seizure an overwhelming calamity, and selfishly I thought more of my own inability and weight of care, then the crushing load of sorrow and trial it was to my father, but God had mercy and help in store, to lessen the weight of money difficulties and give him the means of affording every comfort and some provision for his 12 children. Can I ever forget that night - never!!!


The letter from France! What a Godsend, the news of the double death almost unbelievable, yet so it was and my father thanked God for his goodness, this in his hour of need (see letter)


Mr Kempson of Little Sutton died, an old neighbour, lived (or lost) much by the turf; and bringing up an adopted nephew - who succeeded him, his funeral the last time my father was on horseback.

Mr Packwood married Miss Wildsmith, niece to Mr Nicholason by marriage, with whom they lived till he died.

First Races in Sutton Park by ponies and Brockas' donkey.

Nov 2

Mr George Brown - elected Warden.

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With old Squire Biddulph and Plewits? is my earliest recollection, bad roads, over waste lands to get at it! Mr and Mrs Oates, Miss Pimlott and three children lived there afterwards, but my only association with it then was the marriage of a niece, for which 2 carriages, 8 horses and 2 boys were ordered from the Tunns. Mr Pepper purchased it, bringing his wife, family and father. She, Miss Saunders, from Woollaton, and for many years, old fashioned hospitality, Christmas festivities and good neighbourhood especially for the young were connected with it, till the marriage of his daughters and son; increasing years and infrmity brough their natural changes, Miss Pepper married Mr Spurrier, Louise, Mr Dumolo, Mrs Spurrier returned a widow to them and for their declining years was their stay and comfort. A more dutiful self-sacrificing and patient daughter never ministered to the wants and painful requirements of her parents. In 18  it was purchased by Major Irving.

ASHFURLONG (now Ashfurlong House)

Mr and Mrs Vaughton, he commonly known as "Old Major" were living here. My earliest and very early remembrance was fear of the young daughters, notorious for practical jokes. The house built, or fronted more probably, from stone out of a quarry close by which formed the dreaded "ducking pit" with which all sorts of frights were connected and mischief perpetrated. Mr Vaughton died here, a son shot himself (not on the premises) and two suffering daughters ended their days, such was the fashion of medicine that every night's draught and other probably were (sent) in a separate bottle, and so many had one of them taken that they were piled a yard high along the length or width of a (dressing room). Miss Lawley, Mr Webster, Mr and Mrs Grime, Mr and Mrs Mason and Mr and Mrs Proctor successively occupied it afterwrds. Purchased by Mr Hacket, who sold it to Mr Colman in 1863.

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Billy Thompson came to Park Lodge.

Beach went to his.


As annexed, Father's journal and specimen of Hotel Bill.

Farmer came as articled clerk.


By C Smith's coach to Birmingham, slept at Mr Copes till midnight, called upon and put into the Express for Liverpool. Seeing and wondering at the countless fires; reaching 24 Mount Pleasant 8 o'clock in the morning and in fear and trembling asking if poor "Tom was alive"; in bed "and shaven" I had a dread upon me how I might see him; between thirty and forty years ago, this might be; after-experience and more thought, would have saved that unnecessary terror. I found him in good lodging with respectable people - but oh the desolation of knowing no-one, or where, or to whom to look for help in that most trying time, but the Doctor was kind, and the clergyman showed much feeling - but it was dreadful.


Our brother died. I was with him and alone - sent for Vincent, who came on the day we buried him in the cemetery - and so ended a young life of disaster and perils - the Merchants Service then, a very different thing to now, while I am writing. Want of education and proneness to associate with those below him, induced Mr Croxall to persuade my father and hurry his decision in sending him to sea - He was twice wrecked and worked his way home from India (see page 12) - hardships privations and exposure brought disease in the lungs from which were expectorated hard stones of lime now in my possession, but he went several vogages afterwards - and at last was left (in?) Lisbon under the oversight of Mr Hadley - returning to Liverpool a few days before I joined him - On Mr Barker's head must rest or rather rested much blame for his want of education and capability for better things. He had a loving heart and excellent disposition.

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Mrs Bird as good as she looks, quite a character; died. Mother to Mrs Cull a worthy successor. Her husband (Barnaby) butler to Mr Perkins

1836 - Chas Smith ma(rried) Mrs Aldridge from the (?) went to live at Miss Pimlotts house, opposite which, and ? garden Miss Lucy Riland built her house at the (?).

Brentnall watchmaker set up a Bagatelle board at the Cup; which Mr Croxall informed against.

Davis given to ryming is author of these, and such like:-

"A Fox hunting Lawyer in Sutton doth dwell

"Who is known by the name of "Game Bagatelle"

"He went to the house of Tic-lac? so civil

"And swore he's send him and the Cup to the D.....l"

The table eventually burnt -

...Dear Sarah...

Having nothing better to do

I take my pen and write to you

Fairas the Rose, that blooms above,

And lovelier, still, art thou,

No-one thee can so well love,

As those, thy kindness know.

With motherly care thou me hath watched,

And with a vigilant eye,

Hath overlook'd both great and small,

In our large family.

If I've transgressed, which sure I have,

At heart I now repent,

And this is sent, oh, Sister dear,

From a true Penitent.

"Hoc scriptum est Anno Domini 1833 July 20thJohn's faithful muse.


A True Bill against Local Authorities

Lazy Longsides went out the measurers to try - "Adcock"

With Old Nick at his heels to a neighbour hard bye - "Sam Nichols"

He went to Old Snips, where the measures were short - "Tailor Bunn afterwards Brockas

And he pushed the ale about quart after quart,

They mended his weights, and went reeling away

Saying "That's a good fellow; no fine shall he pay.

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Escaped the Municipal Bill - on which business my father was examined.


Lord Aylesford elected Lord High Steward.

Mr Holden left Wild Green but was yet on the Corporation and thus foiled the unmanly intrigue of Miss Bedford Barker Browne and Perkins - to get Mr Perkins elected Lord High Steward instead of Lord Aylesford, whereby Mr Wm Perkins would have been deputy; even "Miss Perkins had been tampering with Lord Middleton some time before his deathy. "The Thrice big Bs beaten" we never had such an excitement, and I made up my mind - never to feel or care the like again, it was beyond description.

The Griffins came to Sutton - he as clerk to Mr W Perkins - Mrs G - she instructress to her/his niece?

2 Nov

Mr W Hartopp Warden

Hill Church consecrated (St James' Mere Green) by Dr Ryder Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry in whose diocese Sutton Coldfield then was.

Mr Mendham first Incumbent.


Sutton thrown into the Aston Union, as hard upon the agricultural interest as upon the poor.

Mr Horton gave up the Driffold. Mr Bodington taking it and building the road in front.

Mr Smith druggist came to Sutton taking the small shop opposite Brockas'.

Nov 2

Mr Barker one of the big Bs - Warden.


Mr Richardson (the Revd) Mrs Hacket's cousin left Hill.


Thirstfield came to the Park Lodge.

Aug 8

C Smith sold his coach to a company.


Sutton for the first time a polling place "Dugdale and Wilmot for Ever" in all colours and all forms performed, painted, and printed in our house. Mr Wilmot making it headquarters and a shower of stories entertaining us at night.

Clothing club began.

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The Park

Brown's Forge (or in politer words Mr Brown's in the Park), recalls the noise of the huge hammer, so deafening, and always at work; under which the well reputed spades were formed; dark and musty smelling rooms; a very cross old lady and sharp old man *** (Mr and Mrs Browne) and their son George living there; my first recollection of the place together with the large closet, from which nuts, damson cheese, and roasted apples were generally forthcoming. The overgrown wilderness of a garden, the damp decayed forge dismal old bath, also (our great horror). Mrs Brown's donkey gig-and-whip with spur (rowel?) at the end, also among my youthful recollections; and in after years Mr Brown's crabbed notions and remarks about the Corporation, saying "Holbeche was the Corporation and Nicholson his tool". The son indulging in much the same spirit till he became one of the body himself, reminding one of the saying "To keep a pig quiet, put his nose in the trough".

Mr and Mrs Browne died here.

Mr George Brown continued to do so, till brought by Sir E Hartopp who resold it to Vincent Holbeche, he again selling it in 1848 to Mr Wiggan the present proprietor, 1862 - (Mr Carter Smith rented it awhile).

The Forge removed by Vincent; part of the building on the left of the front view, and the same on the right of the view at the back - see Guide Pg 23.

*** see pg 6 (Pew) Miss Brownes, Harriet the eldest married Mr Bowzer Vaux?

Anne m. his brother MG Vaux? And Mary her cousin Mr Ed Browne.

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Miss Riland died at Maney.

Nov 2

Mr Barker Warden


Mr Sadler died, succeeded by his son Richard, his youngest son.




Mr Smith of the New House afterwards called Hollyfield died, his only son John - succeeding him, but his Mother continuing to live there till she died.



The Moilietts took Moor Hall. Mr and Mrs Hackett gone to York.


Coronation of Queen Victoria, dinner and dancing in the Park.

Nov 2

Mr Grimes - Ashfurlong - Warden.


Mr Willoughby married Miss Law. The firm then "Holbeche, Son and Willoughby", he took Studholms' house - and brought his wife there and an odd assemblage of people at times, his eldest child and only son born there. She a good woman but had many cracks (?).

Mr and Mrs Griffin left Sutton, she was sister to Mr William Perkins - both Miss Chavasses.

Nov 2

Mr Grimes re-elected.

Dec 25

By coach to Birmingham found my dear Robert in bed and very ill. Mr and Mrs Chavasse gone to spend their Xmas away. Mr Chavasse sent Dr Evans and tho' lame from accident came himself next day; for some days, hope, on the evening of the New Year, a great change, as I lay at the foot of his bed, can I never forget hearing the New Year ring in? Like that of 1833 - a sad beginning - see P15 - forcibly were all the horrors of Liverpool recalled - but in thankfulness, for the many alleviations; tho' alone and from home as before, I had many helps - Jane came the next day to remain, father, mother, brothers and sisters took their farewell but he lingered on till -

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New Hall

Old, haunted and uninhabited, except by Isaac and Rebecca Grimly living in the great low kitchen and room over it, leaving the towers and turrets to the owls and bats; A little dungeon looking room kept for the Old Squire's use, in his few and far between visits, riding a large black horse of the cart kind from Ridware, and buying his loaf and treacle for night and morning refreshment as he passed thro' Sutton. On his death the young squire married and brought his wife to New Hall (late at night "snatching the dip from Mr Grimley he hurried me through the dismal rooms, and introduced me to the one we were to occupy with the enlivening remark 'on this bed my mother died'") For some time they occasionally resided there, with a pack of beagles, and we, as young folk constantly there, fishing, owling, Batting, catching the creatures and setting them at liberty again, seeing the dogs fed, coaxed and chastised, receiving frequent donations of gloves, always obliged to present the last given, and reprimanded if not well worn and dirty. For some years, the place as let to Mr and Mrs Jacot, he an American Merchant, she having been a teacher in a second rate school set up for a great lady, and clever enough to persuade people as well as herself that she was so; (ambition gratified and dearly paid for) but she was a heroine, and in her husband's difficulty went herself to America to transact business, before such an undertaking was as easy in later years, they came to grief and failed!!! No wonder! Hugo Chadwick Esq being dead, his son succeeded, marrying in 1858, and in 1859 another Hugo born, the third young squire, who with the Old Squire, makes the fourth generation of my times (see Guide P16).

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January 12

My dear Robert died, brought home on the 15th and buried on the 18th, borne to the grave by - Mr Fowler, Mr Willoughby, Mr Lander, Robert Benton (?), Mr Cheshire, Mr Townshend -

The first change of postage, 4 each letter this month, then the extraordinary device herewith


and after a time the Queen's head, first black and then red, squares (?) sold on stamps, on envelopes.

Green Lanes Schools built.

Mr Grimes elected for the 3rd time Warden.


John went to Rhode's lodgings (office).

Feb 21

Our good Mother died; she scarcely survived her dearly loved boy a year. Her last illness a sinking away; gradually and without violent suffering, she left us I trust in the well grounded hope of a blessed resurrection hereafter, leaving, beyond her family, a good name in its best sense, as a helper to the helpless, a friend to the sick, and comfort to the dying.


My father made Chairman to the Aston Union.

Cottages at the Blabs built.

My father retired from the firm, and took his place on the Bench for the County, henceforth.

Vincent took his place and Holbeche and Willoughby the "Firm".

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From a drawing of Miss Bracken's

The (then) Royal Town

"Sutton may readily be spoiled (ominous words)

"Not easily improved - Munificent privileges

" are her domiciles, primeval nature is her decoration"

from the same person (?)



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Mrs Vaughton died, having lived for some years with Mr and Mrs Oughton at Holland, Mrs Oughton being her daughter.


Aemilion removed to Temple Row, the very house in which his and our good friend, Mr Chavasse, began his married life and successful practice.

July 13

Mrs WM Perkins ended a troublous life giving birth to a son, Charles.

Aug 10

Miss Pepper married Mr Spurrier.

Mr and Mrs Procter became known at the Manor.

Aug 12

Grand Bazaar for Walmley Church, Mr Barker's poems, Miss Ellen's groups of dried flowes - in my scrapbooks, and many inventions of usefulness and taste, Miss Perkins' Floral Fete, her cupids, and the Great success of:-

Halls/Hatts (?)


Nov 2

Mr Horton elected Warden

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Mr Barker fell from his horse and died, no apparent cause; he had been to Walmley for which with Mr Webster it was considered he had {indecipherable text} views, aided by Mr Bedford, who would have promoted the evasion of the Founder's Will, "that the school should be held by Laymen" makes him eligible to hold it - (succeeded by Mr Eccleston) - this was done in {indecipherable text}.

Mr Horton Warden


Mr Garnett came to Moor Hall

Walmley Parsonage built.

Mrs Bracken died


John married; to live at Erdington

Jul 6

Mr Bedford fell in Temple Row Birmingham and died at the Royal Hotel, a dreadful shock, and so soon following Mr Barker's sudden death seemed to have fearful import, carefully and humbly as he must connect - the idea of God's judgement, dealing with our fellow sinners.

Nov 2

Mr Baron Webster - Warden

Servants at Falcon Lodge burnt to death.


Jany 2nd

Dr Williamson came from Westminster where he was Head Master and was inducted to the living - (the beginning of better things).

13 Ja

Mr and Mrs Clutterbuck came to reside at the Rectory as the Dr's representative while he returned for a time to Westminster.


The Coldfield School Infants established in a private house, Dr W bearing all expenses except one subscription - Marian Vaughton Mistress

Baptisms performed at the Font and not from the communion table and blue basin. The last five funerals consecrated in the separate ??? 52 months

Aug 25

Mr Saxton died - (a mistake).

Sept 22

Gospel Praises sung.


Mr H Addenbrooke's first call!

Mr Webster and family left Penns for Breadsall.


Mr B Webster again Warden

Dec 31

Mr Douglas came, mr and Mrs Clutterbuck having left, too cold for her and Dr W spending all vacations here; a single man better suited to the periodical isitations of the Westminster party.

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Page 28

There is no transcription of Page 28 as it is undecipherable, being a mixture of separate sheets overlapping one another. It contains a rough drawing of the Entrance to Walmley Church and the Back of The Park.

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Page 29



Jany 12

The Bishop of Cape Town - then only the Revd Robt Gray - spoke for the SPG Society and Mr Savage for the Ch (Church) Missionary Society, hoping as our own good Rector said "they might work as twin sisters without rivalry", why should one embarrass the other? the Ch Missionary established first in the parish, but The SPG the oldest society and most claim on Englishmen I think.

Mar 6

Edward Willoughby died.

June 5th

At Kingswinford, by the Rev E Addenbrook, V Holbeche Esq. of Sutton Coldfield to Emma, eldest daughter of EA Addenbrooke, of the former place.

June 6

Vincent married Emma Addenbrooke, and in due time took up their abode in The Park, and on the same day Mr Sadler married Miss Bamford, bringing his wife to the joint home of himself and sister!!!


Walmley Church consecrated, the Rev GW Robinson inducted, many difficulties to be overcome and money matters {indecipherable text} Dr Williamson meeting them liberally and generously? Mr Jacot gave the Bell - Mrs Williamson {indecipherable text} a window, our father £25 {indecipherable text} the organ and I collected £5 for the {indecipherable text} Fund.

Oct 22

Mrs Willoughby left Sutton {indecipherable text} a dissenting congregation {indecipherable text} and originated the Chapel at Maney.

Nov 2

Mr Gates elected Warden.


Meeting as to Railroad


Book Club day changed from the day after Xmas to September.

Sep 2

In this year a Thanksgiving Service (for the harvest). Dr and Mrs Williamson giving {indecipherable text} in the Town Hall - to all above 70 and a greater number were found of that age than could have been calculated upon. A Servants {indecipherable text} also given to any who having been educated in the Sutton Schools could bring a good character.


Mr H Addenbrook came, taking possession of Vincent's old house - new stable built, the old one converted into an office for him.

The Cross renewed on east end of {indecipherable text} much excitement, bitter words and factious proceedings by those who should have sought peace, much that was rediculous and much that was wicked; tho' in charity we may hope proceeding from narrow minds, and prejudiced education; a different feeling would prevail in 1866. (see p28)

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Page 30

No diary entries on this page, but 4 pictures.

  1. The (Top) Swan Inn marked (with a flag - this would have been beside Bishop Vesey's School and roughly the site of where the Roman Catholic Chapel - later The Guildhall - was built around 1834). The building in the picture is Cock Sparrow Hall - see Richard Holbeche Diary on the website.
  2. Side of Tithe Barn in High Street, showing stone figures.
  3. Enlarged picture of stone figures on wall of Tithe Barn in High Street
  4. Silhouette of a man

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Page 31



Feb 27

Thos. Vincent our first nephew born and like other first nephews of course the finest and most wonderful; his growth hitherto has not disappointed us, either in mind or manhood, may he continue as he promises a blessing to others and himself, blest with all that constitutes a good useful and happy man, (addenda when copied in 1866)

July 31

Confirmation by Bishop Peppys (?) - who lunched at my father's but not evincing (?) the courtesy one would desire to see in a Dignatory of our Church.


Mr Sadler's field at Maney cut up into building lots - the wedge that was soon to spoil the entrance to our Town (ad - 1866).

Sep 25

Mr Packwood's farewell sermon, an occasion for much ill deserved (?).


Rest of page torn off.

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Page 32

No diary entries on this page.

But two pictures on this page

  • The top one is of a gentleman in a top hat beside what appear to be new buildings - unidentified.
  • The bottom picture is of The Park, with the words - "Aunt Elizabeth" (perhaps an elderly relative of Sarah) - and "Nobby" (perhaps the child standing up) and "Patty Higgs" (perhaps a servant).

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Page 33


A Gay day for Sutton.

Miss Mowbray Mrs Williamson's niece resident at the Rectory (Dr W being one of her guardians) married Jh (John?) Cornish Esq - he taking the name of Mowbray, God Speed.

Oct 29

National Thanksgiving day, service, and the poor regaled by Dr Williamson.

Mr and Mrs Grundy came to Mrs Willoughby's house.


Mr Webster took Ashfurlong.


Mr Sol(Solomon?) elected warden.

Aemilian gave up Temple Row. My Father began to fail - it was a sore trouble and cast its shadow of coming events.

Dec 31

Our good Old Nurse Nanny died, she nursed me from the first - and in succession did her duty to fifteen of us, five and twenty years of faithful service secured to her the affection of friends and the comfort of a home; she lived the best of her life, and died amongst us, I closed her eyes as the bells rang in the New Year, in lodgings on the Church Hill, illness and trouble in our own house made it desirable that she should be removed, and she expressed her wish for the arrangement, she left her brother 100£ and the rest of her savings amongst us - gave me 9 sovereigns just before she died (with which I bought my bed) she left a good home on earth - and I humbly hope is hither in Heaven.



Feb 12

A date that can never be forgotten.

Our dear good Father died in 76 years of age (30 Chap of Job - 23rd verse was the text from which Mr Douglas preached on the following Sunday). - A good husband, father, friend, neighbour and citizen and according to the light within a good Christian; accepted of God, we humbly trust through the merits of his Saviour "Christ our Righteousness" almost his last words and on that plea he resigned his soul to God. To provide for his daughters his last anxious care, he spoke to me unreservedly of his wishes for us, asked of Vincent an assurance that the birth of his boy should not interfere with our interest, told Vincent he had left me with himself and John the Executors; talked to me of Vincent's best interests, and his wishes connected therewith as to Secker (Lorenzo, his Clerk?) and with some foreknowledge of the time {indecipherable text} himself out to die; rest to his soul O God.

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Feb 18

Our Father carried to his last resting place by Ricd (Richard?) Browne, Whitworth Hay and Charles Smith, Aldridge and Field. Mr Dugdale buried him, he had been kind good and useful in his vocation - Members of the Board of Guardians followed him to the grave - the accompanying document testifying their respect - and Vincent - talk(?) so well expressing all he would desire to be said.


A month of anxious uncertainty as to our future - great perplexity as to poor Aemilion - and suitable residence; he becoming daily decidedly past hope of recovery.

Ap 4

Jane and I to Atherstone to receive Nanny's money - a delay in consequence of the Archbishop of Canterbury's death.

May 19

Went to Haselour (?) on hearing of AE's increased illness - how I enjoyed that drive - little thinking of its awful termination - found him much worse and felt that to bring him home was my duty - he quite willing; a glorious moonlight night, and till within a few miles of home, no alarm or increased ailment, he then complained of pain in his thigh and leg - Mr Horton rescued us - and went up stairs with him, and he was a good deal exhausted, but apprehended no immediate change; he expressed thankfulness on lying on his own bed; and being at home - pain in the bowels came on, he was aware that his time was drawing to its close; he gave me the ring that was Robert's from his finger, I went for Mr Horton, and in an hour and a half - from the time he reached home, he was no more; so closed a young life; he had a fair prospect for a successful career, but God willed it otherwise, at the age of 34 he was disabled; and his 35 year called (I trust {indecipherable text} in mercy taken from the evil of this; to the rest of a better world - he was buried on 24th, the third death bed on which I was privileged to close the eyes of the {indecipherable text} within 5 months.

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Page 35

Letter from Aston Union

2nd March 1848

Dear Sir

I am instructed by the Board of Guardians to furnish the family of their lamented Chairman with the annexed copy of an entry on their minutes recording his death.

Will you have the goodness to present it to the other ???

Two illustrations masking writing underneath

Silouette of Aemillian

Photo of Mr Douglas with the wording "Left in 1848. Now Vicar of Mathon, Worcester)"

(Extract from the Guardians Minute Book)

"In recording the death of their late Chairman Thomas Holbeche Esquire, the Members of the Board cannot permit the event to pass without expressing deep regret at the loss they have sustained."

It is a pleasing satisfaction to the Board to call to mind the friendly assistance and cooperation of their late Chairman during a period of nearly seven years in which he officiated in that capacity, and they feel called upon to advert to the remarkable punctuality with which he added the meetings of the Board, the Minute Book recording only an average absence from four meetings annually during a period of more than eleven years".

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Page 36


Picture of house in High Street - May 29th 1848

Ap - 1848

By returned letter from Adelaid poor Frank's death made known; a victim to circumstances which traced to their beginning - set in fatally against him, and many excuses for him; much that he must regret, he died at Adelaid May 5, 1846. May it please God to be with him in his hour of need.

Picture of Stony-field - removed

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May 29

Catherine and myself slept in our new home.

School licensed for service on Coldfield

Lent Prayer at 8 in the morning in addition to Friday evening.


Mr Douglas left Sutton. Mr More came. Good Friday - Capt Adderley and Troop at Church fearing Chartist disturbance from Birmingham.

June 26

Our Sale.


Vincent sold The Park (his house) to Mr Wiggan.

Sept 12

Mr Carter Smith came first to the Rectory then The Park.

Louise Pepper married to Mr Dumolo - Exchange of Land and sale between Mr Bedford and Vincent.

Oct 25

Miss Anne Webster married.

Nov 2

Mr Eccleston elected Warden.

Mr Mery(?) left.




Mr and Mrs Jacot left New Hall, a sorry ending to grand beginning.

Feb 15

Tablet to my father and mother put up by Vincent, John and myself.

Ap 3

Sir EC Hartopp died.

Ap 29

Mr Oughton died.

May 6

Mrs Bick joined us, as her home.

Blabs and Burnt Green sold.

Mr Chadwick (the 3rd) bought his bride to New Hall under different circumstances than his father before him (see New Hall).

Aug 14

Miss MA Webster married.

(Evanilda) Bracken died at Mr Blick's.


RotherHythe - during the visitation of Cholera.


Evening Service began. DW giving the stands and lights.

Mt Eccleston's tragedy began; after having buried two children on the same day; Mr E Sadler pressed him for money - Mr Richard Sadler having secured a bill of sale, and he was taken to Warwick. He had secured an appointment as HeadMaster at Hobart Town (?) where on his release he went, was installed, well received, made a much admired address - left the building, posted a paper to me, suddenly became insane and the same ship bringining the paper, brought also the intelligence of his death, a sad story from beginning to end, flushed with his appointment as HeadMaster here; misguided and misled into folly and extravagance, he was betrayed (one might alsmost say) by his mistakenly called friends, who encouraged the contraction of debts they knew he could only pay by borrowing, and the consequences thereof - paying for that.

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So named by Mr Gretorex - of nautical turn - and descendant of my earliest recollection of the inmate Brabins Butler, a worthy limb of the Law and considerable notoriety, his wig (coffee coloured and straight) his Gig with hood, almost the only one at that time kept in Sutton, when only a real carriage (or chariot) or gigs were in vogue are each well recollected. Many odd stories connected with him and an only daughter - the mother of the above Mr G - the following is worth recording as to himself and his horses. He had lent Capt Harding 100£ and having some misgiving as to the security, rode from Sutton to Bath in one day, and finding all right returned the third day.

So much for energy, and horseflesh - something the inhabitants frequently changed - Mr Wilson now tenant in 1862.


Formerly belonged to the Jessons - after litigation Sir Robt Peel bought it.

Jessons built the Rookery.

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Oct 13

Thanksgiving Day for the removal of Cholera.

"Our monthly Sacrament we may be as many as 30, on High Festivals they do not come, this is very sad, the clergy have been afraid of pressing people lest they then come unprepared, and this proper feeling has run into vicious extreme" - Dr W

Mr Gretorex and Mrs G succeeding descendant of Brabins Butler came to Sutton, and from associations with nautical life, called their home "the Anchorage".

Nov 2

Mr Garnett Warden




Griffis died (formerly of the "Old Dog").

Vincent's house roofed (2y?) and urned - he says not.


Mrs Smith, Hollyfield, died.


Mr Horton died.

June 2

Mr Beal of The Cottage (in Mulroy Road?) died.


Races in the Park and Fire at RC Chapel.


Mr Addenbrooke took Hollyfield.

Aug 7

Mr H. Addenbrooke married Miss Brisco and they twain became one (of us - Holbeche & Addenbrooke).


Presentation of Plate to Dr Williamson and the Rev Grahame Green's appearance as Mr Bedford's first curate (tho' not yet inducted).


Dr Williamson's farewell sermon.

Sep 29

I myself poisoned by Dover's instead of Jallap powders; a narrow escape from death, God's Will.

Mr Bedford inducted and pulled the Bell.

Nov 1

Mary left Sutton and "Home" (for Leamington).


Mr Garnett re-elected.

Mr Wiggan to the Park.


Dr Williamson has left Sutton and the Rectory but not without leaving fruit of the good seed sown. May it overcome the {indecipherable text} spread broadcast, (by one who should have been glad to reap in the same field) - but his weapons (?) were not alike tempered; good, as in some respects acknowledge, - but not for the work of duties pastoral, and social. We have had light thrown upon our worship and services, Sacraments upheld, the Christian Festival kept - viz, as regards our Saviour; souls cared for; poverty relieved, sorrow or suffering sympathised with and alleviated, Vice rebuked, industry encouraged and everyone who needed, knew he had a friend. May God bless him and his (Jan 9 1851)

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At dusk, and well befitted the deed, The Cross "Vain Emblem" - see pg 28, was thrown down by order (it was falsly said) of a Parish Vestry Meeting convened for the purpose; well might the man employed be told "Not to enter it in his book" but for the principle of the good Dr's note I would say, may it not be entered in some other book, against the so called members of this meeting (one bright exception*) Thos Wilkins - Rochford - Line - Jas Cooper - Hollis-King, Saxton, Packwood (Addenbrooke*)

"A fearful augury is the beginning for the end", the words of a good man, how far true, time will prove.


Mr Chavasse came to Wild, afterwards Wylde Green.

May 1

Great Exhibition in London. Hail, rain, snow and sunshine - weather for all nations.

Additions and alterations at the Driffold.

Mr Wm Smith took possession of Ivy House in additioin to his own.

Nov 2

Mr Garnett re-elected in opposition to Mr Bodington.



Jany 15.

Mr Perkins died - he was a gentleman of the old school - Guardian to my mother and Godfather to Vincent - succeeded by his son William.


Mr dear friend Mr Grundy died

At Bowdon, Cheshire

Sep 8

Mrs Packwood died, a good woman, beloved and honoured.


Mr Wm Perkins vacated his house going to what had been his Father's.

Gas Opened. A lecture in Town Hall by Mr George Bodington and fireworks. The Church a few houses, 4 lights in Town Hall and Police Station only lighted this year.

Nov 2

Mr Bodington - Warden (opposite side - see).


Mr. Yeld came to Mr Horton's house.

Nov 2

Mr Bodington Re-elected.

The Ready Croft cut for building, new road made and Mr Secker built the first house.

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Page 43


Miss Hartopp was married to Sir Francis Scott, a deep snow falling the day before causing many adventures, a snow plough requisite to make way for the carriages which from noiselessly passing made a dullness to be felt. The Town made great demonstration. Hollies cut down, and stuck up amonst the snow.

Item stuck in here, covering some of the wording to the right

Old Town Hall (built )

Taken down 1854,

Mr Eddowes came to Sutton.

Picture of old Town Hall here, initialled AAB (i.e. Bracken) and entitled "Looking into the Birmingham Road".

Major Warburton - corporation, came - Haywards disgrace. that old man's poverty is evidence, then I Any falsehood or



This building contains two large rooms - and a small one - under the slanting roof at the entrance the butter market was held (before my memory) but the Stocks, the terror for false weight, were removed but a few years before the auction itself.

July 26

Bazaar for Boldmere or (Church on the Coldfield). House finished in 1854, Church consecrated 1857. Communion Plate given by Miss Pimm.

Picture of Boldmere Parsonage & Church

Aug 30

Repository in Old Town Workhouse result 38£

Nov 2

Rev WKR Bedford Warden

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Page 45


Hill Church restored, that is repaired, having been built only in 1835 a sad reflection on builders and building committee.



Carpenter Holbeche left opposite house and it became "The White Hart" (disgusting). Mr Cull became our next door neighbour.


Commission held by Major Warburton. The low party defeated. Corporation came off in flying colours and Haywards disgrace made patent. "I would rather be that old man in poverty with trust and honour in his evidence, that I would be that man with perjury and falsehood on his conscience!!" said Major Warburton.

Aug 23

Gertrude and Arthur born.

repository - results 32£


Our first Gas Lights!! Helen's donation to the house produce of a Lamb!!


Old Mrs Chandler Wilkins died. Mother to Wm W of the same name.


Repository result 33£ 6s 6d.

July 7

Mr Webster died at Ashfurlong.

Sept 2

Mr Chadwick died succeeded by his son.

Nov 14

Dr Freer died - Mrs F died 9 months before.

Nov 2

Mr Baron Webster - Warden

Mr Richard Sadler died this year, he has given the new font - rescued from the desecration of a village house block at Shustoke, having originally belonged to Over Whitacre - for some time it was in Mr Sadler's garden - see guide Pg 18.

Picture of font - 1856

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June 3

Howard Chavasse married Miss Emily Whitehouse, bringing her to the house vacated by Brown the Glazier.

June 15

Mr Robert Mendham died - after his father suddenly seized after being at the office for the purpose of revoking a legacy left to build a steeple to Boldmere Church (it was not done).


Repository - Howard's Lecture on "Light" and heat bringing 2£ 2s. 0d - the whole result 34£.


Miss Perkins went to the Cottage.

Harry Smith left the Tuns having been there since 1814.

Mr Procter left the Manor for Ashfurlong. Our house partly re-roofed.


St Michael's Boldmere consecrated by the Bishop of Worcester.

Dr Williamson preaching, it was one year in building; the Rev Kittoe first incumbent.

Nov 2

Mr BD Webster again Warden.

Mr Eddowes married Miss Macauley from Leicester, this year coming to the small house next to Mr Packwood's. The melancholy end of Frederick Hacket here recorded.



May 8

Poor Elizabeth's fall; a dreadful event. The recollection must ever bring a shudder tho' at the same time a thankful feeling that her death was not occasioned (hastened by it, I believe it was). She wanted the housemaid and after finding no way thro' the drawing room and in returning to her own room, she turned too quickly, and fell from the top to the bottom of the first flight of stairts, the saddest of any trouble dependent on her blindness, happily no fault to anyone - for she could and did constantly find her way from room to room. She was wonderfully and mercifully preserved(?).

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Aug 4

Repository. Mr Eddowes' lecture on the Ocean 1£ 4s 0d - whole result 34£ 0s 1d.

Aug 15

Foundation of Town Hall laid first stone by Mrs Baron Webster on the site of jail; gardens and infant school - with small houses added to the space gained by the blasting of rock (away).

A high day for the Baron & Baroness!!!

Picture of Town Hall with men in Mill Street

Sept 20

Our Sister Elizabeth died; in suffering made perfect thro' Christ, and in her merits trusting (alone) that every sin was forgiven. She had been a patient and heavily (?) afflicted sufferer for fifteen years; the light of her eyes denied; that of the mind increased; and through God's mercy she was a witness to his power, in charging the heart and renewing the spirit of his gracious promises "I will not leave thee or forsake thee".

Oct 7

Miss Annie Hartopp married to Lord Walter Scott son of the Duke of Buccleigh.

Nov 2

Mr Baron Webster Warden again.




Lord Leigh becomes our Lord High Steward.

Jany 11

Mr Garnett elected Capital Burgess on Sir WEL Hartopp's resignation.

Mrs Oughton died, Mr Jerome purchasing the property, one of my Father's old friends, nearly the last.

March 23

Races on a larger scale in Corporation Field occupied by Mr W Wilkin.

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Page 51



Aug 9 + 10

Repository. Mr Chavasse gave a lecture on the hand - in Girl's school room - result 39£.


Mr Wm Grundy died.

Picture of Town Hall

New Town Hall opened by Lord Leigh. A proud day for Baron and Baroness Webster "Mrs W's being the first Lady's health, after our Noble Queen's proposed in our new building," said the grateful husband. A handsome luncheon given by the Corporation, professional singers, and New Era opened on Sutton Coldfield.

Oct 14

Miss Pimm's Ball - the first dancing in the Hall. Patron BD Webster Esq; a success, unaffected good humour, good nature, and liberality, and good management defying critisisum (criticism).

Nov 2

Mr Wright elected Warden!

Opposite house taken by Giles and forthwith appeared emblazoned "Railway Hotel" before the Railway itself was a fact.


Change of Post Office - Mrs Beache returning.

Mrs Wilkins appointed.

Mr B Webster elected Capital Burgess in the place of Mr Garrett leaving for a time -

Nov 14, 1849.


Christmas Card from Howard and Emily (Chavasse) to the Sisters?

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Feb (26?)


Duke Street alisas Maney Field, Alias Bun Hill, made.

Repository in New Town Hall. Result 30£.

Aug 5

Died Baron Webster at Penns; schemes of ambition, wealth and ppower, for which life, health and better things were sacrificed so ended; a few days illness and all gone - no intrigue, plan, or device of Man can secure accomplishment. I expect we shall hear sad histories of each.

Sept 29

George Beach left the Park for a part of the old workplace in Mill Street. I suppose we must call Streets now by name.

Miss Bracken bought Acorn House.

Mr Eddowes took Mr Horton's old house vacated by the Yelds - leaving their history of folly.

Dec 10

Mr Garnett re-elected, Mr Webster deceased.


Died our good friend Mrs Bick, for four years inmate of our house, and no ill word or unkindness between us; she came because it was thought wise, the time came when to leave was thought wise - and with mutual affection and good will we parted - never (......?)

Christmas card from Howard & Emily - kind wishes to the Misses Holbeche

Christmas card from Hurst & Ralph Sadler

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Mr Colmore bought Ashfurlong and came in March.

Messrs and Miss Bamford succeeded Mr Eddowes.


Repository - Mr Honey's Lecture on Cromwell proceeds 1£ 7s 0d - and result 32£


Flower Show - (not a success).

Part of a newscutting appears on Page 54 about this flower show, mentioning Miss Holbeche (this would be Sarah, as the eldest daughter was always referred to as Miss, rather than by her Christian name)


Edward left home - for a life on the Ocean Wave. May God protect our Sailor boy. Miss Webb died - surpassed by none in her generation for good works and kind actions - succeeded by her nephew TV Webb Esq and not forgetting her old friends.


Old Mrs Smith at the shop burnt to death, found by Mrs Wilson as she came here to wash.


Mrs Bamford died

Mr Jerome died leaving his property to his brother.

Nov 2

Mr Chavasse - Warden

Stonehoue died, his son the puny boy whose life under God my Mother saved, succeeded him as Beadle.

Dec 14

Prince Consort died universal sympathy

Photo (of Prince Consort?)

Christmas Card

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Drawing of steam train in Sutton Coldfield Railway Station (the part now taken down overlooking the car park) with 'Genders' Refreshment rooms high on the hill overlooking it

(Addenbrook, 1867 - added later, perhaps by another hand)

When the Railway was first opened, "refreshment rooms" as shown, whch were bought from Genders as shop, house, (?), and all taken down

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Page 57

Drawing of Sutton Coldfield dated 1856 by (?)


"Here, dullness, universal dullness reigns" was the crabbed prefix to a crabbed history of our Royal Town by (?) Bohun when he was longing for the flesh pots of a Town. His choice of Motto "Semper Eadem" in the year of grace, whereas now the year of the Rail Train, may be added "the Peace of the Valley is fled".

Picture of railway Station, Royal Hotel and Railway Pub(?)

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could have formed (missing words) 30 years carried out their intentions of business and friendship, with so little if any interruption. Mr Croxall a man of pleasure, impetuous and unlearned (in his profession) with the certainty of an inheritance if he outlived his father and handsome provision during his life, was to be the head of the firm of Croxall & Holbeche, his juniors, to use my Mother's expression, "never out of temper", industrious, painstaking, never neglecting work for pleasure, always building up the object of their partnership and business, and providing for his large family - how they separated may be concluded - by the memorandum herewith. May the second and third generation as well, and happily fulfil their engagement -

May 4

Dawson's lecture on Thos Hood. Hall crowded.

Short's old house this month new fronted and partly rebuilt.

Jun 2

Railway opened - no demonstration.


First Sunday afterwards Two thousand people said to have travelled by it - the sight at night when flocking to return - such as never before had been or could have been supposed to be seen in this our hitherto quiet locality.

Cost of Sutton Coldfield Branch - £23,443. 5s 3d 'tis stated

Aug 5


Newscutting ...

Sutton Coldfield - On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 5th and 6th instant, the annual sale of the repository in aid of the funds of the Church Missionary Society was held in the Town Hall. After defraying expenses, which amounted to £1.3s.6d. only, the clear proceeds, £28, were paid into Messrs Attwood and Spooner's bank to the account of the society; to which was added the sum of £12.1s, the profits from an amateur concert given on Wednesday evening by Mr Lampert and the church choir, assisted by ladies and gentlemen of musical taste from the neighbourhood. About 400 persons assembled, and they were highly gratified by the pieces selected. A grand march, composed by Mr Lampert, and played for the first time on this occasion, was much applauded. The kind and extensive co-opeation which supported the several undertakings during these two days has thus resulted in adding £40. 1s to the missionary funds

Old Residents

For half a Century (my memory dating from 1812) I remember households where some have succeeded their fathers without intermediate occupants, never so again I expect, and these but few - Hartopp, Wilkins, Brailes, Hughes, Sadler, Holbeche, on their own properties - Cooper of Langley and Smith at the White house as tenants and 3 generations on the female side from Old Betty Newry - Perkins - Weaver.

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Poor old Swift the Keeper died.


Bessie Beach - as old acquaintance led us to call her - (Though Mrs Beach, Post Mistress properly) died.

Nov 2

Mr Chavasse - Re-elected Warden.

Now began the said foreboding which was another Xmas {indecipherable text} the {indecipherable text} of {indecipherable text} who had lived years of happy married life - for whom out of my own family I felt more attachment than any {indecipherable text} neighbour.

Christmas Card "To all the sisterhood from Howard & Emily (Chavasse)



Feb 14

Rails each side of Church yard put up.

Charles Beach went to Swift's cottage.


Jane Anne Chavasse died, buried at Edgbaston - a life of suffering and deprivation indeed.

John Perkins, alias "Jack" began a house in Cup Fields.


Blackroot Pool let to the Hotel Company - from which much success to "The Royal" is expected alas! for the spirit of "My Pool" gone for ever, a foretaste of the spirit of the age.

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March 20

Prince of Wales married.

March 21st

Howard Chavasse died, was buried at Walmley and in a few weeks succeeded by Dr Lakin. Mrs Howard going to her Father's; bright prospects and successful careers ended, all gone.

? Photo of Mrs Howard (Chavasse)


? Photo of Howard Chavasse


John Hastings began a house opposite the Cup.


Mr Wright left The Grammar School to be succeeded by Rev Albert Smith, a junior master of King Ed's school in Birmingham; the Charity Act reversing the Will of the Founder, whose will it was that the Master should be a layman. May the successors equal their predecessors in their many good qualities.

Mr and Mrs Wright left Sutton amid the regrets of their neighbours from St Leonards.

Blank photo - this was Mr Wright. It appears to have been removed to Richard Holbeche's diary!


? Photo of Mrs Wright.


The first charge made for going in to the Park.

June 1st

The Church Bells re-hung, cost 13£-15s-0d.

Mr Addenbrooke brought Hollyfield.


Station Inn began to be built by David Capel. It was finished Oct 1.

July 7

Poor old Martin taken to the Asylum.

...Grammar School opened under the New Master, (Mr Bee - assistant) 'Bishop Vesey's School' henceforth.

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Aug 15

Mr White began a house in Cup Fields.

4th and 5th

Repository result £30.15s.4d.


Service in the Town Hall - church closed for alterations and repairs.


For work in the interior of the church paid £723.0s.0d.

The first charge made to foot people in the Park this month.

Oct 14

Mr Hacket died at York buried at.

Mr and Mrs Hacket - his Grandson, son of John the 2nd son succeeding to Moor Hall - what was left, except to Mrs H and her daughter?

Photo of Mr Hacket ?


Photo of Mrs Hacket ?


Dr Lakin married Miss McAdam (Belfast)


Poor old Martin died, no discovery of the vile perpetrator of the foul deed (Pg 63)

Dec 12

Miss Emma Whately died, she had lived in Sutton many years an imbecile and first at John Smith's Four Oaks, then Mr Grews (?) and for her latter years at Hollis'.


The wife of Sir Wm Hartopp exhibited her parvenue in "scarcely believable in the 19 Century, as contemptable as rediculous (good for Punch).

School on Church Hill licensed for Holy Communion.

Christmas card

Not from Howard and Emily" but from Dunstall.

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Jan 26

Five Cottages began by David Capel finished June 1st.


Our tablet on the Church removed to avoid inquiry by the school children.

March 5

Two houses began by Mr Hicks in New Road for station from Maney.

Mr Hayward bought from Mr Hughes Giles' Hotel £5060 - see Oct 1846.


The Revd E Meredith came as Curator, taking The Rookery furnished from Mr Webb for 2 years.

Photo of Holy Trinity Church

The Church as altered re-opened.

27 May

Mr Eddowes and Mr Cull re-elected Church Wardens.

May 1st

Charge into the Park 2d on Sunday, 1d other days, to the 15 October.


Mr Hobday began a house in Station Road (on Hacket St).


Post Office removed to Red Lion House.


Rotchford taking Wilkins' house.

Repository £42.8s.0d.


Mr F. Snead began a house in Cup Field.

25, 26, 27

Bazaar for Church Restoration - see P66.

Aug 1

Miss Lloyd opened a branch bank by Mr Wm Smith, druggist.


Mr Newton began a house in Duke St.


Two windows in South Chancel by CorporationChurch?

.... Hateful block of houses left of Station road began.

Road cut to Tudor Hill and Lodge begun.

The Rector left for two years, going to Edinburgh for health and rest (he said). The Rev T Hill taking the Rectory furnished - as additional curate - or as the Rector said (to each Mr M and himself) as his representative.

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Page 69




Additions to the Gas Works and tall chimney intruding itself to sight. Mr Mayfield's house began - corner of Cup Field.

East Window of stained glass given by the Rector as on other side (of the page?)

Sir William Hartopp died at Four Oaks only a few days ill - succeeded by his son the present Sir John.

Mr Arnold widow of Ed Arnold butcher died in an alms house

Newscutting - strikes and colliers.


Sir Wm taken to be buried a muffled peal all that was known at Sutton or I fear much ... ... he had done little to gain respect or esteem by his neighbours whom he ignored poor man - Hearse & coach with an attendant undertaker left Four Oaks for Aston in Leicestershire.

Town being measured for Water Works.


New Lecturn used as reading desk - prayer offered for Mr Bedford.


Mr Smith druggist elected to the Corporation, Sir WH decd.

Mr Carter Smith died

2 photos - 1 empty - the other Carter Smith??

Nov 2

Mr Colmore elected Warden, Mr Chavasse exit.

Mr Wm Perkins died a sudden seizure without retaining sense. What a crowd of painful remembrances!


Mr Wm Perkins buried at Sutton. Mr Kittoe, Mr Meredith, Mr Webster and Dr Lakin Pall Bearers. "The first zinc coffin, said Stephenson - brought into Sutton" - every one to himself.


A handsome present of walnut wood Davenport given to each of the Miss Bodingtons by those who acknowledged their great usefulness and kindness - a beautiful bible and envelope case to my sister - Helen - on the same grounds.

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Page 71



Nov 27

Gas Stoves substituted for coal fires in the Church, not promising as to result.




New Hymns introduced, not much improvement on the old.


Plans out for Water Works neither with our leave or by it; such the presumption of Birmingham!

Sale of Carriages at Four Oaks.


A square red house built by a Rev P Hill of St Andrews, Birmingham, next Tudor Lodge met my eyes! Milton House!! Absurd.


Fresh course of readings finished, 150 said to be tawdary (?), see May.


Meeting to cnsider the Water Works Scheme.


The Hotel Company bought Genders' property including shop and newly erected refreshment rooms, giving £1400 - all to be pulled down - there is such a thing as "paying dear for a wistle", see pg 56.


Mr Hughes bought Marshall's house where his brother Joseph lived.

Brunswick Terrace - stuck up - what next?

Newscutting about the railway tunnel under the Severn.


The Ball


Baptist's Oratorio (how useful the Town Hall)

£132 said to be taken by admission to the Park this year.

Christmas Card of a bird "With Emily's love to the Sisterhood" Dunstall.


Miss Bodington's tea party in the Town Hall.

Jany 2

200 met, enjoying their evening and hearing testimony to the Catholic spirit with which the sisters deveote themselves for the good of others, and of their influence for good.


Two Glastonbury chairs placed within the altar rails by Lady Hartopp (Four Oaks void) in the Church

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January 24

North door (Chancel) turned.

Organ arrived, and seat* thrown down, which with a second hiding the base and stone steps of Jesson's monument (on which the Workhoue people were wont to sit in days of yore) the late Mr Bedford had sanctioned. Miss Riland erecting, and his son sanctioned with more propriety, the pulling down.

Mr Bee our first organist to the New Organ and very unadvisedly I think connected with the Grammar School.


Gender gave up possession of houses, shop and buildings to give a road to the Hotel which was actually built without the means of getting carriages to the door.


Genders the Grandfather of the rising generation died at a great age - on the very morning the house was to have been cleared - and he removed to the temporary home allowed by Mr Eddowes - on his premises.


Mr Bee on the New Organ - it cost £300.


Mr Wilson's Father buried he died at the Anchorage.


Mr Edmund Perkins elected member of the Corporation as successor to his Father - it may be wise, and wisdom (?) in him to accept the post - I doubt it as things are.


Frost too hard for Races put off till the 23rd


The Races again postponed from contininual frost.

*Excess of letters on this St Valentine's day at the General Post Office - 2,300 - so much for penny post.

March 1

Ash Wednesday. Service morning and evening, prayers Wednesday & Friday morning this Lent.

Mr Bowly (?) of Oldbury preached.


Saw for the first time the "New Cut" to be the Hotel Road.


Our Workmen found in the loft over coal house stone slab causing them some surprise, believing it had been a grave stone and in great excitement carried it down. No doubt it had been a part of the old house. Its date and identity pretty clear - and of considerable interest underneath, a very correct copy of Nephew Richard the first attempt at the like, giving good promise I hope of future capabilities.

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Mar 8

Mr Essington from Shenstone preached. Considerable excitement as to Brummagens claiming a right to dig and delve for water and erect works.


A far greater and terrible excitement on hearing of the failure of Spooner and Atwood's Bank.

Newscutting 'The Great Bank Failure' 1865


Newscutting - ditto




Norris at the Driffold died, he had been married 54 years and his desire to have flowers in his coffin complied with.


Heard the Bell at the Hotel, the Royal Hotel!!! May its clapper tell the tale I fear (of failure), alas! I think for the share holders. "but you always throw cold water" VH

Blackroot Pool - No longer Duncomb's "My Pool", or Perkins', but The Hotel Pool, rented by the Company at {indecipherable text} for which the former tenant paid {indecipherable text}. Mr W Perkins was allowed {indecipherable text} for what he was bold enough to say had been expended on it for keeping repair and preservation {indecipherable text} 2y? See Gender Pg 27.

Picture of Blackroot Pool

March 31

Mrs Betts formerly of the Sun, of late years the Emanuel Arms - died, her husband died in consequence of accident - a son and daughter of decline.

Newscutting - polling booth in Market Place - in favour of Liberals 1865

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Page 76






Heard the Town Clock strike One.


Mr Hodge preached.


My window hoisted, disappointed at first view but not dissatisfied. Merit or demerit is with Hardman. I have done well for the Church, and gratified myself in doing honour to Dr Williamson.


Saw the new house for WG Station.


Good Friday, the town swarming said to be 3000 people come by rail.


Services for Holy Week concluded, and by their attendance one would think "it was nothing to see ye that pass bye" or that the history of Our Saviour was a doubtful one at least. The present Lady Hartopp first appearance. I hope she will be an improvement on the last.


My window first seen publicly - I am satisfied and thankful so far.


A second batch of Races.


Our worthy Church Wardens, Messrs Eddowes & Cull again elected.

Mr Addenbrooke sidesman Ex(exit??)Mr Hughes

April 19th Newscutting re Sarah's window in memory of Dr Williamson

Revd? Hill


April 22 ditto

Revd E Meredith

May 1

Walked down the Hotel Road (an improvement - we must admit).

Sutton Hotel opened.

Sutton Gas Works requiring additions.

Meeting as to repewing Sutton Church

Newscutting May 1 1865 - week of great excitement - lots of sensational news

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Page 77


May 1


Newscuttings re The Sutton Hotel, The Royal Hotel, Gas Light and Coke Company

And letters in the Bible.


The Free Masons had their first meeting - a room especially adapted to their use: and the Sutton Royal Hotel considered to be opened.


The directors' dinner, a few favoured individuals invited.


Fire at Aston. Great damage and loss of property, no life but the cat's which was found (that is, the cat) to have been suffocated in a band box.


Vincent bought the adjoining house to his own 950£. I hope it will be a good investment, circumstances seem to warrant the outlay.

Brass put up to the memory of Sir Wm Hartopp.

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Page 78





Thos Vincent passed his first ex(am). Chancery Lane.

5 Whit Monday

The Rector declining to entertain the children as usual, Mr Meredith had them at the Rookery obtaining subs for their food and fun.


Wilkin's barn beyond the tollgate, for the third time in 7 years burnt down again - surely this will pay for all - and not be rebuilt. Builder Smith died, poor fellow, a victim in mind, body and estate to the Walmley difficulties for which Miss Webster Barker and Perkins must ever be held as responsible - all now gone to their account.


Day fixed for Ed (Edward) to sail on his second voyage to India.

Last year in the Nile - now the Anglesea.

Repository receipts this yr 43£

Large newsutting re Petroleum, and the Atlantic and Great Western Railway

Small newscutting petroleum and America. 1865

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Page 79



Water Works Victory - not quite managed by Brum! "Thank God for a House of Lords".

Newscutting re Waterworks

Mr Cull bought the next house £1400, only one bidder ex of himself.


Bob (Robert) passed his ex(am) for Woolwich.

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Page 80


Large newscutting re Atlantic Cable




Another Church meeting as to repewing to get a new faculty, but how?


"Sutton awakened said a railway passenger - now we can bring in new blood " - on my reaching home, we heard the Town Crier proclaim.

A Race at Hill (?) by Women!!


Screw and Bolt manufacturers dined at the Hall at Two O'clock.

The Rifle Volunteers at 7-11.


Exposure of R De Lisle Smith teacher at Mr Culls trying to obtain money on the score of a destitute widow - purely an invention to help himself.

Richard - this month to Bromsgrove.

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Page 81


Sept 21

TV first excitement as a Sportsman, a brace of birds to his Aunts, dearly bought I fear, if my father's judgement was right.

Sept 3

Window - West end by gallery stairs, in memory of Mr Bedford - who died at Portobello?

Edinburgh - John Bird elected to an Almshouse.

Fair put off on a/c of cattle disease.


Died at Datchworth at his brother's (the Rector of that place) the good man, Dr Williamson.

Newscutting re Dr Williamson


Photo of Unknown lady with ringlets


Mr Hill's excellent and touching sermon. The path of the just is a shining light which shineth more and more to the perfect day.

Newscutting re Charity Trustees re imbecility of Frederick Nixon


Mr Hill's last sermon? he gave up the curacy to leave almost immediately to the great regret of all.


Mr Peyton took Doe Bank.

Photo of Bowdon & Wife seated at the entrance of the Alms Houses, Boldmere

Mrs Bolton, the oldest inhabitant of the Coldfield first occupant of the other house (in the above photo, presumably)

Newscutting as to Telegraph Line to America

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Page 83


October 3rd

Mr Hill and Family the Rectory. Mr and Mrs Bedford and belongings returned.


First intimation of New Line proposed by Water Orton to Walsall by the Midland.


The Old Church Clock allowed to strike again.


DAWSON, ESQ, MA - Lectured on the days of Good Queen Bess - very clever and new - making the execution of Mary a necessity, not a choice?



Newscutting: Lord Palmerston expired at a quarter to eleven this morning.


Conservative dinner

Newscutting - Conservatie demonstration at public dinner in SC

Mewscuttin re cattle disease - Fair off.



The first a poem as one understood the latter a capital paper; beat? him who may - catch him who can.

Nov 2

Mr Colmore re-elected a regular? Brumagem party - Sutton represented by Brum.

Lord Leigh came.


DR. LAKIN. Mr Turkey and Mrs Tonks - but the ? left for another opportunity - not likely to return.


Hospital Sunday at Sutton. Collection £19.18s.0d.

New Stove.



Mission good, reading dull, neither in their element of law or learning.



Exactly what I expected.

Wilkins of Peddimore gave up the Malt House adjoining to his namesake the Chandler.


The Wooden box as screne? to the Chancel door cleaned off and a cloth curtain added.


REV. R.W. ESSINGTON, MA. A capital lecture on retorts and table turning meaning neither one or the other ? to common speech, but he is an uncommon man.


Investigation of the works by supposed competent people, better I hope than before.


Mr E Sadler died, what a life and load of sin? his head and heart changed we hope.

Newscutting re Warwickshire Agricultural Society - Meeting decided that S/C would hold next exhibition in 1866, 11 and 12 Sept.


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Page 84


December 1st

THE REV TL CLAUGHTON preached the firest of the Advent course of Sermons - Litany each evg 7.30 and very solemn appeal to us all it was.


Harriette Brockas has bought the opposite house and the first public intimation of the anticpated failure of the Royal Hotel - short run indeed - who would have expected it?

Everybody - who could say 2 + 2 are 4.


Mr Dutton lost his second son (Tom), died after a very short illness - respected by all, and thought to have been a young man whose influence would have been good of such, the loss of one is great.



Photo of Rev Tuttiett or Fletcher??

The wretched man Fletcher whose downward course may be traced from being a spoilt child, was sent to Warwick for a wicked assault on a poor imbecile girl (Churchill). Son of Mrs Fletcher of Haselor Hall, brought up in every luxury, I remember him a handsome man in hoslet and well mounted; extravagance brought him to ruin; drunkeness and every evil followed; till degraded and a beggar he is a warning both to Mothers and sons; Let all who hae a good mother rejoice and be thankful, for her wisdom under God may save them.


Notice out proposing the new line of rail measuring our streets and opposite field instantly intending to make mincemeat of us.


THE REV HL ELLIOTT preached the third Advent sermon

Hotel difficulties much; and by no means tenderly talked of.


THE REV GD BOYLE ended the course of sermons.


Amelian and Hill? equal at school Examination each having a 1st prize awarded.



Merry Christmas card

From Dr and Mrs Lakin succeeding Howard and his wife, very different but kind good neighbours, each having qualities of rare value to make themselves happy and help others to be so, generous and liberal.

Xmas Day - Church beautifully decorated, screens and tracery with the words "God was made flesh" on scarlet, under the East Window by E and M Bodington.

Road began from Driffold thro' the Manor to the town and houses at the entrance projected by Hayward.


Newscutting re name of God being often spelled with 4 ltrs i.e. Dieu, Gott, Odin, etc

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Page 85

Photograph of Sutton Coldfield in 1865 showing view from railway bridge

Newscutting re line from Walsall to Coventry - dropped Jany 1866 due to strong opposition

Photo of house in High Street, nowadays No.2. This is adjacent to No. 1-3 Coleshill Street!

Bought by Vincent - see pg 77 and 84

The small door and windows - see next pg - part of Astons' property - now to be pulled down.

1875 - Mr and Mrs Cull took it as a temporary home when like ourselves dislodged by Railway distruction.

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Page 86



An alarm of fire at the Hotel - some little damage done from the flames.


Miss Bodington's tea party at the Town Hall. 240 sat down.


Birmingham Sutton Coldfield Extension Line advocated.

Wm Bailis who had been blind some time recvd intimation through Helen's help that Hetherington's charity was awarded to him.


Mr Goddard's first appearance as Curate, and like the organist an appendage to the Grammar School.


Hotel Meeting to arrange consequences of The Gt Swindle.

Birmingham having over-ridden Sutton, the Directors ought to pay for it - but I fear the honest tradefolk will be the sufferers. - Look to it - ye wise ones - *se below.


Masonic Ball - for once in my life at least, causing a sensation; by having the courage to do what I wished in spite of its not being "the thing". My good natured and equally bold neighbours Mr and Mrs Attenbrooke giving me their countenance, to see what was to be seen, what the present generation is, and conclude what the future will be, much entertained my mind enlarged, to see that like a tread mill as one set of pegs go down another set rise up.


The Fox and Dogs at Little Sutton sold by the new heir to Mr ?with other slices of the present(?) Mr Hacket(s)? patrimony - a peg going down!!

Aston began to pull down and restore old buildings as below.

Drawing of cottages beside Three Tuns?

Newscutting re The Sutton Hotel Company

Newscutting re exhumation of skeletons at Milcote


A very good concert given by Mr Lambert and pupils in aid of a musical fund.

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Page 87



Mr Chavasse Mr Payne Mr Biggs Mr Elwell Mr Gwythen Mr Williams

Six of Hotel Directors guaranteed 10/- in the £ to the auditors - 19 Century honesty.

Newspaper cutting re Lectures and Readings at the Town Hall on February 6th


Wm Brentnall died depressed in mind and body for some time, mercifully released - P121


The Races - and snow.


Poor man killed at the Station.


A stormy road meeting

Newscutting re The Birmingham Steeple Chase Meeting


Collection for curates Aid.


Miss Dixons house next to the Roman Catholic Chapel began to be taken down.


Frost set in so suddenly that very wet ground was frozen and strong ice between 7 and 9 of the evening.

Newscutting re Old Birmingham


That old sinner Fletcher tried at Warwick, judgment deferred.

Manor Hill so picturesque and pretty - cut up for villas!! disgusting!!

Newscutting re The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop Colenso and also article about deprivation of Irish of their Telegraph Lines

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Page 88




Fallows began an Inventory at the Hotel!!


Mr Davis uniting a sub-mastership with the Free School appeared as curate.


Hayward stopped up drain from Clifton Hill and house to be a fruitful source of Litigation.

Newscutting - Day of Humiliation re cattle plague


Newscutting re The New Royal Hotel - liquidation

Mr Bedford went to Stonleigh, like the boy who in the morning "played at prayer and in the evening played a play". The occasion ought to have been otherwise observed?


Sale of Moor Hall. The Garnetts (Garrets?) left - 4 days.


Bracebridge Pool - let to Mr Gillott the pen maker for 100 per an - see what pen making can afford for pleasure, and what some aristocracy will do for profit.

Sewerage Question becoming very serious - from the increase of houses - and population.

Hayward - Hayward in this as in all others, (cartoon?)

Mrs Chambers Gas Woman and the interesting young Chambers left the half of Acorn House. Mr CL Hodgkin and Wife, DH(daughter) of my old friend Mrs Lucy taken it.


Grand stir amongst Hotel Directors. 4000£ only bid for what has cost 21,000 - I thretened (sic) them with a page in "Punch".


Church rate - suffered to go by default - Mr Wiggan & Wilkins attending the meeting - what will come of it?

Newscutting re Post Office and its work - figures etc

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Page 89


Ap 1st
Easter Sunday

Mr Meredith's last sermon and first weekly offertory. I hope it may be good in many ways "God loveth a cheerful giver" (back to him again).


Mr Addenbrooke so generally at his post (whereever it may be) the only attendant to re-elect our "Good chuch wardens".


The Offertory, as began on Sunday last (about 3-0-0).


Mr Kittoe - Cap Burgess - what a come down.

Sir J(?) Hartopp and Harry Smith elected Members in place of Mr Field and Mr Garnett. Hotel Closed!! What's its next fate?

My Brass at last in its place - Inscription "For the House of God and in memory of Richard Williamson Dr of Divinity of Westminster? Some years faithful and devoted Rector of this Parish, he died Sept 11th 1865 - the window is given by Sarah Holbeche.

(This last paragraph seems to have been scrored out in the diary. Was it because it was the wrong date?)

May 8

Most devoted and self sacrificing son of Mr Smith druggist died - respected by all, was a justly esteemed as good tradesman, good son, good brother and good man - his fatal illness seemed to come on suddenly and terminated in rapid decline.


Awful seizure of Mr Kempson so died on the 15 never becoming sensible.


Mr Chavasse alarming illness in Birmingham on (.......) 90 yrs.

Newscutting re Hotel - sale of wines, sherry

Ditto, furniture

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Land to sell and the Rectory again to let - "The beginning a fearful augury of what the end may be" said Mr Carter Smith of his first acts (The Rectors).


Mr Bellamy the representatives of Miss Webb!! Sunday.


Prayer on account of cholera. Young Grouse? born. HS Chavasse.

Mr Bedford's 9th child christened.

Lloyds - brothers made their appearance as occupants of Moor Hall and the pew, "specimen of Black Country gentry" - Oh! for the shades of the Hackets!!!

Mr Goodard appeared as Curate to Mr Bedford Second Master to Mr Smith once occupant of Milford House at the Park Gate where he is to take pupils. Mr Jerome has brought Miss Riland's field, having before purchased the Old Coach & Horses and land in the same direction - who knows but a Holland St may some time lead to Holland House.

Thomas Bromwich left a week ago having thrown away the privileges and opportunities which might have made his fortune as photographer, he succeeded his mother at Xmas 1864 who had been our neighbour many years. Here she is

Photo of mother Bromwich.

Newscutting re value of property in Birmingham - New St/Worcester St

Newscutting - from Moscow Gazette re restoration of unity of Christian Church

Sept 2

Worked carpet for Altar Step given by Mrs Bedford before leaving for how long?


Corporation Feud - as to game on the manorial; over which the Warden claims a right to shoot. Mr Burton the tenant taking first turn and bagging the game, discomfited the Wardens Mr Kite and Mr E Perkins. The Corporation with two of the complaintants at the head, maintain their rights by giving Burton notice.


Poll Parrot hunt and clever capture from Mr Packwood's window by Reeves (or Joseph as the children call him). He was pleased as the children themselves.

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Page 101


10 September

The Kell conspiracy and intriguing Widow foiled, a bitter bit to her it must have been when brought to book, even on receiving 1000£ which must remind her of blood money, and dearly gained; the cost, years of duplicity, intrigue and falsehood it has nevertheless been a farce; and the amount? of Mr Packwood and Mr James - Mr James and Brosly? quite worth a page in Punch (this from Miss Riland)

Sale by Barrows and Clark at the Firs!!!! Effects of the late Mr Kempson - 46 doz of wine.


Mr Kempson from the Firs No 2 Maney Villas!

Mrs Parkes from Doe Bank to Mrs Wallis - late E Sadler.

Mrs Wallis to Hughes - (late James deceased).

Mr Lucy to No 1 Maney Villas, with a brave heart and willing mind to begin the world again, a clear conscience and upright honest course will sustain a manly spirit tho' such difficulty without crushing him.


Lucy Hartopp's good fat pulpit cushion supplanted by an "antipendium" To sit softly on it will we hope mollify the hard words - of one preacher Rev JP ??

Oct 21

The Revd H Hirsch a Prussian Curate pro-tem.

Coming home a few days before I found some excitement was going on and heard by a side wind (not from the home party who denounced its wickedness) that "A Harvest Festival" was to be held and wonderful similes, shaking of heads and mysterious whisperings. I enjoyed this day and entered into its spirit, thankfulness wants warming up in these cold hearts of ours, and externally are helps?; as intended, our senses not dead

The Text under E window by Ed MB - .........""Christ the first Fruits".

Newscutting re Harvest Thanksgiving


Grand Lodge of Free Masons - as opposite G Beech and another standing at the Chancel door with drawn swords and Mrs Jones ejecting Mrs Eddowes and myself from her pew in the Tigers style.

No Bells - a sovereign offered and refused.


Old Mrs Bailis was dead - died in the night, no illness - sank away. 189 Hymn sang at church, I could not but apply it to her.

"The hope of mercy taking"

"Words of peace supplying"

"Succour to the living"

"Comfort to the dying."


Mr T Smith surgeon married Miss Hendrick of Weeford - succeeding Mr Kempson at "The Firs".

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Page 102


Nov 2

2 Mr Colmore - again elected.


Final explosion of Kellite conspiracy (p101).


Fair day - not a head of cattle - consequence of the cattle plague. "Walking" left of wimply proclaimed from Town Hall. The veterans of the halberds gone and insted of blue noses, swinging of arms to warm the hands; and pea soup of former days; roses and geraniums, and open window pleasant.


Ritualism became an excitement and serious matter, not to end here, recalling my school day doubts.


Shooting stars .......see below

Large Newscutting regarding a 'Grand Meteoric Shower'

Meat 9 + 10 per lb

Bread 8 a loaf.


Robert Fowler preached - what difficulties he has surmounted, I helped him (means) to pay his ordination fees. Now he can help - as he has been helped.

My Brass up at last and that not without difficulties, but right prevails, stick steadily to it (see next page 103)

Dec 5

Mrs G. Brentnall after long and trying illness died, long prepared and ready to go, she did her duty well to God and man. Many have cause to bless her.

Photo of Mrs Brentnall or Sophy Beach?

Another day and another old neighbour gone from us, poor Sophy Beach is dead, my last recollection not a happy one but she had been excited by those who sh'd make peace, not sow discord - Harvest decorations had been used to stir up bigotry - and tempers.


Ladies in their wisdom of 7 to 5 decided that Wm Bailis of Sutton and Miss Baylis atMoseley should have the care of the linen for Lying in Women. Mrs Eddowes, Mrs Holbeche, Mrs Addenbrooke, Mrs Kempson, Miss and Miss Holbeche the honourable minority. So much for a majority - know much or little.

Mr and Mrs Elkins took possession of their Mamas property, vacated by Mrs Parkes - he a retired draper from Droitwich.


Mr Albert Smith as Secretary preached for the National Society


Mr Hiersh left.


Free School Ex(am). Honourable mention made of poor Aemilion whose long illness keeps him away from school.

H Addenbrook had a prize.

Newscutting re Black Root Pool

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Richard left Bromsgrove to enter on an expensive and uncertain course.


Mr Newman succeeded Mr Hiersh.

The Rector gave an oration

Services well attended morning and evening, like our new preacher decorations very good and Bodington as usual of the best "The Word was made Flesh".


Ball, as on the other side (of page). A large gathering at our own house (not worth while again).


Another year is ended "another of those portion which number out my life "how have I used it"? What privileges neglected? What mercies slighted? "Father forgive" must be my cry.

Photos of 6 nephews


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New Years Day for years has been the gathering of the Chavasses - at their good father's table and without exception I have been one amongst them. We dined 20 today, very flat: coming changes would intrude more present than the present blessings?? - it should not be so - poor Howard!

Xmas card - plus "A good wish from an old friend under a new device.

Newscutting - New Year wishes

Newscutting from Bishop of Chester plus "report says and report must be listened to that Mr Bellamy has bought a banner as motto and arms, what pl? with Heraldry is his crest - A Golden Fleece?


Charles Smith died. He was associated with the early history of Sutton and my childish recollections carrier postman and the "Chas Smith's Coach" he has been an authority for things past - his memory so good with a spice of humour that always made his stories entertaining - he was not clever - but always respectable and ready to help his neighbours. I never heard an evil word from or of him, and I believe he knew his God and trusted in his Saviour.


A woman named Clark dying near the Rectory a quartern measure bale of farthings were found under her bed - her own savings

Newscutting of

Rev. CD Newman

Newscutting of Tom Thumb

Newscutting of weather - 14 degs below freezing plus "from the above course, great suffering and privation added to and incurred by cost of provisions - subscriptions for bread and soup were dispensed - by a small price paid.

Newscutting of Lodge Anniversary - held at Mr Smiths New Road Tavern.

Prosperity Lodge of Odd Sisters


Sad calamity in Regent Park - 50 lives lost on the ice.


Mr and Mrs Addenbrooke opened their new drawing room by a ball for married and single juveniles; by a dinner to the Firm and Parson (Packwood). May they for many years enjoy their ??? and charming residence, and continue able and willing to enjoy and practice their well known hospitality.

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February 6th

The Ball bearing date title and purpose of notes (here) appended, a great succes most pleasant evening, and all that could be desired.


Richard went to Mr Frost. May all that is good attend him. Tis a bold stroke for one of five boys and his father's professional means.

Starlings first appeared and blinds drawn down for sun.

12 and 13


2 x Newscuttings re Steeplechases - ie Races

40,000 tickets issued in Birmingham to come to Sutton!! No wonder at our increased dirt!


600 letters this morning - so much for St Valentine. My good old friend Mr Beardoe died he was born at Little Aston where Mrs Mellor lives, his father a farmer to whose house as children we were taken generally on a donkey 1h (one hour??)

I have been carried home on John Kindliness's back. This extraordinary man just gone was an only son educated at Christ Hospital, his talents and energy soon gave promise of success; was an admirer of my mother; acquired wealth and position in Manchester? Well known amongst the scientific, and men of taste in his 90th year.


Mrs Boyle died a good woman, wife, Mother and friend, taken in mid life, her usefulness at its height. What a wreck will he be without her?

Newscuttings re Chignons

Re Weather - snow in April


Snow nine inches deep without drift on our premises.


Hotel no more "Brumagem Sanitorium! Bought for 6000£ - having cost 21,000.

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Page 107a


May 3

Sad calamity (May 3rd?) to our opposite neighbour - Harriett Brockas, whether from stone or shot??


Fine old Ash from opposite field gone, partly blown down, now all removed - and men with no compunction trigging out the land for building lots - alas alas the spoilation of Sutton verily progresses.


Meeting as to repewing (on the whole promising) a large sum guaranteed but self predominant many conditions apart from earnest desire.


5 Degrees of Frost - Ivy blackened, potatoes nipped.


Wedding of the "Golden Fleece" which should have been Mr Bellamy's crest (had the Rector who he says has found him one been considerate). The Bride Miss Wallis formerly of The Three Tuns a simple unaffected young woman. The head of the New Squire in danger of turning itself, added to the twisting of those who fancy it well to help the movement we hope his new wife will prove a better half.

Newspaper cutting re wedding of Mr Bellamy


Died Griffis, the Station Master, a victim of drink, of respectable parentage, and source of much sorrow: to the LNW scandal for retaining him, his evil habits well known.

June 1

Two Irishmen, Bryan and McKew drowned while weeding Black Root Pool overloading the boat and jumping out perished.


Miss Genders after years of suffering died, tight lacing and love of dress associated with my very early remembrance of her.

The sale of opposite land; offered in 8 lots with the 3 houses - Bromwichs, Hackets and Yates. M Eddowes, Mr Turner, Mr Barrows and Mr Hayward (Westons), purchasers


Repository closed 55£ to the Bank.


Sanitorium meeting, opposition to such an acquisition.

Mr and Mrs Bellamy returned to their seat the Rookery. Flag on the Church, Bells ringing and gunpowder expended to do honour to their return and some smiles excited.


Whit Sunday. Mr Newman again in spite of warning omitted the Athanasian Creed which very properly was represented to the Ch Warden after services, more will come of it. Are not the same errors now existing which gave rise to its compilation, wherefore should his judgement be in opposition to the church of which he is a minister?

Newscutting re Water Spout at Elford, Tamworth

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Page 107b

Expenditure Sheet for The Parish Church of Sutton Coldfield 1866 to Easter, 1867

Received a courteous and even kindly expressed answer from the Rector - with his own view as to the ???he had promised; and I am constrained to acknowledge changed my own (under the circumstances), but such ought not to exist, and is one of the many scandal.

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Page 108


June 10

Whit Monday in addition to this Mrs Chavasse was the donor of dinner to Female Benefit Club.

Large newscutting re Whitsun Festivities in connection with Benefit Club

It does not go off as expected - bad bargains.

Newscutting re Tudor Hill Building Estate

Surplice hubbub being hatched at Hill, this an ominous notice who make it a stone of stumble on rock of offence.

Newscutting re surplices at Hill


Trinity Sunday - Mr Packwood recovered himself - gave service in full. Evil Communication has corrupted his good manners (I presume as he had omitted the creed on Sunday).

Holy Communion at 9 o'clock.


Poor old Bailis dead this morning - not many months Master of the Lying in Linen! (jolly as it was). I hope he had comfort from it - he had been a bright example of firm faith and cheerful resignation.


"Murphy Riots" - a Firebrand under the guise of a reformer - tool of a party, and violent demagogue - see Green book - for I must not add more printed papers here than what proximity and connexion concerns Sutton

Newscutting re Riots at Birmingham

Another cutting re Murphy relating to Roman Catholics

Our old neighbour Mrs Pratt sold up and removed to "The Little Sisters" Alms Houses so designated in Birmingham belonging to Roman Catholics

Newscutting re Rev LT Chavasse of Rushall - June 22


Mr Young of Whitenash, father of the poor boy lost from Ed's ship "the Anglesea" preached for SPG £12.9.0 collected.


Wrote to the Rector begging him to reconsider his subscription to repewing the Church as being discouraging to others in comparison of Income "(bold and required a screw to courage, but right!!

Cutting re postage stamps


Received a courteous and even kindly expressed answer from the Rector - with his own view as to the sum he had promised; and I am constrained to acknowledge changed my own (under the circumstanceds) but such ought not to exist, and is one of the many scandals.

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Page 109


Cuttings from Papers - see Green Book - too many for this.

Cutting re Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers

June 1

Rifle Review at Four Oaks - Sir John giving permission (which but for a recent death in Lady Hartopp's family might have been with better feeling an invitation to the neighbourhood to see the show) a fine day made a success. Miss C Bracken endured the heat "to please the Men."

Newscutting re Bodington

George Bodington the younger became MD - preparatory to other changes - I foresee - those boys have aimed high, and by their own merit have obtained much to be desired and equally deserved. The history of poor Richard (N.B. not Holbeche, but Bodington) not an exception but God willed it, as it was ................. (these leader dots led to page 110, which was not copied)


Notices from Ch Warden that the pews will be filled up after the psalms.


Prospectus out for a new Hotel Company to buy the building.


Aghast: a frightful heap of building with flag on the chimney of the Museum at the entrance of the Park road, nothing short of abomination, and purposes of its erection feared to correspond; urged Mr Webster to exertion on behalf of SPG - wanting which former failures and small meetings.


Went to the Driffold "where and oh where is the pretty land gone? Now a common looking road, hedges and banks swept away and three houses raised within 10 months - alas for progress!! Of brick and mortar - one by Hayward, 2 by Mr Davis, ignoring space or convenience.


Donkeys with saddle cloth Malvern fashion parade the street "progress"!!


Poor Harriet Brockas died - from what? Seven weeks today since she considered herself wounded by a stone, and said had she heard a report she should have thought herself shot, afterwards she said she did hear a report and that Mr Bellamy must have done it!! Query, had Mr B been a poor man, would such a thought and damages in prospect (which have been paid) been encouraged - no proof that he did it - brandy bottle influence - on the constitution not wanting.

Newscutting re diamond diadem for £30,000


SPG Meeting by a little effort a good one; Dr Miller of Tamworth, Mr Tuttiet Speaker, Sir J Hartopp in the Chair - Mr Newman spoke well and to the purpose, Mr Bagnall seconded well, Mr Webster as secretary said his say and Mr A Smith toasted Sir John, the best part a collection of £15.16s and lastly a Church Wardens spread by Mr Eddowes.


With regret on one hand, and satisfaction on the other, and many pleasant recollections we parted from Umhala our new acquired Young Kaffir friend, well repaid for the sort of doubt and little anxiety on receiving him, as to what he might be; a fine fellow, perfect gentleman in manner, with noble aspirations; May He who planted, water, and bring forth fruits of holiness in him, and good to his fellow creatures "on April's sunny soil".


800 came into the park by train.

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Page 110


July 29

A sudden death. An awful case of open sin under a show respectable. A man named Oram (?) living with and keeping the woman Squelch(?) came to her, was ill, walking about on Saturday - seen by medical aid yesterday, today dead; buried - Monday.

Aug 1

Organ at Hill locked up - no pay, no music.

August 3

Wednesbury Fete at Moor Hall under the auspices of Lloyds brothers now occupiers of Moor Hall. 2600 of men women and children to be regaled, an ox roasted and six sheep prepared - but not enough. Three more were killed, cooked and being consumed in three hours, rain coming on, and numbers too great, much grumbling ensued - and it semed a sorry ending.


A boy at Mr Wilsons by accident shot off, or so wounded his thumb that amputation was necessary - Dr Porter performed it in the absence of Dr Lakin.

The Agitators at Hill give up the surplice question and attack the parson's doctrine, his manners may be questioned truly - his misfortune not his fault. Webster.


The Corporation - 11 to 7 consent for a race course to be made in the Park - much indignation cause, and justly condemned if as it is said to be a second new market or Goodwood - the train of evils existing there must of necessity be brought here also - can such be called pious secular proceedings?


Alarm of Fire, again at Mr Wm. Wilkins ricks - only straw consumed.

Gas lighted in Church - very early - a fine season but unusually dark in the evenings.


Harriett Brockas' effects sold - all cleared off and Haynes to be future tenant.


Sermons for Coventry Church Extension.

Mr Tuttiet morning, Mr Newman evening - collection £.......................


Inquest at Fox and Dogs - one of the notorious Bills challenged a man named Farmer to fight both being in drink, both slipped, but before a blow was struck, Farmer fell dead (on Sat night). Verdict "died from deseased heart".


Birmingham Festival.



Photo of Umhala - missing

Lichfield Races much of Birmingham scum passing.

Cap & Mrs Picton Turbevill, Cap & Mrs Warlow (?) when they came, left the Rectory after a year sojourn(?), receiving hospitality but little repaid.

Church excitement of the month. Mr Newman omiting one of the Creeds again - Mr Wilson presenting to the Church Wardens - they to the Rector, who said on repetition apply to the Bishop - Mr Webster applying to the Bishop on his own behalf - gained no redress - gossip and "they say" doing its even work, and he's not the man to meet it.

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Page 110a


September 2

Wrote to Mr Hodge hoping he could persuade Mr Webster to take advice from competent persons as to his proper course, I pity and blame him, he is the victim of another persecution from the fanatics of Hill - who on different grounds would have sacrificed Mr (T) Saxton.


Mr Webster feeble address (see over to the left i.e. Page 111) and the sop thrown no use; his weakness is apparent and pitiable, not sinful.


Agricultural and Horticultural show, stupid, ill attended and ill managed the weather very cold, more grumbling than approbation, except as to show of fruit and flowers, that a success.

Newscutting on Warwickshire Agricultural Show - i.e. Cattle


At home for the third successive year on my birthday, generally for many years away, another full of blessings and mercies added to my life; God grant that I may have advanced on my way to life eternal and my Redeemers Kingdom in Heaven.


Mr Webster again under delusion, for want of taking care how he hears; understanding he does not his own position.

Had Mr Webster and Mr Cull face to face, and explanation by which a wider breach was warded off and I must bear testimony to the straightforward self reliant and business view and action of the latter.

Newscutting re Parkes Palmer & Hodgkinson - bankruptcy

Parkes of notoriety and self satisfied eloquence as to politics on theology; misguided I think in each

Newscutting re elections for Birmingham - George Dixon as mayor of Birmingham

Newscutting re fashion re eyebrows and matching hair.

An absurd idea but according to present fashions not more absurd.


Haynes - to the opposite house by H Brockas called Jessamine Cottage.

Dr George Bodington Junior to Somerville House. A new one built by Hayward on the Manor Hill and taken by Parkes who disagreeing with Hayward gave it up - most fortunately for GFB (?Bodington).

After dinner party going thro gardens(?) I discovered that the moon was nearly half obscured and we then watched a very fine eclipse.

Newscutting re partial eclipse of the moon - 29 September 1867

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Page 111


October 1

With a boldness the occasion only could warrant I set out for Wolverhampton knowing only that I had a lodging for night and must cater as circumstances would admit for the day. I felt the truth of the axiom "success attends the brave" for by public arrangement and private hospitality I wanted for nothing, and enjoyed everything - thanks, in great part to the kindness of Mr and Mrs G Addenbrooke of pleasant memory.

Large newscutting re The Church Congress and Ritualism (which, it would appear from the following, she attended)

Low Churchism or Puritanism cannot or will not see that High Churchism - or good Churchism - need not be confounded with Ritualism or identified with Romanism which some blindly perhaps, not wickedly anathamatizes as unchristianism - and would "hound on" their brethren into its deadly errors - on the charitable plea in their estimation of Honesty. A very narrow gauge indeed. (Archdeacon Denison is not a ritualist according to the accepted term of those who advocate vestments or highly ornate services - flippant, as applied to him, is merely an ill inclined term.

As to the extreme men - I have much sympathy with the writer, tho not to his use of hard names - I think them mistaken their practice lawful but not expedient and exaggerated pretensions, should sound the alarm "Be not deceived" of these were the exception, not the rule of the many eloquent earnest, and I believe christian men on each side - who have left on my mind - and I trust in my heart - an enduring belief that the branch of Christ's Church into which we have been baptised, if not the best and only way (an idea I repudiate) to Heaven, it is the best and surest for us, and we may thank God for it - and by his Grace preventing us, keep steadfast to it.

I think so also but perhaps from a different point of view.


Thos Vincent - to London a new epoch in his life may every good attend him - anxieties are ripening and difficulties I had hoped far off approaching. Returning home from Wolvlerhampton saw the wall broken down and preparation for road down the green field - what next?


Horrible tragedy - Pratt cutting his father's, his own and attempting to cut his sister's throat. He has been insane some time.


News of Teddy from Melbourne hoping to be home at Xmas having been seven away. The above original drawing found amongst rubbish - I retain as valuable? - humph!!!

Childish drawing of Thos Vincent and Edward Addenbrooke Holbeche

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Page 112


October 18

Poor Arthur Harness decidedly insane - another candidate for Hatton, a lamentable list has our parish furnished of the greatest calamity which can befal - poor human nature.


Mr Reynolds preached for the amalgamated charities. Mr Newman in the evening, collection 23£ odd - connected with another harvest thanksgiving and equal success. Text in rice (?) - exquisite by Miss Bodingtons "Christ the First Fruits".


Carts barrows and spades, to cut and carry away opposite.

Newscutting Oct 19 - Death of the Bishop of Lichfield and a photo of Bishop Lonsdale.


- opens with gloomy prospects (for some time in the horizon); reference to the past useless, seldom a warning for the future; yet ages may read this some day to whom an early lesson may not have been lost, even if a Birthday letter and advice were not regarded it is hard to realise facts so different to appearance. Anger may be useful (if not Godly) at present, it has somewhat the presence of one sensation lessening another.


Vincent and Emma to London, May God guide their resolve and strengthen them for good.

5th Day of fear and trembling for Mrs Sadler who under the skilful hand of Mr Crampton was operated upon for cancer - doing well.

Young Arthur to the singing class, "Knowledge no burden" it may be useful. Costs 2/6, book 1/-

Nov 9

Mr Kittoe and Mr Colmore at childs play "bissy bissy be, change a cord with me". Capital Burgess shifts from Kittoe to Colmore: Wardenship from Colmore to Kittoe. Corporation approving!!Lord Leigh dined.


Another daughter born at Hollyfield - 5th girl, 9th child.


The Pious Secular use of the Park decided, 11-7 of the Corporation aiding and abetting the New Race Course. Warden - the Rev E Kittoe, Incumbent of Boldmere!!!

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Page 113


November 13

Vincent and Emma from London. Vincent no better. I pray he may not be worse. The fact which disturbs him may well night overwhelm him "at 62 no better off than at 32" and now a wife and family!! The advantage of keeping pace with those around without the means?


Surely calamities as troubles seldom come alone. Old Isaac Grimley run over and killed, and poor old Mrs Dale (Hill) burnt to death - sudden death.


Planted a damson tree in the orchard - having taken away an old one.


Dog Grievance between Dr Lakin and Mr Hodgson brought to open rupture; the lies given, and Mr H showing Dr and Mrs L the door, something may be said on each side, but a kennel of dogs in the street does not tell well - it must be a nuisance

Newscutting Oct 21 "Penny Readings"

Newscutting Royal Hotel Nov 22

Dec 2

George Dawson on Thackery's "Vanity Fair" too coarse for his warmest admirers.


Mr Chadwick became Capital Burgess. Mr Packwood resigned.


Theatricals at Town Hall - Vincent (see left hand)

Newscutting re Hacket


Corton died last night, singular and sad, that two old neighbours occupying under the one roof, one dead the other George Beach thought to be dying.

Idiot Asylum Meeting Lord Leigh in the chair to whom I promised I would do my best for the credit of our Royal Town - events must prove

Newscutting re Bodington's baby

We heard of danger last night but could not realise what might be.

Newscutting re Bodington's wife's death

This is an awful visitation and but for God's doing marvelous in our eyes and his ways past finding out.


Sermon for Curate Aid Society - took £9.14s.0d.

Hearnshaw died in an Alms House.


Mr H Whitehouse died 40 years old - Married Catherine Chavasse, leaves seven children, the last an infant few weeks old, after a distressing illness of some months and great suffering more trouble for our good friend her father.


Poor old Wardel of long since association died at his son's on the Coldfield attended by his good daughter in law, Ruth. - Granny Harris told Helen she had dreamt of dancing in her pattens amongst the coffins.

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Page 114



Newscuttings re new Bishop of Lichfield

A public, perhaps National interest this, but from circumstances I feel it identified with my own.


Noel Road, Edgbaston May 6 1868 - Five months since I opened to transcribe from my diary (this book) how can I do it? - by a simple notice of facts only, as I find them noted down; and the retrospect I fear to begin.




Our brother Vincent died. Found dead! To Helen the first shock, seeking and finding him in the garden. God I believe in mercy preparing her mind when she reached and pushed open the door. Dr Lakin on the spot immediately and his testamony we trust to be true "no suffering or last agonies". All is known to God alone, who thro Christ we humbly believe heard and answered his oft repeated prayers "Lord have mercy upon me, for Christ's sake forgive me". We know God did it; and we know he doth all things well. We have to bow in submission and hear the warning voice "Be ye also ready", prepare to meet thy God. Thos Vincent by telegraph was summoned and came at ten, Richard next morning and AE from Uppingham in the af'noon. My sisters all scattered but not far off - Mrs H Addenbrooke in Birmingham, Mr Eddowes and John came at night. Of dear Emma, only one thought, May God support her; and her child Arthur was a lesson to many a grown person, and proof that his teaching had not been in vain; that father and mother had taught him to ascribe all to God. Mr Addenbrooke stayed the night and arrangements for the funeral as follows: For the following Tuesday, the next day being Xmas Day - a new vault made to hold -


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Page 119



Newscutting re Robert Neville Holbeche - son of Mr John Holbeche land agent

Presumably January


Robert Gazetted and perplexities unlooked for, the object attained of his labour and ambition now a trouble, and from a money view of the matter he would gladly have exchanged it for trade.


The Old Atkins elected to an Alms House and C Beach to fill his father's place.

Poor Emma and her children all to K S.

Thos Vincent and Richard returned to London.

Newscutting re 'Anglesea' ship - Edward

Edward arrived on the 7th having made his seventh voyage that he is so far advanced he came home(and for that we may be thankful).


Miss Julia Hartopp married - a shabby show affair. Old Lady disapproved. A viscountess but poor.

Newscutting re Julia Hartopp


Six weeks since our brother died. Jane and myself dined with his widow and her children. TV absent, Robert there - the head gone, Master, husband, Father, and our elder brother, an unfulfilled life, it seems to me, yet life and death is with Him who maketh all things to fulfil his word.


Edward to his work again - to sail in a few days, his path of duty clear and plain; god bless him

Newscutting re new church porch

Newscutting re Savings Bank

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Page 120

A page of photos


Thomas Vincent

(Richard's Brother)

Born Feb 27 1846

Came into the offices of his Uncle , ? May 1868 as partner and as intended by his late father - honour be to the Uncle for so carrying out the intention of his late partner


Robert Neville Holbeche (son of John Holbeche who was Sarah's brother)

Born 1847. Gazetted Jany 8th 1868. Sailed for Singapore Ap 28 in the 'Ripon'

Mill, i.e. Aemillion, (Richard's brother)

Born 1851

Went as Clerk into Lloyd's Bank Ap 24 1868

Henry Leigh Holbeche (second son of John Holbeche, Sarah's brother)

Born 1852 (18.03.1852). Began in his father's office in February of this year, 1868, died 2 Nov 1872


Edward Addenbrooke Holbeche, i.e. Ted (Richard's brother)

Born March 1, 1847

On Board 'The Anglesea' for Melbourne. Returned Dec 7th 1867. Jan 30 (1868) left home to join the above again.


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Page 122


February 1st

A continued gale of wind the fine old tree at Mere Green blown down - which continuing some days did much damage, a wall built by the Hotel Company blown down, our garden did not escape the effects of huricane.


Mrs Garnett buried at Hill strange deviation from custom "a gloomy funeral not desired" so black discarded for mourners or Pall bearers. The Pall violet velvet crape and silk to match.

Newscutting re marriage of Sanders to Hodge

Newscutting re Grammar School - extra week's holiday because of good exam results

Newscutting re Petty Sessions - men charged with stealing sheep and fowls

Newscutting re birth of daughter to Mr and Mrs CB Hodgson


Arthur Haynes to Bethlem Hospital, I have worked to get his admission and have to thank Dr Passey of Warwick for the suggestion, Mrs Lucy and her sister for its accomplishment, a sad case.


Annie Jackson daughter by a first husband of Mrs Wilkins Post Office Mistress died after 3 days scarlet fever.

11 + 12

Races reported to be "capital" second to Liverpool and their upholders saying "we shall rival Goodwood" - a doubtful honour, if not attended by certain shame.

Newscutting re Midland Counties Idiot Asylum, Knowle (the institution mentioned below) "during last week some kind laldies visited Dorridge Grove and presented ......a number of excellent books and toys ......"

Admirable appeal and sermon from Mr Newman for the Asylum at Knowle - and result £13.10s.0d. Mr Bedford allowed me to name the Institution for one of the appointed Chairty semons


Aemilian's first start in life, the fourth son whose only education excepting half a yr at Reppingham was at Mr Cull's - and the Grammar School, begins as Banker's clerk with Messrs Lloyds & Co - his salary 40 per an, living with his Mother - may success attend him, and ability to work his way to independence.

Newscutting re Temperature 60 degrees - in Feb!


Thos Vincent 22 yrs old; how changed his present position and future prospect from this day last year; had my warning on his 21st birthday been prompted by any than my own poor judgement? to see that the storm to come was now in the cloud (which "broke before Xmas"). Rightly used, the cloud may bring its blessings.

Edward 21 years old. He must now depend upon himself and for his future good this self dependance may be good for him - he has 100£ to call his own left by his Godfather. Mr Thos Wedge - to be invested in Gas Shares - and I hope may prove a nest egg for future savings, but tis not the fashion of the day - "Have what you want, spend what you can."

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Page 125


March 11

Mrs Davis died in the 9-- year of her age. Mother of Stephen Davis the engineer.


Robert left home as Lieut Holbeche, his father accompanying him Portsmouth and on the 21 he sailed in the PO Mail packet, the "Ripon". May he be prosperous and happy.

Newsucutting re Robert's ship above

My young friend, Eliz Jane Grundy married this good man - but, as yesterday it seems, and went out full of (?) and happy expectation, now a widow with 2 children in the Far East.

Newscutting re Rev Bardsley who died of fever at 29

Newscutting re change of train timetable.


Potatoes being dug for in the opposite field and ominous walking about and measuring going on. The Corporation have voted to the extent of 40£ for railings in part of the Churchyard - sisters unwilling to subscribe, promise a sovereign if wanted, have procured 7 sovereign subscription.


Miss Riland has attained her 92 years, spent an evening with us last week in great vigour of as to intellect; feeble in body and memory impaired but full of spirit, love and every christian grace - the last of her generation.


Found drowned the verdict of a poor girl who brought pigeons from Harry Smith last evening about 7 and apparently in health and spirit at 10 found in Mr Jerome's pool - hat and umbrella hanging near.

Newscutting - no dogs in park

Game tyranny I think - a sporting warden won't do - Mr Kittoe in 1868"


Very impolitic I think and unusual under any circumstance.

Newscutting re Amateur Concert at Sutton Coldfield Institute and Reading Room, The Town Hall

Newscutting re Easter Vestry - appointments and "Cannot improve upon them. Grumble as grumblers will.

Newscutting re nomination of Rev E Addenbrooke to the rural deanery of Handsworth

My last efforts failed to help Dick into the Marines "His Royal Highness regrets", so most polite snub as all the do nothings warned(?) - Mr Romaine, Mr Mowbray, Sir J Packington, Mr Corry and their secretaries. Now must work for Sandhurst which appears to me a necessity. Poor Emma must pay for it. I trust she will beguided right.

Sent my South Staffordshire shares to be converted into LNG Stock - the teething process in view.


Granny Harris died "at last" one of the oldest of my young recollections. The Widow of "? Harris" our first watchman for whose "Past 12 o'clock" I have listened and delighted to hear, wondering whether he had found his can of elder wine on the garden steps.

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Page 126


April 28

I know I have heard a nightingale now from Mr Krishaws? drawing room even with window closed - and when opened felt this is no myth.

Emma unduly tenuous, a lesson not to expect appreciation for exertion - but try for a single mind "work for the work itself".


She sees her error and writes that the Uncles, in council with herself, have decided for Richard to go to Sandhurst. I hope my conviction is correct. The best, as it appears, the only thing to be done.

May 2

Took up my abode in the Noel Road in attendance on Mr Hipkins my dentist - a matter of necessity, no option.


The removal of five teeth, scarcely worth a record, but that of thankfulness for past comfort and being kept from painful anticipations, at which I marvel; but, for God's goodness.


Mrs Addenbrook safely so far thro' the operation of a tumour removed from her neck - Mr Baker the operator Drs Bodington and Lakin present. May so valuable life long be spared.

Not an heir but heiress, a young Bellamite born at the Rookery.

Photo - Bowdon & Wife first occupants of Alms Houses at Boldmere - PG 81

Photo - Capt Henry Blick - one of my two pupils. See green book Pg 11. Hero of the 'Souchays', Queensland

Newscutting re Sutton Coldfield - The Annual Repository Sale in aid of Church Missionary Society will be held at the Town Hall on Tuesday next, May 26 and Wednesday next May 27. It will begin at Two o'clock

Newscutting re Thomas Vincent Holbeche passes exam as attorney and solor.


Hotel Meeting - see next page.


Thos Vincent came home.


Richard's nomination for examination as a candidate for Commission in the Royal Marines came from Mr Bromley Davenport - who seconded my recommendation to the Rt Honb T L Cory 1st Lord of the Admiralty, many wires used to move the main spring, Mrs Robinson proposed the scheme and I laboured to achieve it.


Ascension Day - I attended service at St Philips and afterwards underwent the severity of teething, a trial for one to bear, and the other to forbear {indecipherable text} them out) to persevere or give up {indecipherable text} Purgatory, I say Martyrdom {indecipherable text} at 14 Noel Road. Great Success. very thankful.

Newscutting re Captain R Holbeche to be Major in Royal Munster Fusiliers and "Great Success - very thankful".

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Page 127


May 27

Repository and its result 50£


The Old Inn of the place has undergone many changes within the last 20 years.

Newscutting - The Three Tuns

What may befal the new

2 Newscuttings re Sutton Coldfield Hotel Company



Wm Bailis one of the old folk died at his daughters (Maney). Higgs another long remembered after a continual illness gone.

Alms House given to Mrs Pigston succeeding Granny Harris.

Petition got up by Mr Fowler, Maney, against the sporting League - as to Dogs.

Whit Monday
June 1st

800 by one train, and said to be 6000 in the Park. No Rectory recognition for the usual children's treat who met under the arrangement of Mr Newman in the Broomy Leasow.

Davy - Landlord at the Tunns died.

Dog embargo rescinded and may now walk with their owners in the Park ........ it was too bad.


Our late cook Lucy Harrison married Charles Pickerhill and took possession of Chas Beeche's cottage, Four Oaks - alias Swiffts.

Newscutting re advert for 2 sisters and governess job.


Mr Adam's sensational letter as to Mr Hodgson's dogs.


Appeal in person as to these said dogs. I acquiesced in apparent extremity and met a ready response from Mr Hodgson not a moment's hesitation when he felt it would relieve suffering, and poor Mrs Lakin is very ill.

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What a week of suffering and anxiety our poor friends have gone through, our sympathy warmly with them. Now alas all is over; her hearts desire, "rest, and a baby by her side" but not as we would have it, God has ordered it, and on the bed of death, we see its fulfilment. I can never forget it. May He who gave and took away have marked his dispensation with mercy. Rest is to her body; Peace be to her soul.

She was in labour six days and nights - delivered of a boy on Sunday, died next day June 22.

Photo - Dr Lakin

Photo - Mrs Lakin

June 24

Thankfulness at first then some degree of pride and weakness enough; to triumph over opposition and a snub Richard stands creditable on the Sandhurst List. Today, the 29 we hear he is one for the Royal Marines, (but not of them).


Mrs Lakin buried at Tamworth

Newscutting - The Royal Military College - listing successful candidates - R Holbeche

Newscutting - Royal Naval College June 27 - looks like R Holbeche came last in try for the Royal Marines

Richard went up under disadvantage - five or six months of doubt and anxiety at home, without the help others were having, and much to crush his energy, under it he acted a good part and encouraged an indulgent kind mother to gratify his wishes; May he continue to merit it and comfort her.

July 9

News of Trevanions death in India.


Mrs Hayward after a week's illness died at the Manor.


Cole's Gardens opened.


A sad event under Dr Lakins roof, a young Irish housemaid died after a week's illness and agony of pain. Many terrible brain cases during the last fortnight.

Newscutting re Birmingham Banking Company July 68

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July 30


Photo of Canwell Hall

Called on the newcomers. A curious household of three generations. Miss and Mr Loftus with children, Mr Douglas - another son, and curious circumstances connected with this call; Mrs Williamson going with me and having no idea on whom we were calling met in Mr Loftus a very old friend who in a moment recognised and remembered "Annie Gray" after many years losing sight of each other.

July 31

The woman Preston who had lived with Ed Sadler and was the mother of his children died, and at the same time lay dead Smallwood at whose house she lodged.

Mrs Yates one of the old associations of childhood died.

August 1

Richard to Sandhurst


On the 4 I took the servants to see the sight a ??scene in truth - as we left at 10 o'clock at night shoals were going in by moonlight.

Several Newscuttings - relating to fire at Sutton Park and heavy fall of rain.

God has done what man could not do. Ploughs, spades, and engines are nothing to the gracious rain. On the 2nd of Sept - still smoking.

August 9

The wife of Henry Browne (son of Richard Brown) died 48 hours illness

Newscutting re Henry Addenbrooke, solor - appointed to acknowledge docts by married women


Good news from dear old Ted promoted to be second mate and reveling in a cabin to himself.

Newscutting - August 14 - Sutton Park admittance


Hotel gives signs of life

Newscutting re Royal Hotel


SPG meeting, better as regards numbers. 5£ collected. Mr Rowley deputy, pouring rain next night at Hill.


Hurst Sadler of age.


First letter from Richard at Sandhurst.


Mr Rose and Mr Sadler preached for Coventry Church extension £9.15s.0d. a pleasant change from Mr Newman last illogical if not scriptural conclusion.

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September 1

Thos. Vincent took out a license.


First visit to new neighbours and to the new house, designated by its past occupant "Wellington House" but by Mr and Mrs Ridout Wills termed "Wylde Green" - less imposing but in better taste. Several new houses and rows of houses since this time last year. 2 by Mr Cartwright, rather imposing in appearance, a row by Spurrier/Spooner/Spencer? less pretending but comfortable looking, and others at Maney by Mr Wild. No game come in, harvest gathered and birds wild.


A Perigrination in unknown lands, once familiar enough, intending to call on Mr Fowler in Maney Fields. I was told "This is Holland St!! going on I found myself in "Duke St". the Old Duke moved across the way and grown in importance, and another still larger hostelry Mr Atkins - Myrtle Cottage, Victor Cottage, and others where last I saw a hedge growing on my way to the Driffold a new road cut thro' the Manor Hill estate to the right.

Mr Eddows capital new house nearly finished, with Rose Villa and Trent Villa opposite the Old Driffold House!!

Poor Mr Dutton in addition to his son's malady shot his companion Mr Arthur/Arthans? in the eye, first day of shooting.


Indian heat and the thermometer at -


What a blessing if a good deal could be washed away - see below

Newscutting re Proposed Bathing Pool in Sutton Park


The Stone House Acorn - designation of Miss Brackens taken down reported to be unsafe.

Drawing of Acorn


The Corporation in their wisdom voted a gratuity to Maria Vaughton on retiring from Coldfield School. Wise not to make her an annuitant, so that, say???and a woman lives for ever!


Accomplished 5£ for Ideal Asylum

Newscutting re The Royal Promenade Gardens and Nursery Grounds - ? Crystal Palace


Review at Four Oaks of Riflemen


Neither {indecipherable text} or evil have the days of my life {indecipherable text} in which my age is as nought, and the evil with {indecipherable text} for all his blessings - 65 years old

Sept 11

Mr and Mrs Rawlins left Penns, to the regret of many, making way of Mr Allbutt.

Photos of two people, presumably Mr and Mrs Rawlins

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September 29

Removals. Mr and Mrs Rawlins gave up Penns, Mr and Mrs Allbutt taking possession. Rocksall the new house on Manor Hill taken by Dr Bodington. Mr and Miss Keeling and brother to a new house in Park Road. Mr Winkler Wills to Mr Allbutt's Bynterion.


Races in the Park

Newscutting re Frightful Accident at Sutton Races




Harvest Thanksgiving

Newscutting on Harvest Thanksgiving


EAH as second mate. May our sailor boy be safe; well good and happy.

Newscutting re Ted's ship Anglesey


To Hill Court seeing Mrs Wall still in possession of the Ford, the sinking process/force of walls and door, thankful that its money worth is ours and not the property.

Saw Mrs Wilson at Astwood received Mrs Jones (late Mrs Holbeche's half yearly letter after a 15 years purchase to our relief and questionable bargain to Mr Wilson of Gately.

Nov 1

At Malvern, windows open, as warm as May.


Mr Kittoe re-elected Warden. Birmingham and Erdington Swamping Sutton at the "Feed" (Warden's Choice?)


Cold at Malvern, as many cold Christmases.


Penny readings again began programme and performance not worth recording.


Flower & Muntz at Sutton (well to leave out Coldfield).


With pleasure and gratitude to my old friend Mr Beardoe(?) At Manchester I received from Mr Doncaster his Exor a cheque for £25 left to me by him.

December 1


Newscutting re sale of their house

This needs no comment unless on the ingenuity of the auctioneer in his description.

Newscutting re rabbit nuisance - Fox Hill


We were bought last night, "not sold" thanks to my good friend Mr Kirshaw in the first instances 2ly (secondly) and eventually to Mr Barrows having agreed that one or other should save us, the latter by a leading(?) in which we may trace a higher hand, was present at the sale, bid the last Five pounds and I have confidence in his intention.


An interview with Mr Barrows who places the profit at our disposal if to purchase ourselves he would help us, or give it up to Mr Kirshaw (for two such friends well may we be thankful).

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2 Newscuttings about the value of the benefice of Sutton



How shall rise the coming Xmas morn? Was in poor Vincent's mind this time last year - before the day ended the question was solved. A year has passed, some difficulties overcome, others less distressing. Children are well, push forward, in their various lines of life, and promising to do well. God has given Emma good sense and judgement and she uses it in wisdom

Photo of Emma Holbeche (Richard's mother) and one of her girls (either Gertrude or Edith)

Therefore we have many memories to look back upon, on her account anxieties must be her lot; fine sons (must) one or other, always cause hope and fear; my own early days are fondly recalled, 8 brothers, 6 of whom caused many a distress, may she be upheld under hers.


A wonderfully mild Christmas day. Two full services - Church decorated and text in wadding beautifully executed and chosen as usual by Miss Bodington (the cross - requested might not appear - by Mr Newman.)

3 items of Poetry

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Jany 1st

Sat down 17 at Wylde Green (Chavasse House). Mr and Mrs Chavasse, with their sons and daughters, Nicholas and wife, Frank, Miriam, Ada, Tom and Hodgson; grandchildren Mr W Chimes (?), Mr Squires, Jane and myself - 3 generations of the house - many gone since last we met?? A question for one's soul speaks.

Calling card attached


Conies again. Food for the Lawyers

Very large newscutting re the right of coney catching in Sutton Park

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Jany 7th

Mr Etkins died at Doe Bank a martyr it is said to drink and dissipation.



Newscutting - The Annual Ball for Friday, January 8th 1869


Mrs Clive died at Maney her hu(sband?) brother to Joe Clive, they of Aston St union(?) and Mr Oughton.


Mrs Parkes died. She was sister to Mrs Grundy. How far ignorance is sin, God knows.



Newscutting - A Christmas Entertainment for Juveniles and Others

A sad occurrence at the above Festivities? Mr Dutton's only surviving son, having for some time been in a desponding state, escaped the vigilance of his father and mother, that night no trace of him.


His Hat found on Blackroot Pool.


The body brought up; and wretched belief that the poor creature had wandered from Pool to Pool - general sympathy, deeply felt - Inquest at the Station Inn "Found drowned"

Two Newscuttings re Re-opening of the Royal Hotel

Newscutting re the Driffold Lunatic Asylum - appointment of well known people as visitors

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The Revd F(?) Raven died at Swindon 28th leaving Emma's younger sister a widow with one child - a good man - who through the cross of Christ looked to the day of his death as better than that of his birth.

February 1st Grand Miscellaneous Concert


Newscutting for Feb 1 - '69 re (1) Stealing Holly and (2) Strange Freaks at a Wedding


Lord H Paget at Church with Mrs Chadwick, was called out, to hear that his father was dead, what an antecedent to the coming week.


Races, warm windy and wet.


Races again, horse killed at the park.


Ash Wednesday morning service by Mr Smith & Goddard so we were not deprived of any part.

Evening by Mr Newman.

Newscutting - Sunday, February 21, FOR THE BOYS HOME

Fourteen pounds collected.


First load of bricks drawn to opposite ground - from Giles' garden wall; foretaste of what to come; washed down the slum once the Reddy or eddy croft a green field, now a little Ireland of little houses, and questionable inhabitants.

Church Yard - how changed - now a town burial place (where Charles Smith told me, he remembered the time when only two vaults were railed in). Vincent's the first sarcophagus tomb-stone. Dr G Bodington intending (over his wife) the second.

March 3rd

Men pecking up and blasting away the root of the old ash tree in corner of opposite field, the growth of - who can tell - how long?


Miss Birch died (Mrs Cull's sister) a good woman, did her duty in her generation as teacher of youth.


Arthur Haynes, having been returned from Bethelem Hospital as uncured; was taken to Hatton.


Mr Shaw 86 and an old inhabitant died.



Newscutting - on the 10 inst in his 65th year GEORGE BRENTNALL forty years parish clerk of Sutton Coldfield. A great sufferer for some weeks


Mr Packwood died "Peace to his soul"!!! The wind bloweth where it listeth .... He who had worked together so near is singular and noteworthy .......them, how many a history dies.

Newscutting - On the 14th inst at Sutton Coldfield aged 79 years, the Rev James Packwood, for more than forty years curate of that place.

Buried with his wife on the N Side of the Ch - at 20th. The Corporation attending as a last .........To an honest upright man.

Newscutting on the Institute and Reading Room - talk by Mr Cull at Moot Hall

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March 23

Miss Phelps - sister to Mrs Peyton, Doe Bank, married with considerable wedding show. Mr Eagles who had lost one leg since his engagement.


Twenty one years in possession of this house. Mr Horton our first landlord, succeeded by Major Terry and now our good friend, Mr Barrows.

Good Friday. Two full services, The Sutton Season said to begin, Park a mass of people.



Newscutting - Penny Readings

Newscutting - advertising Windley Pool - 20 March


Newscutting - churchwardens

Very well to threaten and find fault but no parish could better.

The opposite field paled in like a Smithfield market place - lots purchased by Mr Cull and Mr Eddowes (it is said) .

April 1st

Our beautiful ivy - shorn of its glory "What a soight a "Ivvy" no longer to attract the Brumagems in passing bye, our Towns folk to stand and amire.


Died William Betts at the Old Sun a life wasted abused and misused.

Mr Barrows as our new landlord came to see what he had bought, appeared satisfied and disposed to be liberal (like himself).


On the 13th I went to Great Grensden till the first of June, insert cuttings as they appeared.

Institute and reading room

Sale of plants from Four Oaks Hall.

Sarah says - Queer, needs must when want of money

Land to be let on old Chester road near station

Discovery of human bones at Mr Giles - they had been used for science

Storm caused fall of earth at Mr Fawdry's at Maney


Billiards game

Mr Cole's Promenade Gardens

Aston Board of Guardians

Aston Board of Guardians

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May 26 and 27

Weather unfavourable for the so called Repository

Newscutting - repository £50

June 6

By my request Miss Riland prayed for.


Mrs Hearnshaw died for some years letter carrier and old inhabitant, much respected.

Photo of Mrs Hearnshaw?

Newscutting - Cole's Royal Promenade Gardens

Newscuttings re Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston

Newscutting re Boating and Fishing on Park Pools

Quite true, the 40 acres - now so converted - was swampy almost useless ground eighteen months ago - now planted, drained, and laid out in broad handsome walks; banks, lakes, streams, vases, statues, bandstand, and large room capable for all purposes required.

Knibbs boats conspicuous. On this my first visit I was mute with astonishment. A Sutton Vauxhall!!! Our Old Sutton no longer A vulgar suburb to a large town - What next?

Newscutting - death of Lucy Riland aged 93 - dau of Rv John Riland. Photo of her.

Photo of Miss Riland

Full of years and good works, died this good old lady, released from apparent suffering to take her "crown", she had long lived in the hope and contemplation of Heaven a Christian, simple, single minded woman who loved God, and Christ - and, in the Godhead loved all mankind - Brain disorder in its terribleness for a fortnight was distressing, but who can doubt that death is swallowed up in Victory. She had outlived her generation, and the last of her (family), in youth had been {indecipherable text} religious, notable of the {indecipherable text} Peatt, Scott & Newton.


Mrs Roskell brave in {indecipherable text} with Miss Eccleston came so soon does the tide {indecipherable text} see Pg 37 on the same day the death of Mrs Barker - Pg 27

Newscutting Mrs Barker death


Miss Riland buried in Mr Mendham's vault.


Gratifying intelligence from Richard - promotion in the College a proof of merit and good conduct.

Newscutting re Exams for admission to Sandhurst

Newscutting - funds for reseating of the church

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July 5

Mr Arthars overp {indecipherable text} it is said by his purchase of the Old house {indecipherable text} it again for sale. Rocksall to {indecipherable text} (and furnished by Dr Bodington) advertised, a very {indecipherable text} either forced to buy a (driver?) and I think unfa .... {indecipherable text} - politic the owner upon the occupier.



Notices of the Angleterre - Ed 2nd Mate.


Reynold's shop in Maney Lane burnt down - sub raised for her.


Ed home for a week returning to unload for another week.


Dr Bodington bought (Rocksall??)

Poor Louise Ellison   a good servant and daughter   much sympathy and regret.


Mr and Mrs Newman received a testimonial - 34£ in purse and a bracelet.

Place cards for 3 Misses Holbeche and menus

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August 9th

Vestry Meeting again and some way {indecipherable text} this time. "The faculty being a difficulty (the)   Church Wardens have parish authority to apply to the Bishop as to repewing the body of the Church.

Miss Riland's house said to be sold to Mr Jerome who is to build for Mr Bedford's tennancy and thus to become the Rectory in the Town.

New Bell Tower on Romish Chapel; Tang, Tong all day!


Bracebridge Pool bought by the Corporation.


Dr G.F. Bodington's Brass plate on Wood's door for general practice.

27 & 28



Failure!! - "Oh how hot!"

The Rector's scheme no go, His, and Mr Jerome's not according, or, rather, discording on practise.

September 1st

Giles' rick burnt, our pump held out well.


Poor old Mrs Vincent Musson (?) died, verdict natural death, violence feared to have caused it, and proof that the young husband had beaten the old wife.


The Revd F. Goddard declared Parish Clerk ----- James Stonehouse (published as Mr Goddard's deputy)


New Curate - Rev H. Nash appeared, and {indecipherable text} Parish Magazine again.


   that Mr Hodgson has bought Miss Riland's house - what changes!!!

Newscutting re Races

Newscutting re Workhouse Meadows -


Two badges - one for Church Congress Liverpool 1869 and one for Wolverhampton Congress 1867