Friday, 26 April 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 17th to the 31st October 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.]

John Bayliff Bowman is fourth from the left in the photo below ...
The Bowman family

There were no entries for the 14th, 15th and 16th October 1868.

 A Farm Journal continues :~
17th sold Jas Critchlow 4 Norfolk sows £4 15/- each

1 - 18 Very hard white frost

2 - 19 Ditto snow[e]d a little - sold Mountney L - 7 fat sheep 35/6 3/- again finish[in]g pudding pie in Mossfield plough[in]g fallows etc make 1 cheese a day at each place

3 - 20 Showery weather plough[in]g fill[e]d Kiln in Mossfield cut thistles in N[ethe]r Intake etc

5th - 22 Fine self to Wingfield to look hogs all well & on to Wessington Hay to look at an estate there 50 ac[res] on to Nott[ingha]m even[in]g to Lindhurst in morn[in]g to see about leying cattle & to Nott[ingha]m home on 

7th - 24 Very wet & desperate windy

2 - 26 Fine B[akewe]ll market very full of all sorts beef best sells well to 8/6 or 9/- Mutt[on] d6 - stone stirk only saleable at very low figures

3 - 27 blustery hail & rain at times

4 - 28  5 -29  6 - 30 Showery day Old Haven Fair cattle & sheep very low - ewes £1 each lambs sold pretty well 18/- to 22/-

6 - 30 Self took 4 tup lambs sold 23/- each 

7 - 31 Showery got Moss field Kiln out in Pewet Knobs  


  1. It amazes me how much he travelled in those days.What would he have done if he'd had a car.The weather sounds cold even for October.Ann

    1. It is surprising isn't it Ann. It would have been quieter on the roads of course but I dare say the railways were busy-ish ... and as we have seen before he seems to have taken advantage of them. Yes, some snow in October ...

  2. Love it Charlie, such a treasure you have.

    1. Glad you like it Piccola ... there are still a few more years to learn about.