Sunday, 18 August 2013

A Farm Journal ~ 21st to the 30th October 1869 ...

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 :~
5 - 21 Fine but cold U & A[unt] W[ilson] to Ashford & S.A. at Kiln etc & ditto weather
[no entries for the 22nd, 23rd or 24th October 1869]
2 - 25 Fine but cold N wind sold S H cheese to Orr 70/-
3 - 26 very hard frost
4 - 27 Ditto bitter cold Chas Young & Geo Wallwin* to weigh swedes & corn. turnips for prize
5 - 28 Ditto weather to Ashford to dine & bro[ugh]t U[ncle] & A[unt] Wilson home
6 - 29 Fine frosty day W.N. fin[ished] Kiln Moss field & lit
7 - 30 Fine but no frost W.N. began to cut swedes & pit corn turnips in Ridge piece - Haven Fair beast sold well & sheep too slender show - foals 10 to 12£ 
* This may have been the George Wallwin who would have been 36 years of age or thereabouts in 1869. In the 1871 Census Return he was 38 and lived at Ashford Millhouse and was described as a farmer and corn miller. He had been born in Elton and lived with his wife, Hannah, who was ten years younger and had been born in Bakewell. Also in the Millhouse at the time of the Census was his daughter, Elizabeth, aged 2 years of age. They had a 19 year old General Servant, Clara Marples, who had been born in Bakewell, and a farm labourer, Luke Burn, who was 44 and married, and who had been born in Roscommon, Ireland. There is no mention of his wife and/or children.
Any reader who knows the area may be interested to read that ten years later in 1881 George Wallwin farmed 600 acres at Meadowplace and they had five children [including Elizabeth]. They also had five servants/farm workers, one of whom was Isaac Spencer from Over Haddon who was described as a sheppard !


  1. Ironic to think that you can buy a full grown horse at a sale for £10-£12 these days, never mind a foal. I should think at a lot of sales, foals of no particular parentage are probably 5 for £10.

    1. That is quite amazing Jenny ... I should think John Bayliff Bowman would be surprised too. I suppose horses were more 'important' then.

  2. Sounds like winter was starting to set in early.

    1. It does rather ... but you never know. These farm journal entries can sometimes surprise [not that I've been reading ahead I hasten to mention].

  3. Interesting to read about George Wallwin,the family have been in the village of Over Haddon as long as I can remember,I think it was probably his grandson Herbert who was the gamekeeper in the dale for many years.Ann

    1. I thought you might be particularly interested Ann. Wallwin is certainly a name I was aware of ...