Sunday, 3 March 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 1st to the 15th June 1868

My great great great uncle John Bayliff Bowman lived at Summer Hill, near Monyash in the County of Derby.
The Bowman family, who were Quakers, had three farms, One Ash Grange [which John Bayliff Bowman often referred to as O.A.], Cales and Summer Hill [which he usually referred to as S.Hill or S.H.]
JBB's Farm Journal

A Farm Journal continues :~
6 Mo[nth] 2 day 1st Very fine hot day B[akewe]ll Fair but slender show of all sorts bo[ugh]t 20 store pigs of  Ward of Derby 27/6 & 36/- but they have the tick - we have been careful & dusted the places with McDougalls disinfectant & the cows have escaped so far the pigs are hearty but very lame
3 - 2 Ditto weather tho cloudy at times home hoeing swedes
4 - 3 ditto ditto club feast men all off
5 - 4 Ditto to Ashford to tea doing gaps up etc
6 - 5 Ditto to Middleton oldest reared calf dead at Cales
7 - 6 Ditto Fine 7 hogs & lambs cut & put in Fern dale - 4 more hogs to lamb & 4 lambed & lambs died from want of assistance or not foundering they should be sat up with as the lambs if small & weak or the hog will will not get to the pap - Middleton cow calved - the last calver except a sturk
1 - 7 Fine
2 - 8 Ditto B[akewe]ll market bo[ugh]t 9 more pigs finish[e]d doing gaps up began thinning the swedes
3 - 9 Ditto Ditto work all week sheared a few sheep & sold 2 fat ones 42/- each - hog with maggots sheared
2 - 15 Beautiful fine day tho' looked like thunder & rain at times - Mary Blackwell never came home last night & we hear that she is going off with Jim Green to be married wash day too so we are left in the lurch again - sold 2 fat sheep 38/- Irishman thinning turnips in Farpiece @ 10/- p[e]r ac[re]  


  1. I guess going before wash day made sense to Mary, it always looks hard work to me,I hope she made the right decision.Ann

    1. Yes, it does make you wonder what became of Mary ... and Jim. I dare say it must have created quite a rumpus ... her running off. I wonder whether the diary will tell us any more.

    2. Having searched on the website there appears to be no sign of a marriage of 'Mary Blackwell' to 'James Green' ...

  2. Can you throw any light on "club feast men all off" ?

    1. Good question ... I should think the club might have been something that the men paid into to perhaps give them an income if they were ill ... but could they afford to then pay for a dinner [or feast] ? Whatever it was the men all had the day off by the sounds of things,

  3. Charlie I looked on bmd web and it said they were married in Sheffield that year.Ann

    1. Thanks for that Ann ... I wonder if they stayed together. I have a black and white photograph somewhere of one of the milk maids ... I think it might have been Mary. If only I could find it !

  4. I had to look up sturk/stirk and find we would say just bull or if a cow that had calved, or were spayed, a heiferette. "doing the gaps up" would be ??? I am guessing fence gaps or stone wall crumbles. Mary would have caused a stir. How scandalous and fodder for months in an era before radio.

    1. The gaps would be gaps in the walls [possibly fences but less likely]. Yes, Mary's elopement would have created quite a stir ... I wonder what happened with her and Jim in the years to come.

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