Sunday, 17 November 2013

A Farm Journal ~ from the 19th July to the 1st August 1870

My great great great uncle John Bayliff Bowman lived at Summer Hill, near Monyash in the County of Derby, until the end of January 1870 when he moved to Sandycroft Farm, Queensferry, Flintshire.

The Bowman family, who were Quakers, had rented 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 :~
There is no entry for the 18th July 1870
3 - 19 Fine cut[tin]g hedges B & RA & child[re]n came
4 - 20 Ditto Self to Chester meet[in]g met Josiah Thompson Thomas Swithenbank & Mark Leicester about rep[resentin]g Chester meet[in]g house etc - mason altering flues of boiler
5 - 21 Dry BB & Vernie left Mason here fetched 4 more stoups [sic] dipped Ewes & lambs - thatching etc
6 - 22 Fine at turnips
7 - 23 Ditto cut round oats but thought them too green so left them - at turnips again horse & hand hoed
No entry for the 24th July 1870
2 day 25 Fetched 4 more stoops at turnips
3 - 26 Ditto
4 - 27 Began to cut oats men had 2 q[uar]t[e]r[s] beer p[e]r day mach[i]ne works well takes from 8 to 12 men to tie according to crop
5 - 28 Fin[ishe]d oats & set up - raking stubble with horse rake
6 - 29 began to cut wheat No 11
7 - 30 Ditto field cut most & set up - had 6 foundry men in aft[erno]n p[ai]d 2/6 ea[ch] with bag to 8pm & also had 2 men from the line to help at 4pm - 22 men in all
1 - 31 Showery
2 - 1st 8 Mo[nth] fine Fin[ishe]d No 11 & set up also cut No 5


  1. He seems to have numbers instead of names for his fields,not as interesting as the old farm. He is employing plenty of part-time workers which would be a good help for families.Ann.

  2. A lot of hard work ... I do enjoy it when he includes mention of the church.

  3. He seems to be employing a lot of additional men during this season.