Friday, 10 May 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 1st to the 15th December 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

 A Farm Journal continues :~
12 Mo[nth] Cold raw day Co[u]s[in] H[enr]y Bowman here sold him 5 barren cows for £55 - got a truck of grains in at  6 1/2 p[e]r bush[e]l from Ind Coope & Co* 3 - 1 

4 - 2 Fine day but dull self to Chest[er]f[iel]d M[onthly] M[eeting] & back - small meeting - Eliz Hopkins Jos Bottomley

5 - 3 -
6 - 4 Very wet day took l[oa]d of Swedes down to Pheasey Bakewell at 1/6
[No entries for two days]
2 - 7 Fine day B[akewe]ll Market took 35 fat sheep down sold to Septm** Press @ 35/- 15/- less for 1 - to Station to meet L.A.Fisher from Deptford who comes as our head nurse
3 - 8 Showery Sold J.Critchlow 6 fat pigs  £21 - 10/- sold Etches Cales Cheese 72/- H[enr]y's beasts to Middleton to go in morn[in]g by rail fr[om] Rowsley - sold W[illia]m 5 Heifers & bo[ugh]t 2 cows of [sic] him
4 - 9 Fine day S.A. & I nurse & family to Middleton to dine met Meggy from B[akewe]ll
5 - 10 Fine fair Windy day (Killed ewe for selves) finish[e]d cut[tin]g Head[in]g Swedes to Cales began pitting all that were worth of the corn turnips in Watricle plough[in]g ley in Over Intake - sheep have cotton cake - showery time
[No entries for three days]
2 - 14 Very wet day to Millers dale with milk & on to Litton Rob[er]t Bramwell*** about some sturks & cow he sent here - home & weighed cheese at Cales for Etches 19 cwt 72/-
3 - 15 Cheese to Station Fine day at Cales got cake breaker ready for work & had Little Stones up etc.

 * In 1868 Ind Coope was a brewery based in Burton-upon-Trent some 30 miles south of Monyash

** I can't quite decipher the 'Septm' written to JBB. It's more of a 'Sept' with a smaller 'm', 'n' or 'r' behind and slightly above.

*** This would presumably have been the Robert Bramwell who was 55 years of age in the 1871. At that time he was a farmer of 20 acres. His wife was 35 year old Hannah. They had both been born in Litton. In 1871 five children are listed ~ Thomas [13], James [9], Ann [6], Hannah [4] and George [1].


  1. Sorry about the fact that some of the lines are crunched together. They should have been spaced properly ! I blame Blogger.

  2. Septimus Press?

    1. I wondered about that ... I think you could be right.

  3. Seems to be lots going on at the farm,Pheasey was the name of our milk lorry company so a good local name.Anonymous is probable right as there was a Septimus Press at Tideswell.Ann

    1. It does seem a busy time doesn't it ... and all without telephones and the Internet. Yes,Pheasey is a local name ... as for Septimus Press [what a marvellous name] and I dare say you're right Ann. I did a Search in the Census Returns but didn't find anything for some reason.

  4. Are Ind Coope still around today? I know they were in my younger days, I distinctly remember their brand.

    1. I don't think Ind Coope are still around Mitch. I think they were swallowed up [sorry !] by one of the other breweries. I certainly remember seeing Ind Coope around a lot in my younger days.