Dragonfly

POH Transcripts - 1860

< Go back to the previous page

SIDMOUTH, JAN. 1860 1

Sun. Jan. 1- Very mild. Several window flies have shown themselves. The Corps again went to church in uniform, being New Years Day. It rained miserably when we came out. The Captain dismissed us at once, the wisest thing he could do.

Thu. Jan. 5- Drill as usual this evening at 8. Afterwards I went to the Countess of Buckinghamshire's ball at Richmond Lodge, Elysian Fields. Captain Smith and myself went in uniform. A good ball and supper. The Earl and Countess very friendly. Not home till three in the morning.

Sat. Jan. 7- Spent the evening at Miss. Lister's, music. Began to try and set my tessellated pavement in a slab of Portland stone. Perplexing job.

Thu. Jan. 12-Drill at 8 in uniform at the Town Hall. At 10, in plain cloths, at Mrs. Radford's ball, given at the London Hotel. There were 150 people there. Not home till near 4.

Mon. Jan. 16- For good conduct, George Robins, one of our men, was called out of the ranks at drill tonight, by Captain Smith and told he should be made a corporal. Spent the evening at Mrs. Creighton's in uniform, taking tea there before I went to drill and supper afterwards.

Tue. Jan. 17- Alas, there is no selecting one man for promotion, without offending all the rest. This morning fourteen men sent in their resignations. George Robins happens to be young and in an inferior position in life, and the older and better to do, did not like the idea of his advancement.

Thu. Jan. 19- There is a jolly row in the town about “ The Mutiny,” as it is called. Robins, having been much annoyed by the taunts of his companions and wishing to compose the present agitated spirit, seeing that the safety of the Corps was at stake,wrote a very proper letter to the Captain, thanking him for his kindness, but begging to remain in the ranks where he was before. At our drill tonight, there was a very full attendance and an immense number of spectators, drawn together to see what would come next.

SIDMOUTH, JAN. 1860 2

The resignation of Robins, of the honour offered him, had served to compose matters. Captain Smith read some comments on recent affairs from a paper and things passed off peaceably. By way of keeping my hand in at swordplay, I went down to my butcher's and decapitated a sheep at a single blow of my sword. I did not succeed every time I tried, but I am inclined to think that, as there is as much knack in it as actual force, a little practice would make one tolerably sure of doing it without much risk of failure.

SIDMOUTH, FEB. 1860 1

Wed. Feb. 15- Took my 3lb gun down to the beach for some practice. The drill sergeant and half a dozen of the men of our Artillery Corps took it down with the drag ropes. We halted it on the shingles near the Preventive House and fired against the cliff near the mouth of the river. Our target was a piece of board a foot square painted white. Range 200 yards. The first was a round shot with half a pound of powder. It struck to the right. I therefore readjusted the sight by shifting it a little to the left. The second shot struck the board right in the centre and shivered it all to pieces. Nothing could have been more accurate. The practice with my conical shot was satisfactory in one case, but not in the other. The shot, feathered behind like this sketch, were found imbedded in the cliff, point first, but the shells did not answer so well. One of the round shot we fired away, having been bruised. We elevated the gun a good deal and pointed it eastwards towards Salcombe mouth. When fired, the shot made a sweep round to the left hand and pitched on the beach about a mile off, instead of in the water. This made us throw away another shot. We now took a perfect one that had not been bruised. It went as straight as an arrow and either struck or dashed the water over a small rock in the sea, lying off Salcombe Hill, a mile from Sidmouth.

Thu. Feb. 16- A new Great Seal has been made, the old one, made at the beginning of the Queen's reign, being worn out. See Illustrated London News for Feb.11.

SIDMOUTH, FEB. 1860 2

Sat. Feb. 18- A wedding took place today in the church, although nothing is there, during the alterations, but bare walls. A space in the north chancel aisle was carpeted and enclosed with flags. The parties were Captain Wake and Miss. St. Aubyn.

Mon. Feb. 27- A most windy day. Much damage done. Houses un-slated, cottages and ricks un-thatched and trees blown down. My hive of bees was turned over. It was full of a beautiful comb full of honey. The bees being somewhat torpid, did not fly about much. I put the stand to rights and got the hive up again. The comb was not broken by the tumble and no injury seems to have been done.

SIDMOUTH, MAR. 1860 1

Fri. Mar. 9- Full moon last Wednesday. Some weeks ago a French astronomer asserted in the public prints, that the tides at this change of the moon would be higher and lower than they have been for the last 100 years. Besides the fact that the tides are always higher and lower at this season of the year, (the equinox) the moon is now nearer to the earth than usual and this fact was to have its influence. Today and yesterday the tides were certainly much affected. I never saw them so low as today. Opposite the mouth of the river there was a reef of rocks, also another beyond and from hence to the Chit rocks a broad expanse of sand. I was told that about opposite Marlborough Place, on the sand, there lay five large stones which looked as if they had been artificially shaped out. These I did not see.

Fri. Mar. 23- Attended a vestry meeting of a very stormy kind. From the church (or rather the tower, for the church is not finished) we adjourned to the Town Hall. An address, recently issued by the Rev. the Earl of Buckinghamshire, discouraging the putting up of certain Tractarian symbols in the church and advising the parishioners to attend and vote against them. This brought a large attendance. Although one of the Building Committee, I have felt lately that I could not pull with the other members. I felt I sided more with the Earl's views rather than with those of the Committee. It was a most unpleasant thing for me today, to make a speech condemnatory of the course now proposed to be taken by those gentlemen with whom I have worked for fifteen months. When the votes were taken, the parish (including the Earl's views and mine) had a majority of four to one over the Tractarians.

Sat. Mar. 24- This morning I got a very friendly letter from the Earl, approving of the part which I had taken.

SIDMOUTH, APR. 1860 1

Thu. Apr. 5- Finished my piece of tessellated pavement, begun on the 7th. Of January and carried on at sundry intervals. The tessera came from the remains of a Roman villa, discovered some years ago in a field near Uplyme. I bought a peck of them at a sale at the vicarage, Musbury, in August 1858. The colours are blue (blue lias) fawn colour (white lias) white (chalk) and red (brick). My pattern is a sort of Greek fret surrounded by a border of the guilloche pattern. The whole is set with Portland cement in a basin an inch deep cut in a slab of Portland stone. I design this piece of work for the centre of the floor of the “Old Chancel”, at Coburg Terrace.

Fri. Apr. 6- Good Friday.

Sat. Apr. 7- Beautiful day, like spring. Took the cornopean and went to the top of Bulverton Hill. My gardener was up there with a cart and got a load of heath to lay down on the south side of my Old Chancel.

Sun. Apr. 8- Easter Sunday. Miserable day.

Mon. Apr. 9- Easter Monday. Fine, but cold wind. At five p.m. The Artillery Company assembled in the Market Place and marched along the beach to the Fort Field for the first time. Now the days are getting longer, we shall be able to turn out by daylight more frequently. The men were very inattentive and did everything very badly.

Thu. Apr. 12- Vestry meeting adjourned to the Town Hall, the business being the election of church wardens. Mr. Lousada, one of the late wardens declined the office again. Mr. Webber, the other, was chosen by the Vicar. Mr. Searle was chosen by the parish. The votes were 39 to 34, or there about, for some doubt occurred. Two ladies came and voted, Mrs. Slessor, of Broadway and Miss. Dawson, of Cotlands.

SIDMOUTH, APR. 1860 2

Tue. Apr. 17- Fine March day, a north-east wind and bright sun. Gardened for several hours. In the “Old Chancel” were Arch. Cawsey and Butter, two of our Artillery men, employed in glazing the great East Window. At the church the men are engaged in slating the roof of the nave, laying on four courses of green, or Cornish slate and three of purple, or Welsh slate. I went aloft and got upon the ridge of the roof, which has rather a sharp pitch and enjoyed the fine view over the town and country, and sea on all sides I took a shilling out of my pocket and stuck it, unperceived by anybody, into a crevice of the timbers, and after I had come down, I told the men I had “paid my footing” and that there was a shilling amongst the timbers, somewhere up aloft. In an instant up they scrambled to the ridge and examined every place where I had been. At last a man called Iaver, a carpenter, and one of our Artillery men, cried out with exultation that he had found it.

Sat. Apr. 21- In Woolmer's Exeter and Phymouth Gazette of today, there is a long letter of mine on the subject of the late parish quarrels and a defence of the Rev. the Earl of Buckinghamshire in the steps which he has taken. This evening I received a kind letter from his Lordship, thanking me for what I had done.

Mon. Apr. 23- At 5 this afternoon there was a Committee meeting of the members of the Church Improvement Committee at Mr. Churchwarden Webber's. Present, the Rev. H.J.Hamilton, the vicar, J.B.Lousada Esq., Rev. G.Deacon, Mr.Webber and Mr. Prettejohn, besides myself. The Chairman, the vicar, read a reply to my letter in Woolmer of Saturday, to certain parts of which I objected. It was then sent to the post. The vicar was then called away to a funeral, when Mr. Lousada took the chair. Mr. Plaice, the Clerk-of-the-Works, came upstairs and said he had some complaints to make about me. I understood his ill-humour. A month or two ago I offended him by

SIDMOUTH, APR. 1860 3

2Mon. Apr. 23contd.- conveying to him a censure from the Committee, especially Mr. Deacon and Mr. Lousada, respecting the shameful and unworkmanlike way in which some large and jagged holes had been cut in the tower, to insert some ends of timbers. Though he was saucy to me at the time, he subsequently apologised for what he had said. He appears to have thought that the present would be a favourable moment for a little revenge. He first complained that I had said he had made disrespectful remarks of Mr. Deacon, when Mr. Deacon was looking after the church works, as in duty bound, I cross questioned him a little and brought back to his memory what he had said. He was obliged to confess it was true. He then said that last Autumn I had gone down into the churchyard early one morning and tried to bribe or induce some men to open a vault and show me the remains of a Bible which had been examined and reburied. My counter statement was that the Bible had been found on the 9th of August, that towards the afternoon of that day I had talked to him about it, that I expressed my regret that I had not seen it and asked whether he could show it to me?, that he replied, it was only under a few stones, but as there were a good many people about then, he had rather not remove them then, but if I would come down tomorrow morning early, he would give me a sight of the book. I went down, but he failed to keep his promise then, but when I saw him a little later, he made excuses and I did not see it. My sketch of the book in my ms. Memoranda on the Restoration of Sidmouth Church was taken from a drawing of his. He also said I had dealt unfairly in some points connected with the building of my “Old Chancel” at Coburg Terrace, he, quite forgetting that I had a regularly written contact, which had been my guide throughout.

SIDMOUTH, APR. 1860 4

Wen. Apr. 25- Wrote to the vicar to request he would call an early meeting, to give me an opportunity of refuting the calumnies spoken against me last Monday, before the same gentlemen who had heard them. He excused himself. See Harvey's “Sidmouth Directory” for May.

SIDMOUTH, MAY 1860 1

Fri. May 4- The officers and non- commissioned officers of our Artillery Company, assembled half an hour before the men this evening in the Fort Field and had some gun drill.

Wed. May 9- We had a pleasant drill. First worked the guns in the field, marched 4 deep to the Town Hall, where more men joined us, marched back to the field via church street, had half an hours company drill there, then marched via the beach (whistling a tune) up through the town and were dismissed in Upper High Street.

Tue. May 15- Though the barometer is rising, we had several violent showers today. Went to the archery ground, voted for the admission of several new members. The evening was finer. Had an hours gun drill.

Fri. May 18- So wet we had no drill. All this week a glazier has been occupied putting in the odds and ends of stained glass in the head of the window in my Old Chancel. I have put up some coats of arms (Hutchinson and Parker) but as they are only done in water colours and varnished, I do not suppose they will last long.

Sat. May 19- A friend of mine, a gentleman of property here, bought some chains and other jewellery off a travelling Jew, giving him, besides some money, a quantity of furniture, under the idea that they were good gold. He, being in Exeter today pawned one of the chains. The man took the chain and gave four sovereigns on it, a proof that he thought it was gold. He allowed the other to go and then found out that it was not gold. He ought to have tested the article whilst the other was in the shop. He then sent a policeman after him and had him taken into custody. As there was no one in Exeter who could speak for him he was locked up. His wife, on her return to Sidmouth, sent and told me. At half past nine I started off for Exeter in a gig, hoping to get there in time to bail him out. I did not arrive till near twelve, the distance being little short of sixteen miles. I saw his lawyer, by calling him out of bed.

SIDMOUTH, MAY 1860 2

Sat. May 19 cont.- I also went to the Guild Hall, but it was too late to do anything. I determined to get back to Sidmouth as soon as I could. I went to bed at one, on the morning of :-

Sun. May 20- Woke at three A.M. Got up at four, or a little after, not much refreshed. At five I got into the Mail and arrived in Sidmouth at 7½. Had breakfast at eight, for I had eaten nothing since my tea at home the evening before.

Mon. May 21- Started again. His wife took a carriage and Mr. Harris and myself went with her. We went to the Guild Hall, the case was adjourned till Saturday, for want of further evidence. We bailed him out- £50 each and returned. Had tea, dressed in uniform and went to the Fort Field.

Tue. May 22- Assisted to make up thirty cartridges for the great guns. At our drill in the Fort Field today we fired four small charges of one pound each out of our two 24 pounders. This is the first powder our men have fired.

Wed. May 23- Today we intended to fire four more, but one gun misfired. On searching it, a piece of old flannel cartridge was found.

Thu. May 24- The Queen's birthday. At 11 A.M. I attended a vestry meeting. A committee was appointed for the purpose of advertising for an organist and making a selection. I at first refused to be one of the committee, saying I was sick of committees and of parish quarrels. However, I am one. We had a gay afternoon. At 1 the officers and men of our Artillery Corps dined together at the York Hotel, at 2 our trumpeters sounded the “Fall in”, we marched to the Fort Field, had a little drill and then began a Royal salute of 21 guns on two. As the men had never attempted anything of this sort before and as we had only two guns, the interval between each shot was one minute. However, everything went admirably. Not an accident happened, nor did any misfire or hang fire occur. The charge was 2lbs and it made noise enough as many houses were near us.

SIDMOUTH, MAY 1860 3

Thu. May 24 cont.- The guns were washed. We then marched through the town, half a mile out to the Elysian Fields, headed by a band hired for the occasion, to pay a mark of respect to the Earl of Buckinghamshire, who has always been a good friend to the Corps and gave us £5 for our expenses today. We marched into his grounds and gave him three cheers. He came out, thanked us and shook hands with me and the other officers. We then marched back through the town to the York Hotel again. The weather was fine, the sun hot and the roads dusty. We sat down, quenched our thirst and some speeches made and songs sung. The Captain left. We afterwards again marched up the town, took Mill Lane, turned to the left, gave the Captain three cheers and were dismissed. The names and places of the men who served the guns, are shown below.

DAWLISH, MAY 1860 4

Wed. May 30- Went to Dawlish via Exeter, to stay a week or two with my cousin Mary Roberton at Belmont Villa, on the north-east cliff. Found my cousin Marion Jones there.

Thu. May 31- Rain. We spent the evening next door at Ermenville, the residence of the Evens.

DAWLISH, JUNE 1860 1

Mon. June 4- Put on my undress uniform and went over to Teignmouth on Artillery business with the officers of the Teignmouth Artillery Volunteers.

Tue. June 5- Went over again today, not having done all I wished to do yesterday.

Fri. June 8- Went to Exmouth for the same purpose. Walked along the beach and over the Warren, a tedious walk across the soft sand. When I was near the gun house, passing over the great hillocks of sand, I surprised a large picnic party. They were sitting at tea in a hollow and when I appeared on the hillock just above them, they all stopped their eating and drinking, at the unexpected apparition in uniform above them. I stopped short, equally astonished too. I then descended the hillock to where they were and told them I was glad to see them enjoying themselves so much. They had a large tablecloth spread on the sand, round which they were seated. There were cups and saucers, plates, bread and butter, cake, cream and sundry other good things. At a little distance was a fire made of waifs and strays, picked up on the sand, with a kettle boiling supported on sticks. One of them asked me to take a cup of tea, which (after a little modest hesitation) I accepted. I stayed ten minutes with them, sipping hot tea and talking on various subjects. I saw the girls laughing and tittering, much amused at the unexpected visit of the stranger. They told me they were a party from Limpstone. I then bid them good bye and went on to the ferry, crossed over for 2d, called on the first Lieutenant, transacted business, called on the Cutters, where I left some fossils from Sidmouth, went and looked at the guns (two 24- pounders like ours), returned to the ferry, recrossed and walked back.

Tue. June 12- Returned to Sidmouth. Marion, Miss Alderman, of Tiverton and Miss Harvey (staying at Starcross) I accompanied as far as Exeter and then came on.

SIDMOUTH, JUNE 1860 2

Thu. June 14- Today the churchyard enquiry took place. The reporters of two of the Exeter papers dined with me. See my M.S. Book on the Restoration of Sidmouth Church, Vol.II.

Fri. June 22- Today Captain Henry, from Plymouth, inspected the Volunteer Artillery Corps for the first time. We fired 18 or 19 rounds, the arrangements being pretty much the same as on the Queen's birthday.

Wed. June 27- Gilt and painted the armorial bearings on Harlewyn's monument. The shield bears Harlewyn impaling Parker (Earl of Morley's family).

SIDMOUTH, JULY 1860 1

 

Mon. July 2- Pages case came on today. (see May 21). Started at 7½ A.M. And drove into Exeter. He was acquitted. Got back by 9 P.M. Fine weather has come in with this month. Hitherto, with some interval towards the latter part of May, it has been cold and wet.

 

Tue. July 10- The Prince of Wales left Plymouth sound for Canada.

 

Thu. July 12- Today the parish church was formally opened to the public, although much remains to be done in the way of finishing. Fourteen clergymen in surplices made their appearance! At the end of the morning service a collection was made. I could not resist a practical joke having reference to the quarrels, contentions and party animosities that have been so much mixed up with the rebuilding of the church. In all these quarrels, I regret to say, I have seen as much spit, ill will and ungentlemanly conduct in the clergy as ever I have seen in any other persons whatever. Before I went to church this morning, I selected a piece of paper as near in size and appearance to that of a £5 or £10 note as I could find and wrote the following sentences upon it. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” Ps. 127.1 “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.” Prov. XX.3. “ And a house divided against itself shall not stand.” Matt. 12.25. When I put the paper in the plate, it certainly looked very like a bank note. I would have given a trifle to have seen the countenances of those fourteen clergymen when they opened and read it.

 

Sun. July 22- At the urgent request of a friend whom I have not seen for some years and who is now staying at Beer,some eight miles off, I went over and stayed the day with him. We dined together and talked over our boyish pastimes and adventures, and then took a walk on the Beer Head, or South

SIDMOUTH, JULY 1860 2

 

Sun. July 22 cont.- Down. We returned to tea and then walked over White Cliff towards Seaton, returning by the beach. The scenery and the colouring of the cliffs are beautiful. Did not get into my carriage till half past eight, nor arrive at home till ten.

 

Wed. July 25- An eclipse of the Sun, but the weather was so unfortunately cloudy here that not a glimpse could be got of it. It became extremely dark about a quarter before three this afternoon and that is all the indication we had of it.

 

Tue. July 31-This morning the officers and some of the non-commissioned officers of the Artillery Volunteers met Colonel Bent, of the Engineers, at Captain Smiths. Colonel Bent had been sent by the government to look out a good place for a magazine for our powder and to advise on a fit locality for practising our 24-pounders with full charges and shot. He thought their present position in the Fort Field too near the neighbouring houses. We then walked with him to the east end of the beach and over the river and up on the cliff. The cliff would possess inconveniences as being too high and all things considered, it was decided that platforms might be laid down and a magazine made between the Preventive House and the river Sid. The land is Mrs. Cornish's. The Captain is to apply to her on the subject. The government will not pay for any works unless we can get a seven year's lease certain.

SIDMOUTH, AUG. 1860 1

Wed. Aug. 1- Having recently done the six subjects for illustrating my little book on the Restoration of Sidmouth church, on stone, (or rather, on transfer paper) I am now busy about the interior views of the new parish church, on copper.

Fri. Aug. 3- At a meeting at Captain Smith's about the formation of a band for our Artillery corps. The inhabitants have subscribed some £70, which is much than I expected we should ever have got.

Sun. Aug. 5- At the pusey-ite Parish church. In the afternoon took a walk with young Creswell to the top of High Peak Hill and back. Returning home, I found a woman's pocket lying in the steep field at the beginning of the descent on the Sidmouth side of Peak Hill, near the top. There was a pair of gloves in it, a shilling, three pence, the key of her house door, a white handkerchief and some blue paper etc. I gave this collection of treasures to a cottagers wife close by, with full directions to look out for the owner returning over the hill.

Fri. Aug. 10- The Captain and myself attended at the Town Hall this evening at seven, to receive the candidates as Bandsmen. Also to examine the drums, fifes, etc. Brass fifes have been recommended by Mr. Pinney, of Exeter, now organist at Sidmouth, whom we have got for £20 per annum, as our band master. The candidates handled the drums and fifes and a pretty noise they made.

Sat. Aug. 11- Attended at the Captain's when the Bandsmen were sworn in.

Tue. Aug. 14- The papers contain the account of an accident among the Volunteer Artillerymen at Dover. Their gun burst, when two men (one being a Lieutenant) were killed and several hurt.

Thu. Aug. 16- A sudden gale of wind came on last night. Yesterday two schooners and a brig were anchored off Sidmouth, discharging coals. Two vessels rode out the storm, but the chain cable of the “Enterprise” schooner of Brixham,

SIDMOUTH, AUG. 1860 2

Thu. Aug. 16 cont.- parted between 4 and 5 this morning and she was driven on shore opposite Fore Street. There she lies high and dry.

Fri. Aug. 17- As the schooner was leaning outwards towards the sea, ropes were fastened to her mainmast and when the tide rose, they tried to drag her over. The strain, however, broke the mast clean off.

Sat. Aug. 18- The schooner is abandoned to her fate. The weather is so boisterous and she has become so leaky, that little hopes now remain of doing anything to save her.

Mon. Aug. 20- Finished engraving on copper the plate representing the east and west interior views of the parish church, destined for my little book on the restorations.

SIDMOUTH, SEPT. 1860 1

Sat. Sept. 1- Finished engraving, all but a few touches, the plate representing the west end of the church , with the organ.

Mon. Sept. 3- At our drill drill this evening, we fired ten rounds out of the great guns,and six out of the carbines. Also marched past in slow and quick time.

Wed. Sept. 5- Attended at the Captain's, to investigate a case of assault, in which our Drill Sergeant's name was implicated - he being near the woman who was struck and did not interfere to protect her. Afterwards , we drove to Sidmouth to see the woman and then to Cotford and saw Mr. Bailey the magistrate.

Fri. Sept. 7- Fine warm weather at last. The wrecked schooner was sold today. Went down to the beach to see. Her hull fetched £60. The sails, rigging and stores were afterwards disposed of in various lots. I suppose it will be impossible ever to float her off, for there are great holes in her bottom through which the boys are creeping in and out all day long. This evening the Captain of our Artillery Corps called on me to say that Mr. Ede, the First Lieutenant was desirous of retiring from the Corps – and that Mr. J.G.Radford was desirous of joining.

Mon. Sept. 10- I have allowed Mr. Radford to step over my head and be made First Lieutenant, I continuing Second. We announced to the men at drill this evening.

Wed. Sept. 12- Some new difficulties have arisen about our church works, especially concerning the Queen's window and the Earl of Buckingham's organ, detailed in my book about the church. I called on the Earl on the subject. He was twice at my house afterwards during the day about it.

Fri. Sept.14- The Earl was twice at my house about it today.

Sat. Sept. 15- I had a long interview with the Earl at Richmoud Lodge about the same subject.

Mon. Sept. 17- Having received a letter from the E. I was an hour with him this afternoon. Also an hour with Dr. Newman.

SIDMOUTH,HONITON,SALISBURY,SOUTHAMPTON, COWES. SEPT. 1860 2

Tue. Sept. 18- The E. was with me an hour this morning in the Old Chancel.

Wed. Sept.19- Left Sidmouth for Osborne House, Isle of Wight, where the Queen is staying for a few days, having with me a memorandum referring to some curious proceedings about our church, from the E., which Her Majesty ought to know. Up at half past five – breakfast at six – and on the coach at half past six for Honiton. Took the new line of rail recently opened, from Honiton, via Sherborne, to Salisbury and Southamton. Got immediately into a steamer and arrived at Cowes about 3 P.M. At the Hotel I immediately changed my dress to my uniform and found the use of it. Sentries presented arms and the Queen's gate keeper threw the portal open wide as he saw me approach. As I walked through the Park, a pony carriage with a girl of six or eight years old in it, led by a groom in the Royal livery, crossed the road about 100 yards ahead of me. It was one of the little princesses. Osborne House is in a plain Italian style. When the Queen bought the property of Lady...........some years ago, the old house was pulled down and the present one built. The Park is nearly the same as before,with some improvements, but several farms have been bought near to it, so that the estate now amounts, as I was told, to nearly 7000 acres. My uniform had the same effect at the house. The footman did not wait till I had knocked. I had a long talk with Major Elphinstone, tutor to Prince Arthur, and I am to call again tomorrow. Returned to West Cowes and got something to eat and drink, for I now had a right to feel hungry, having had nothing for exactly twelve hours and travelled a few miles into the bargain.

COWES, SEPT. 1860 3

Thu. Sept. 20- Fine morning. At eleven girt on my sword and walked out again. Was nearly an hour with Major Elphinstone (whose father and family reside near Sidmouth) and pen, ink and paper, having been brought to me by one of the footmen, I wrote a note to Col.The Hon. Sir Charles Phipps, HerMajesty's Secretary, enclosing the petition to the Queen, which I had brought with me. The prayer of the petition asks for enquiry into some of our church matters and I was informed that it would be acted upon. Having therefore performed the objects of my mission, I prepared to return. Awaiting the steamboat, I took a walk about Cowes and admired the many pretty yachts on the water. Left Cowes at six, steamed past Calshot Castle and arrived at Southampton about half past seven.

Fri. Sept. 21- Having slept at Southampton, I took the rail at 9 A.M. I recognized Sir John Bowring at the station. He had been giving some lectures at Southampton. I returned by the same route, via Salisbury and yeovil, to honiton. On the Sidmouth coach I rode over the hill, but got down short of Sidmouth and quietly reported myself to the Earl of Buckinghamshire, as having returned. I then walked home.

Sat. Sept. 22- The Earl surprised me at 10 this morning, to talk over my resent mission and arrange future plans. The Rev. H. Gibbs, incumbent of All Saints, likewise was with me, the Earl having admitted him into his confidence. My other book, on the Restoration of Sidmouth Church, contains some other particulars about this business.

Thu. Sept. 27- The Earl has just given me two or three things to put in my Old Chancel – a great mass of petrified moss, two stuffed birds, Ruffs and some coins, piece of magnetic iron etc.

SIDMOUTH, OCT. 1860 1

Tue. Oct. 9- Went in full dress uniform with Mr. Pullin, Hon. Surgeon to the Artillery Corps, and Sergeant Searle, in a carriage to Exeter. The Captain being in another carriage close to us and there took the rail at 9-40 A.M. To go down to Newton to witness the Rifle Match. When Earl Fortescue, the the Lord Lieutenant arrived, bringing with him many nobles and gentles, we all proceeded to “The Decoy”, where the shooting took place. The Grand Duke Michael of Russia, brother of the Emperor (now staying at Torquay) was there. Proceeded to Dawlish, where I slept- at Belmont Villa.

Wed. Oct. 10- Miserably rainy day.

Thu. Oct. 11- Not much better. Would not go to Newton.

Fri. Oct. 12- Weather so uninviting, I resolved not to go to Newton to see the termination of the shooting today. Took a trip to Teignmouth. Met the Cresswells and we had a geological walk between Teignmouth and Newton, to examine the igneous rock that here develops.

Sat. Oct. 13- Returned from Dawlish to Sidmouth. Daniels transferred my bees from their old straw hive to a new wooden hive or box. Went to Budleigh Salterton with Captain Smith and the Drill Sergeant to see some shot and shell practice with a detachment of the Woodbury Corps,with their 18 pounders. The practice was very good. SIDMOUTH, NOV. 1860 1

Fri. Nov. 9- Prince of Wales's Birthday. We Artillery men had a gay day- marched to the field- fired 21 guns- marched away, headed by our band- dined together at the London Hotel. We sat down, nearly 100 in number and had a very agreeable evening.

Wed. Nov. 14- Today the Drill Sergeant was giving me my lesson in sword exercise and we were cutting away pretty hard, when my sword snapped in two in the middle.

SIDMOUTH, DEC. 1860 1

Tue. Dec. 11- Walked with the Captain and Drill Sergeant to the proposed (inconvenient) site for a practicing Battery, along the beach to the dip between Peak and High Hills. Met Mr. Coleridge, Agent for the Hon. Mark Rolle there.

Sun. Dec. 23- Went to the funeral of J. Rounceval, one of our men, whom we buried at Sidbury with military honours. [See Harvey's Directory for January and Perry's]

Tue. Dec. 25- Christmas Day. A strong north-east wind and very cold. The Artillery Battery went to the Parish Church in uniform. The church was miserably cold.

Fri. Dec. 28- I had a small party at home.

HERE ENDS 1860


< Go back to the previous page

Contact Us

East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

Email : info@eastdevonaonb.org.uk


Subscribe to our e-newsletter

Follow Us:twitter logo

'In the Footsteps of Peter Orlando Hutchinson' outputs

An introductory leaflet to 'In the Footsteps of Peter Orlando Hutchinson' (pdf)

A summary of our Peter Orlando Hutchinson Year 1 achievements (pdf)

About 'In the Footsteps of Peter Orlando Hutchinson'

In the Footsteps of Peter Orlando Hutchinson (2010-2013) has been delivered by the East Devon AONB Partnership on behalf of and with the financial support of Defra, Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (Your Heritage) and the Sid Vale Association's Keith Owen Trust Fund.

Phil Planel is your first point of contact for this cultural and historic landscapes project.

Find out more >