Robert Thorne, Surgeon
Robert Thorne, (1743-1820)
Mattishall and the roll he played in the 'Life & Times'
of Parson James Woodforde (1740-1803)
James Woodforde (1740–1803) was an English
clergyman, known as the author of The Diary of a Country
Parson. This vivid account of parish life remained unpublished
until the 20th century. - Doctor Thorne was not only Woodforde's
personal doctor but also a very close friend - It is not clear
how Robert and Woodforde became acquainted as the two villages
are about 6 miles apart and travel then,would either have been
by horse or on foot, although we see in Woodforde's Diaries
this appeared not to be such a problem - One theory is - Robert
was born in Weston Longville and his family, were at that time,
heavily involved in the village, although no evidence has been
found to say how! - We do know the THORNE'S had a family vault
in the churchyard (long disappeared) as Woodforde mentions it
in his diaries, to where many of the THORNE'S were returned
to be buried. - Another theory could have been recommendation,
as it appears Robert was known to many local prominent families
- Then there is the matter of Small-Pox which at this time was
rife in the area and Robert was known for his immunization method
and it is for this Doctor Robert Thorne first appears
in Woodforde's diary on November 3rd 1776.
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At the bottom of this page is Robert's family profile and BMD
records - for a quick link click HERE
Below are transcriptions of entries taken from
the (Edited) books of John Beresford where Doctor Robert,
his wife, two daughters Hannah and Mary Anne and other close
menbers of his family are mentioned - there is rather a lot....
Please keep in mind spelling was a little different then.
The below first six entries
refer to EDWARD THORNE (cabinet maker) who was
very likely the cousin of DOCTOR ROBERT THORNE
Date unknown - Had a Waggon Load of Goods brought me from
Norwich this morning, MR THORNE the Cabinet Maker
came with them and he dined &c spent the afternoon with us
- All my things left at the Kings Head at Norwich by me were brought
home in the above Waggon and with them the following Goods of
MR THORNE’S with their Prices. To a very
handsome Mohogany Wardrobe - £9 9s 0d. To a Ditto - new
Mohogany dressing Chest - £3 13s 6d. To a Do. Swing dressing
Glass with Drawers – £1 11s 6d. To a round Mohogany
Table - £1 7s 6d. To a Mohogany Bason Stand – 10s
6d. To Do. - Tea Chest – 7s. Everything came safe but the
Glass Drawers which broke Paid THORNE this Afternoon
for his Goods - £17. - Further trade with Woodforde followed:
- EDWARD THORNE was recommended
to James Woodforde by his upholsterer, William Brooke.
1776: Aug 2nd -
Had a Mohogany Beaurou & Book-Case, with some new Mohogany
Chairs & a Voider & cheese-plate of Mohogany brought from
MR THORNE’S of Norwich to day & he
came with them & he dined & spent the Afternoon with us
- Gave the Waggoner a Dinner and – 1s.
1776: Sep 27th - Mr. Leverington, Partner
with MR. THORNE came to my House this morning
to put up the multiplying Wheel to my Jack &c. and he dined
& spent the Afternoon but made no stay – MR
THORNE’S Man breakfasted, dined, supped 8c slept
1776: Sep 28th – MR THORNE’S
Man finished about noon, could not stay to Dinner – I gave
him going away – 1s 6d.
1776: Oct 22nd - Mr. Leverington, Partner
with THORNE called on me this morning to Dunn
me for some Money, but could not afford to let him have any, however
I promised to let him have 10 Pounds on Friday next - Mr. Leverington,
dined & spent the Afternoon with us.
1776: Oct 25th - Paid MR THORNE
a part of a Bill at Norwich - £10.
1776: Nov 1st - I breakfasted, dined, supped
& slept again at home - Bill breakfasted, dined, supped &
slept again at Weston – DOCTOR THORNE of
Mattishall called on me this morning about inoculating my Servant
Man Ben: Legate, and my little Boy Jack Warton - they are to be
inoculated by him on Sunday or Monday next - and to be in my House.
- Missing entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne (The
Parson Woodforde Society)
1776: Nov 3rd - I breakfasted, dined, supped
& slept again at home - Bill breakfasted, dined, supped &
slept again at Weston -To Cantrells Man for bringing some Wine
gave - No Service again today at Weston Church, the Church not
being near finished yet -This Morning about 11 o'clock DOCTOR
THORNE of Mattishall came to my House and inoculated
my two Servants Ben Legate and little Jack Warton, and in the
following Manner – Ben, is about 25 Years old - Jack about
9 - The DOCTOR took out of his Pocket a small
[phial] where the Matter was contained in Cotton Thread, they
both present, and no Handkerchief or anything else over the Faces
during the whole Time, they then each stripped, and the DOCTOR
taking a small bit of the Cotton Thread saturated with Matter
between his Left hand Finger & Thumb, with the Launcet in
his other hand, he then dipt the Point of the Launcett in a Tea
Cup of warm Water, then rubbed the Launcett in the Cotton Thread,
and with the Point of Launcett made two Dotts like this : about
two Inches apart in each of their Arms, dipping now & then
his Launcett in Water & then with the Cotton thread, scarce
to be felt or to draw blood, they then stood with their Arms exposed
to the cold Air for about 3 Minutes, till almost dried up: the
Matter took effect almost instantaneously, and plain to be seen,
the Place when the Dots were made a little above the other Flesh
like a small sting of a Nettle. - No Plaister or anything else
whatever put to their arms afterwards Lemon and Water, or Imperial
Water thus made. - Take Cream of Tartar one Ounce, Sugar four
Ounces; the Peel of one Lemon, and mix them in one Gallon of boiling
Water: abstaining from all spiritous, Vinous, and Malt Liquors.*
- Moderate Exercise withall is necessary. N.B. The Mony to be
paid on the Day of Inoculation. Pray God my People & all others
in the Small Pox may do well, several Houses have got the Small-Pox
at present in Weston 0 Lord send thy Blessing of Health on them
all. - * The recommended diet was designed to minimise reaction
to the inoculation. - Missing entry
kindly supplied by Martin Brayne (The Parson Woodforde
1776: Nov 4th - I breakfasted, dined, supped
& slept again at home - Bill breakfasted, dined, supped &
slept again at Weston -My Inoculating Folks took their Salts very
well this morning and drank well of Water Gruel - The Physic last
Night made them rather restless in the Night - They had for breakfast,
small Tea & dry Toast -Ben was very bad in the Night he informed
me -The Physic worked them four Times each -They had for Dinner
Norfolk Dumplins & Vinegar Sauce and Potatoes also, and they
eat very hearty -Gave my Brewers Man that brought some Beer -
Molly made me very angry this morning, so angry that I gave her
Warning to go away at Christmas - My inoculated People had for
Supper Rice Milk,* and I am afraid Molly put some Eggs into the
same, I had a pint of the same, I am astonished at her –
* Milk boiled and thickened with rice.
They were allowed to make a good Meat Dinner,
& then to take their Leave of Meat for some Time - They accordingly
made a good Dinner on a Loin & Veal today which we had for
Dinner - For Supper they had Honey spread upon bread and their
drink was Toast and Water. - Just before they went to bed, they
each took a Powder of Calamine in the Pulp of a roasted Apple.
- Ben's Powder weighed 17 Grains which I weighed in my Mony Scales,
and Jacks was 14. Grains. - I then took their Papers of Salts
and poured some boiling Water on the same, and gave it them to
take early to Morrow Morning, charging them to drink plentifully
of Water Gruel,* about an Hour after to Morrow Bens Paper of Salts
weighed 19. Pennyweights - Jacks Paper of Salts - weighed - 9
Pennyweights and ½ - The undermentioned is a Copy of DOCTOR
THORNE’S printed directions for his Patients to
follow invariably - * Acid food made by boiling oatmeal in water.
Take one of the Papers of Powders at Bed-time,
in the Pulp of a roasted Apple, or any Jelly; and next
morning a Dose of Salts dissolved in a little boiling
Water, drinking plentifully of Water Gruel, Cheese Whey,
or small Tea, as they works; (taking care of Cold) in
like manner, the other Powders &. Salts are to be
taken, omitting two or three Days between each Dose –
The Diet for Breakfast,
Tea or Coffee with dry Toast, or ordinary Cake, RIce Milk,
Milk Gruel, Flat Milk, Honey and read &c. &c.
Plumb or Plain Pudding with Vinegar Sauce which is made
by adding Sugar and Vinegar to a proper Quantity of boiled
Flower and Water: Apple pudding, Apple Pye, Rice Milk,
Frumenty,** Salt, & the Production of the Kitchen
Much the same as breakfast, eating even of these things
very sparingly; abstaining from all Flesh, Butter, Cheese,
and spiced Food; all the subacid Fruits, as Figs, Raisins,
Prunes, Apples, Pears, Gooseberries, Currants &c.
may be eaten at Pleasure, except on Physical Days. –
The Drink -- may be Toast and Water, Milk &
** wheat boiled
in milk and sweetened.
Missing entry kindly supplied by Martin
Brayne (The Parson Woodforde Society)
1776: Nov. 8th – DOCTOR THORNE
who inoculated my Servants dined and spent the afternoon with
us. I gave the Doctor for dinner a Couple of boiled Fowls and
some Pork, a boiled plumb Pudding and a fine piece of roast Beef,
roots etc. I paid the Doctor for inoculating our People 10s 6d.
I gave him also towards inoculating a poor Family 10s 6d Neighbour
Downing's children. The Doctor's price for inoculating a single
person is only 5s 3d - Ben's arms look much inflamed, much forwarder
than the Boy's, Jack complained of a Pain under his Arm tonight.
1776: Nov 12th - DOCTOR THORNE
called here to see his Patients, but did not stay long. He told
Ben that he might now live as he used to do before Inoculation
and that Jack should live low as yet. One Herring, a young Man
that has taken Rivett's Estate in Ring-land called on me just
at Dinner time, came into the Parlour which I did not like, stayed
there all the time we dined and did not go away till near 6 o'clock.
He seems a sensible man but rather too free.
1776: Nov 22nd – Bill and myself
took a walk in the afternoon to Mr Bowles, but we did not stay
long as our reception was not quite so handsome as out last visit
was. We drank on glass of wine apiece and that all. John Bowles’s
wife is under inoculation, was inoculated by one Drake a formerly
a serjeant in the Militia. He makes a deep incision in both arms
and puts a plaister over, he gives no calamile but they take salts
every day. Price 5s 3d each. Had a fine calf fall this morning
from my flaked cow. My neighbour Downing, the Father of the Children
that were lately inoculated has got the Smallpox in the natural
way and likely to have it very bad – Therefore I sent over
Harry Dunnell this evening to DOCTOR THORNE’S,
to desire him to come tomorrow and see him, which he promised.
1776: Nov 23rd - DOCTOR THORNE
came this morning to poor Downing and I went to meet him there
and saw him there. He has a great Quantity and I think will have
a difficult matter to get over it. But by the blessing of God
upon him, hope that he will do well. He is a poor labouring Man
and has a Wife and seven small children. I told the Dr that I
would see him _ _ paid, if he would assist him etc
1776: Nov. 26th – DOCTOR
THORNE came to see my neighbour Downing this morning,
and I was with him there. He desired him to let him take some
matter for Inoculation, but he was so obstinate and ungrateful
to refuse him.
|1777: Jan 19th - I slept dined and supped
and slept at home - Clerk Smith and his Wife dined at my house today
- I read prayers Preached and Buried one MR THOMAS THORNE
of Lyng age 65 this Afternoon at Weston - It was a very
decent funeral - a great many attended - I received for burying
him 10s 6d - - Missing entry kindly supplied
by Martin Brayne (The Parson Woodforde Society)
This is very likely to be THOMAS THORNE baptised
on April 26th 1713 at Little Witchingham, Norfolk, the son of ROBERT
THORNE and his wife Elizabeth - His sister ELIZABETH
THORNE had married Henry Baker a Butcher of Lyng on June
1st 1746 at Elsing, Norfolk - ELIZABETH died in
1775 and was buried on Dec 18th at Weston Longville. - Another possible
connection to DOCTOR THORNE , yet to be proven
- Will of Thomas Thorne , NRO, NCC. Will Reg Yellop no 30; Elsing
1778: Jan 8th - About 4. o'clock this
Afternoon a DOCTOR THORNE called on me to acquaint
me that his Mother is dead and to beg the favour of me to bury
her at Weston on Monday —Mrs Bowls called on me this morning
to desire me to christen his Child on Monday next—About
6. in the Evening Moon-light my Nephew & self took a Walk
down to the River with our Gunns after Ducks but could not cock
at any of them —We returned about 9. o'clock & quite
tired. - Missing entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne
(The Parson Woodforde Society)
DOCTOR THORNE'S father's died in 1748
- his mother remarried on Dec 24th 1751 to George Barton
a widower and a considerable farmer. We assume it is with George's
help ROBERT was educated and apprenticed to a medical practitioner.
1778: Jan 12th - We breakfasted, dined,
supped & slept again at home - I churched Mrs Bowles this
morning at Weston Church and afterwards chrigtned her Child publickly
- For churching Mrs Bowles recd 6d. - I buried MRS BARTON
this Afternoon at Weston - I had a Silk-Hatband & a pr. of
Beaver Gloves She lived at little Walsingham and was Mother to
DOCTOR THORNE of Mattishall DOCTOR THORNE'S
Wife & many other genteel Folks attended at her Funeral
- She was brought in a Hearse & 2. Poet Chaises after it —I
was called from Dinner to bury her. - Missing entry kindly
supplied by Martin Brayne (The Parson Woodforde Society)
Little Walsingham is about 20 miles
from Weston Longville - This would have been an expensive journey
even in those times.
1778: May 23rd - "DOCTOR THORNE
called on me this morning and brought me in a Bill for curing
Downing of the small Pox, £1 16s 6d - and which I directly
paid him - tho' great - and also I thought that the Parish had
paid him for it - He paid me his Fee for burying his Mother, 10s
6d. - Missing entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne
(The Parson Woodforde Society)
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1781: Jan. 16th - Betsy Davy very bad
indeed today, was obliged to be brought down stairs about noon,
but could not sit up long being in such violent Pain in her right
knee and left Foot, something like the Gout. The Pain was so great
towards the Evening that she cried incessantly. Betty [the Maid]
sat up with her all night as she was so ill. It alarmed me much
and the more so, as we had sent in the morning to her Mama, to
let her know that she was better, which she was till she was had
up. Nancy and myself sat up in the Study all the night long as
she was so ill, and we thought her very dangerously so. We amused
ourselves most of the night by playing Cribbage. [Next day Betsy's
Mama and DOCTOR THORNE are sent for, physic administered,
etc., and in a few days Betsy is better.]
1781: Oct 5. I breakfasted, dined, supped
and slept again at home. Nancy breakfasted, dined etc. here again.
Mr. Charles Townshend of Honingham called on me this morning about
11 o'clock and walked round my gardens with me, and afterwards
came in and sat with us about half an hour, and then retired.
He caught me ' on the hop, busy in my garden, and dressed in my
cotton morning gown, old Wigg and Hat. Soon after Mr. Townshend
left us, DOCTOR THORNE of Mattishall made us
a visit, walked about the garden, eat some grapes, and after spending
half an Hour with us in my Study, he went away.
1781: Nov. 17th - Will had from DOCTOR
THORNE'S for his complaint (Will informed me he was ill
in the Venereal Way) some Salts and some Pills. He took a dose
of Salts yesterday morning and this evening took one Pill and
is to take one every night till he has taken 8 and then to take
another dose of salts. DR THORNE says that his
complaint is nothing very bad and will do well soon.
|1782: Feb 12th - I breakfasted, dined, supped
and slept again at home. Nancy breakfasted. dined &c. here again.
At 10 o'clock this morning took a walk to Hockering to attend poor
Mrs. Howes's Funeral there today. The Snow was very deep in some
Places as I went. My Man Will went with me - We got to Mrs. Howes
before 11 and there met Mr. Shelford senr., Mr. Du Chicane, Mr.
Priest senior of Reepham, Mr. Potter of Scarning, Mr. Bodham, Mr.
Smith. DOCTOR THORNE and Mr. Priest of Norwich.
I found all the Clergy in gowns and some in Cassocks also—I
did not carry my gown. as I did not know whether or not the Clergy
appeared in them--I borrowed one however, of Mr. Bowes and likewise
a Band. Before we went to Church there was Chocolate and Toast and
Cake with red Wine and white. At half past 11 o’clock we went
to Church with the Corpse in the following Procession. The corpse
first in a hearse and Pair of Horse, then followed six Chaises,
in the first which was Du Quesnes went Du Quesnes and DOCTOR
THORNE in the second which was Mr. Shelfords went Mr. Shelford
and Mr. Smith, in the third which was Mr. Priests, went Mr. Priest
and myself, in the fourth which was one from Dereham, went Mr. Potter
and Mr. Bodham, in the fifth which was from Norwich went Mr. Priest
of Norwich and a Mr Forster the Undertaker, in the sixth which was
Mr. Howes's, went Mrs. Howes's two Servant Maids in deep mourning.
The Underbearers and Servants all in Hatbands black closed the Procession
and a handsome appearance the whole Procession made - we returned
to Mr. Howes's in the same manner as We went from it to Church—Mr.
Du Quesne buried her—The Pall-Bearers were Mr. Shelford, Mr.
Priest, Mr. Potter, Mr. Bodham, Mr. Smith and myself—we had
all black Hatbands and Gloves, but they were white. Poor Mrs. Howes
if she had lived till to Morrow which was her birth Day—she
would have been 69 Years. It was as decent, neat, handsome Funeral
as I ever saw and everything conducted in the best manner - and
by its being so I conclude that it was Mrs. Davy's good management.
Mr. Howes, Mrs. Davy &c. kept above stairs all the Time - They
desired me to walk up to them which I did after the Funeral, but
did not stay long with them found them low and left them so. After
our return from Church we had Cake and Wine and Chocolate and dried
Toast carried round. My Servant and all Servants that attended and
all the drivers all had Hatbands and gloves given to them. We walked
back again and got home about half past 2 o'clock—and a bitter
cold walk we had back, the wind in our Faces and it snowed most
of the way, which was beat in our Face. We walked over France Green
and by Hockering Park House.
1783: April 17th - Mrs Custance and Mrs
Goodall with her made us a morning Visit—stayed with us
about half an Hour. As soon almost as they were gone Mr Custance
called on us, and stayed with us near about the same time. Nancy
took a Vomit this Evening just before she went to bed by order
of DOCTOR THORNE who sent it. Mr Pyle (whose
men are at work for me) dined with our folks.
1783: April 30th - About 1 o'clock took
a ride to Mr Smiths at Mattishall and there dined and spent the
Afternoon, it being his Rotation Day, with him, Mr and Mrs Bodham,
Miss Bodham, a Miss Kitty Johnson, Niece of Mrs Bodham’s,
Mr. and Mrs. Howes, and M' Du Quesne. - Mrs. Davy not there but
at Dereham, on account of a little Miff between her and M' Smith
- but what, we know not. We had for Dinner a Leg of lamb boiled,
a Piece of roasted Beef, a baked plumb Pudding, some Crabbs, Tarts,
Rasberry Creams, and hung Beef, grated. I called on DOCTOR
THORNE before Dinner, saw his Wife, Garden and House—all
very neat indeed but small.
1783: May 5th - Nancy quite ill this morning
by the Wind in her stomach - It is unlucky as she is going out.
DOCTOR THORNE called here this Morning about
12 o'clock but did not see Nancy as she was dressing to go out.
DOCYOR THORNE bled my Servant William, this morning
as he often complains of a giddiness in his head. - He had also
some Powders to take for a Day or two.
1783: May 14th - Was a great deal better this morning—thank
God. DOCTOR THORNE came here about Noon—hut
did not think proper to bleed me for my Complaint—He will
send me a Vomit to take this Evening 8ce. In the Afternoon sent
Will to Mattishall after the above. About ½ past 9 this
Evening I took the Emetic Powder in a tea-cup of warm water -
it did not take any Effect till very near half an Hour after,
and then it operated by very little after the first straining.
I took a little warm red Wine and Water after it and went to bed.
1783: Aug 9th - My Boy still very bad tho' not so bad as yesterday.
My Under Maid Lizzy Graves taken very ill also in the Fever. I
sent this morning early for DOCTOR THORNE and
he came here about 11 o'clock and he examined them and in the
Evening they arc to have some things from him to rake. I took
a ride Back with MR THORNE to Mattishall called
at the House where Mrs. Davy is going to board but she was not
there. I called then on Mr. Smith who pressed me to dine with
him, but I could not promise as I was going to Mr. Bodham’s
– I called then at Mr. Bodham and there dined and spent
part of the Afternoon with him and Mrs. Bodham. We had a Harvest
Dinner a Rump of Beef roasted and a plumb Pudding. Mr. Bodham
finished carrying his Wheat this day. From Mr. Bodham’s
I went about 4 o'clock to Du Quesnes House and there met Nancy
by appointment. I had not been there long before I rode to Honingham
Church and there buried Miss Harriet Townshend about a year and
a Quarter old, the youngest Daughter of Charles Townshend, Esq.
- She was brought in a mourning Coach and four Horses—with
3 Servant Maids dressed in black Hoods &c. &c. There were
4 Pall-bearers all old Men and his Tenants who had white Gloves
and white silk Scarfs. I had also the same and nothing else. She
was buried in the Chancel. It was a very handsome Coffin. I rode
back from Honingham Church to Du Quesnes and there drank Tea with
Nancy, and after that Nancy and self, returned home to Weston
about 8. o'clock. We found both of our sick Servants gone to bed
and very ill. I had them both up and to each gave a Vomit alit.
10 o'clock and then sent them back to bed after it had done working.
They were both very feverish and very ill.
1783: Aug 9th - My Boy still very bad tho’ not so
bad as yesterday. My Under Maid Lizzy Greaves taken very ill also
in the Fever. I sent this morning early for DOCTOR THORNE
and he came here about 11 o’clock and he examined them and
in the Evening they are to have some things from him to take …(
that evening:] We found both our sick Servants had gone to bed
and very ill. I had them both up and to each gave a Vomit abt.
10 o’clock and then sent them back to bed after it had done
working. They were both very feverish and very ill. - taken
from the internet http://www.johnhearfield.com/History/Woodforde.htm
1783: August 12th - Both my ill servant a good deal better
today in the Morn, both very different again in the afternoon.
DOCTOR THORNE called this morning and see them
again. Mr Micklethwaite sent us a Note to desire that we wined
and dined with them Friday next, but we are then engaged.
1783: Aug. 14th - I sent Will: early this morning to
Hockering after Mrs. Davy who returned here to breakfast, and
she dined, supped and slept here with Nancy. Mr maid Lizzy very
ill today, worse than ever, and kept her Bed most part of the
day. DOCTOR THORNE came here whilst we were at
Dinner, and he dined with us but obliged to leave us immediately
after Dinner, having a great many Patients to visit. He ordered
that Lizzy should begin to take the Bark immediately as the fever
was abated, and which I sent for to his House this Evening. She
begun taking the Bark at 10 this Night and is to take it every
two Hours till she has taken a Dozen Papers. If it purges her
she is to have 4 Drops of Laudanum in her Bark when she takes
it then 3 Drops - then 2. then 1 Drop which will take of the purging.
Betty is to set up till 4. in the morning to give her the Bark
and then Will: as he brews to Morrow, will give it her.
1783: Aug 16th – Lizzy not quite so well today,
the fever returning. DOCTOR THORNE called here
this morning and saw her, ordered to leave of Bark till her Fever
is quite of—and then take it ever 2 Hours again
1783: Aug 17th - Betty gave Lizzy a Powder of Bark abt.
4. o'clock this Morn and another about 6 but she being much worse
afterwards I would [not] let her take any more. In the Evening
sent to DOCTOR THORNE and he sent her some Camphire
Powders, and not take any more bark at all. I rode to Honingham
this morning and there read Prayers and Preached for Du Quesne
he being not yet returned. Mr. and Mrs. Townshend and a Mrs. Cornwallis
Widow of the late Arch-Bishop of Canterbury at Honingham Church.
Mr. Townshend sent to me to dine with him today but could not
as I am to serve my own Church in the Aft: I read Prayers and
Preached this afternoon at Weston. Mr. Custance and a Mrs. Collier
an elderly lady at Church. Lizzy still very weak and a pain in
1783: Aug 20th - My two ill Servants much better today
than yesterday. DOCTOR THORNE called to see my
Servants again this Morn. People are daily falling down in the
resigning illness - The' reigning illness' appears to be malaria
related to the massive volcanic eruption of Laki, Iceland.
1783: Nov 12th – MR THORNE called
on me this morning - His left arm was in a Sling, having lately
been thrown out with his Wife of a one Horse Chaise. She received
but little Injury. MR THORNE’S Arm was
the worse. About 1 o'clock took a ride to Mattishall and there
dined and spent the Afternoon at Mr. Smith’s it being his
Rotation, with him, Mr. and Mr. Rodham, Mrs. Davy, Nancy, Mr.
Ashill, Mr. Du Quesne and Mr. Priest of Reepham. We had for Dinner
some stuffed boiled Beef, 3 Chickens, 2 roasted, I boiled. a Piggs
Face, a Currant Pudding, Syllabubs, Tartletts, Tarts, &c.
&c. I did not get home this evening till 10 o'clock and a
bitter cold ride we had home. In Hockering Street we met a Man
very drunk as we came home having got from his horse and could
not get up again. He did however by help get up at Last, and we
went home with him being a Mr. Smith a Farmer and who lives on
Hockering Heath. Thank God he got home safe.
1783: Dec 4th – DOCTOR THORNE called
here this morning, I told him about Will, but he only advised
him to live low, he is much better today – but looks wild.
1783: Dec 31st – DOCTOR THORNE
and a Mr. Pinching, a young Clergyman, of Cambridge called here
this Morn' and stayed an Hour. Harry, Mr. Custances Servant brought
me a Couple of wild Ducks and a Leash of Snipes this morning.
Excessive hard Frost with high Winds – I think I never knew
it colder than this morning.
|1784: Mar 9th - Nancy very ill again this
morning, kept her bed almost the whole Day. I sent for DOCTOR
THORNE early, he came about 12 o'clock - says it is the
Fever Nancy has which has been so long about these Pats. MR
THORNE left a Vomit for to be taking to night and a Rhubarb
Powder to take to Morrow. Nancy however eat some Rabbit for Dinner.
1784: Mar 11th - Nancy taken very ill this morning about
3 o'clock worse than ever. MR THORNE came here
about 11 and brought some bark for her to take to begin at 12.
o'clock and then every 3 hours till bed Time. Nancy did not get
out of bed till 6. this Afternoon. She was then something better.
1784: Mar 13th - Nancy brave today (tho' this Day is the
Day for the intermitting Fever to visit her) but the Bark has
prevented its return—continued brave all day. DOCTOR
THORNE and Betsy Davy with him on a little hubby called
on us this morning and stayed with us about half an Hour, but
could not prevail on them to dine. Sent Ben early this morning
to sell a Cow and Calf for me which he did and returned home to
dinner. Ben sold the Cow and Calf, and which I received, of him
£6. DOCTOR THORNE’S Method of treating
the Ague and Fever or intermitting Fever is thus—To take
a Vomit in the Evening not to drink more than 3 half Pints of
Warm Water after it as it operates. The Morn following a Rhubarb
Draught - and then as soon as the Fever has left the Patient about
an Hour or more, begin with the Bark taking it every two Hours
till you have taken 12 Papers which contains one Ounce. The next
oz. &c. you take it 6 Powders the ensuing Day, 5 Powders the
Day after, 4 Ditto the Day after, then 3 Powders the Day after
that till the 3rd oz, is all taken, then 2 Powders the Day till
the 4th oz: is all taken and then leave of. If at the beginning
of taking the Bark it should happen to purge, put ten Dropps of
Laudanum into the Bark you take next, if that don’t stop
it put 10 drops more of Do. in the next Bark you take - then 5
Drops in the next, then 4, then 3, then 2, then 1 and so leave
of by degrees. Nancy continued brave but seemed Light in her head.
The Bark at first taking it, rather purged her and she took to
Drops of Laudanum which stopped it.
1784: April 19th - To Mr. Mann's Nephew Rose, paid a Poor
Rate this morning for land in hand paid £1 7s 8¾d.
Mr. Custance's Gardener, a good sober Fellow supped with our Folks
in Kitchen. My under Maid Lizzy very bad in the Fever again. and
very luckily for her DOCTOR THORNE called here
in the Afternoon, drank a Glass or two
of Wine with us - saw my Maid and happened to have in his Pocket
a Vomit and a Rhubarb Powder which he left with her.
1784: June 28th – Between 1 and 2 o’clock
I took a ride to MR THORNE’S at Mattishall
by appointment, and there dined, supped, spent the Evening and
stayed till after 3 in the Morning with Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Davy,
Miss Betsy Donne, Mr. and Miss Pinching, Miss Woodforde and Mr.
Smith. We had singing all the Night long by Miss Donne &c.
We had for Dinner, a boiled Leg of Mutton without Capers, a roast
Piece of Bed, roast Fowls and a face, a roast Goose without the
lest seasoning or Gravy and Peas. Gave the Servant Maid on coming
away – 1s. Got home about 5 o'clock in the Morn and went
to bed directly.
1784: July 2nd - [The ladies had returned to Mattishall
on the previous day.] ... About 1 o'clock I took a ride to Mattishall
and there dined, supped and spent the whole Night at Mr. Smith's,
with him, MR & MRS THORNE, Mr. and Miss Pinching,
Mrs. Davy, Miss Betsy Donne and our Nancy. We had for Dinner at
Mr. Smith's, boiled Beef, roast and boiled Chicken, part of a
fine ham, a Couple of Ducks roasted and Peas--Pudding, Tarts and
Cheesecakes. For Supper a cold Collation, with Lamb-Stakes and
Gooseberry Cream and green Peas &c. We were very merry the
whole Day and all Night, singing All Night long by Miss Donne.
She is an excellent lively girl indeed and about 17 Years Old.
We broke up at 4 in the Morning. I immediately sat of for Weston
—got home about 5 o'clock—and went to bed directly—Saw
the Sun rise coming home. To Mr. Smith's Boy - Robin gave 1s.
I went to Mr. Hewitts in the Afternoon to desire that Miss Donne
might sleep at MR THORNE’S to Night.
1784: July 3rd - I got up about 9 o'clock and soon after
breakfast I took a ride to Mattishall to see Mr. and Mrs. Bodham
and there dined and spent the Afternoon with them, Betsy Donne
and Nancy Woodeforde. I called at Mrs. Davy's and MRS
THORNES. Mrs. Davy gone this morning for Puiham. My Man
Ben came after Nancy about noon in a Market Cart - After Tea I
returned to Weston as did Nancy, but she was at home before me:
I was very flat and dull on leaving my dear Miss Betsy Donne.
Nancy supped and slept again at home. We are both glad that this
Week is over. Nancy recd this Week from her Brother Sam from London
a neat genteel and pretty Baloon hat. Mr. and Mrs. Custance are
gone to ST Thomas Beauchamps to spend a few Days with them at
1784: July 16th – About 10 o’clock this morning
Mr Matthews with a cart full of young Folks came to my house –
viz, Betty Davey, HANNAH THORNE, Mary Roupe and
Nunn Davy – they all spent the day with us, and a pretty
Day it was. Nothing but Noise the whole Day long. Between 7 and
8 sent them back to Mattishall as they came. Mr Matthews went
home before Dinner. Ben went back with them in the cart.
1784: Nov 3rd - Sent Will: this morning
to Mr. Smiths at Mattishall with a Hare—told him to call
on Molly Dade, during the Time that he was gone Molly's Father
called here—he gave us a very poor Account of our worthy
Maid, poor Molly Dade—that he believed she cannot recover.
We were extremely sorry for her. He came after her Stays that
were here, the others being too large for her—so much of
late has she fallen away. Mr. Dade could not stay to dine with
us to day. Will on his return also told us that MR THORNE
had given poor Molly over and that he could do no more. Pray God
Almighty comfort her—and with patience wait the Almighty's
Will—As good it Girl as ever lived.
|1785: Jan 12th – Between 2 and 3 o’clock
this Afternoon, Mrs Davy and DOCTOR THORNE came
galloping up our House and they stayed and took a Family Dinner
with us and then returned home again. I paid DOCTOR THORNE
this Afternoon a Bill of £7 16s 6d. We had nothing for Dinner
but a Neck of Mutton roasted, cold boiled Beef and some Mince Pies.
I buried poor Tom Dicker between 2 and 3 o'clock this Afternoon
at Weston aged [not inserted].
1785: Jan 14th - About 12 Mrs. Davy came after Nancy in
MR THORNE'S one Horse Chaise to carry her to
Mattishall to spend a few Days with her there—About 1 they
set of from hence, not pleased with me for not going with them,
But it was a very disagreeable, foggy Day and very cold, moreover
very late in the Week. To Cantrell's Son for bringing me some
Brandy gave 6d.
1785: Jan 22nd - About 1 o'clock Mrs. Davy with Nancy
in MR THORNE’S Chaise came here and MR
THORNES Man with them. Mrs. Davy stayed here about half
an Hour, would not dine here, and then set of back for Mattishall,
leaving Nancy with me—Very glad she is come home. Nancy
dined, supped and slept at home. Paid Nancy this Evening for some
Patty Pans &c. 2s 6d and which she had paid for me to Mrs.
Davy. Mrs. Davy did not by any means behave as she used to do
towards me-was scarce civil to me.
1785: March 5th – MR THORNE sent
Nancy over to day some Cod's Liver Oil about a Quarter of a Pint,
for her to make use of about her stiff arm and lame Knee—She
begun with it this Evening on her arm only—pray God! send
thy blessing upon it for her good.
1785: March 16th – DOCTOR THORNE
called here this morning—He has been inoculating John Gooch
and whole Family. Nancy complained very much this morning of the
Wind in her Stomach – I desired her to drink some strong
Beer after Dinner instead of Wine, which she did and was better
after it. - She was much oppressed by Hysteric wind before—She
also by my desire had some Milk for breakfast and is to continue
it. Neighbour Clarke, Wife and Family as well as can be expected--It
is a good kind of Small-Pox they have.
1785: March 23rd - DOCTOR THORNE called
here this morning but did not stay long—He told us that
his Patients our Neighbours in the Small-Pox were all brave. The
Weather still continues as cold as ever, Frost, Wind, Hail and
Snow at different times to day.
1785: March 27th – I read Prayers and administered
the H: Sacrament this Morning at Weston Church being Easter day.
Neither Mr. or Mrs. Custance or Micklethwaites at Church. It snowed
all the morning and great part of the Afternoon. When I returned
from Weston Church I dined directly then put on my Boots and a
little before 2 mounted my Mare and rode to Mattishall and there
read Prayers and Preached for Mr. Smith he being ill. My Man Ben
went with me—put up my Horses at Mr. Smiths—found
him much better than I expected. It snowed all the whole way going
to Mattishall. After Service at Mattishall I smoked one Pipe at
Mr. Smiths with DOCTOR THORNE and then returned
home. Is froze exceedingly sharp on my return home. I got home
between six and seven in the Evening. Heard at Mattishall by Mr.
Smith that Mr. Bodham's Father of Swaffham died on Friday last
1785: April 4th - After breakfast, being fine Weather,
I took a ride and Will with me, thro’ Hockering, North-Tuddenham,
to Badley Moor where Cliffen stands in Chains, most shocking road
all around where he stands for some way thought we should have
been mired - I then went through part of Yaxham on to Mattishall
to see Mr. and Mrs. Bodham after the Death of their Father and
there dined with Mr. and Mrs. Bodham and little Anne Donne. I
got home between 7 and 8 in the Evening. Saw in my Road to day
Mr. SheIford Senr, and MR and MRS THORNE. It
turned out very fair and fine all the Day.
1785: April 5th - Very fair and fine Day throughout—quite
warm. My new Boy with his Father came here this Afternoon from
Mattishall, by name Secker—The Father went back in the Evening
leaving the Lad here—And soon after very much distressed
on hearing that the Boy never had the Small-Pox—It being
so near us. He must therefore return home to Morrow. He seems
to be a very likely Boy—and therefore will get him inoculated
by MR THORNE if I can.
1785: April 27th - My new Boy Jack Secker came back from
MR THORNE’S after inoculation this morning
to us. Clerk Hewitts Son Will: brought him here behind him, gave
1785: June 1st - Mr. and Mrs. Custance called here about
11 o'clock and took Nancy with them in their Coach to go to Norwich.
They would have taken me up also but I preferred going on horseback,
about 12 therefore, I went to Norwich and took Briton with me,
and we got there about 2 o'clock—but was wet getting thither.
About 3 o'clock this Afternoon a violent Tempest arose at Norwich
in the North East, very loud Thunder with strong white Lightening
with heavy Rain - which lasted about an Hour - immediately after
which Mr. Deckers Balloon with Decker himself in a boat annexed
to it, ascended from Quantrells Gardens and very majestically.
- It was out of Sight in about 10 Minutes, but appeared again
on his Descent. It went in a South East Direction - I saw it from
Brecondale Hill, and it went almost over my Head. Mr. and Mrs.
Custance and Nancy were at Mackay's Gardens. They saw it also
very plain from thence. A vast Concourse of People were assembled
to see it. It was rather unfortunate that the Weather proved so
unfavourable—but added greatly to the Courage of Decker
that he ascended so very soon after the Tempest. It also busted
twice before he ascended in it, upon the filling it, if it had
not, a Girl about 14 was to have went with him in it—but
after so much Gas had been let out—it would not carry both.
Mr. Du Quesne was there and in the Gardens. MRS THORNE.
Mrs. Davy and CAPTAIN THORNE overtook me going
to Norwich just by the Turnpike - I parted with them just by St.
Giles's Gate and saw nothing more of them afterwards—They
were wet as well as we on the Road—I put up my Horses at
the Woolpack. The Tempest happened as I was on Brecondale Hill.
I went directly to a red House adjoining, and was very kindly
asked to walk in to a Parlour, which I accepted - Whilst I was
there I found that I was got into MRS THORNE’S
Brothers, MR THOMAS AGGES (should be AGGS)
I saw a very pretty Quaker there, a young Woman. After I returned
from seeing the Balloon—I went to a Perfumers Shop in the
Haymarket by name Amyot and bought some Essence of Jessamine,
Lavender, Bergamot for all which I paid 2s 3d. I then called at
Bakers and bought 2 Habit Brush for Nancy with a looking Glass
at the back of it, paid 2s. I then called at Priests, there saw
Du Quesne, but neither eat or dunk there—For some Amber
Grease, Oil of Time, Lavender, and Spermaceti paid 2s 3d. After
that I mounted my Mare and sat of for Weston —got home about
8 o'clock this Evening and then dined, supped and slept in the
old House--Nancy was at home about an Hour before me—very
much tired. We were very wet coming home this Evening. At Norwich
for 1 half Pint of Porter and gave the Maid 3d. Mr. and Mrs. Custance,
Nancy, myself, and in short all that went to see the Baloon were
highly pleased. We were all sorry that the Weather was so bad
for it. Decker however has gained great Credit by it.
THOMAS AGGS married
Lucy Gurney on Oct 21st 1775 - Lucy was the daughter of
Henry Gurney, a wealthy banker (in partnership with his
brother John) in Norwich - They were Quakers - Lucy's was an older
cousin to Elizabeth Fry, formerly Gurney, daughter
of John Gurney, Henry's brother - The Gurney bank of Bank
Plain, Norwich was the foundation of what we know today as 'Barclay
1785: July 13th – Mr Thomas of Dereham called on
us this Morn' but did not stay. Sent Ben very early to Norwich
this morning after Fish, he returned about a 11 o'clock and brought.
with him eight pair of small Souls with two Couple of Chicken.
MR and MRS THORNE and their Daughter HANNAH
and a Miss Pinching, and MR THORNE’S Nephew
Mr. Walter an Attorney about 18 Years of Age, CAPTAIN
THORNE,* Mrs. Davy, Betsy and Nunn. came to our House
3 o'clock and they all dined, supped and spent the Evening, and
stayed till 3 o'clock in the Morn with us. We had for Dinner some
Pyke and fryed Soals a nice Piece of boiled Beef, Ham and a Couple
of Fowls, Peas and Beans, a green Goose roasted. Gooseberry Pies,
Currant Tarts, the Charter, hung Beef scraped &c. For Supper
fryed Soals a Couple of Chicken roasted, cold Ham &c. &c.
Artichokes, Tarts &c. Fruit after Dinner and Supper - Strawberries,
Cherries, Almonds - Raisins &c. &c. Miss Pinchings Brother
came to us from Norwich about 10 o'clock this Evening just as
we were going to sit down to Supper and he supped &c. with
us. just as the ladies and Gentlemen were going to drink Coffee
and Tea in the Garden, I was sent for to go to Weston House to
name a Child of Mrs. Custances who was brought to bed this Afternoon
about 2 o'clock - I therefore walked up directly to Weston House
and named the Child by name Mary Anne, the smallest Infant I think
I ever had in my Arms—The Child came to Weeks before its
Time, therefore afraid that it would not live. I soon returned
to my Company but lost my Coffee and Tea. After Tea the Ladies
and Gentlemen got to dancing and danced and sang till Supper Time
- About 12 o'clock this night we all got to dancing again—We
had many droll Songs from Mr. Walker who sings with great good
humour and very well—He is a mighty lively and agreeable
young man indeed—They all stayed with us till 3 o'clock
in the Morning and then they all returned to Mattishall but Betsy
Davy who was left here to spend a few Days with us. - Upon the
whole we spent a very agreeable, merry and cheerful Day, and everything
conducted and done extremely well by our Servants. - *
who is this CAPTAIN THORNE? - From Woodforde's
dairies we know his full name was WILLIAM THORNE
and he lived a North Elmham the only record to throw light on
his identity is an entry in an old journal which reads; 1802,
Oct - At Elmham in his 54th year W THORNE, Gent,
formerly a lieutentant in the West Norfolk Militia - Working backward
this could be WILLIAM THORN who was baptised
on Dec 15th 1749 at St Mary The Virgin, North Elmham son of WILLIAM
THORN and his wife Elizabeth - how the families were
connected is still to be proved.
1785: Aug. 20th - This Week has been rather precarious
for Harvest having Rain almost every Day at one time or another.
Had a long Letter from my Sister Pounsett and in it a bank Note
for me of the Value £20. My Sister acquaints us that Will:
has been in Somersett upwards of a fortnight. I am glad Will:
Coleman is got safe into Somersett. MR THORNE
just called here this morning but did not stay.
1785: Dec 5th - Sam' set of from my House
for London by way of Norwich—His Brother William rode with
him to Norwich. And Ben carried his Trunk &c. in Carys Cart
to Norwich. My Nephew Sam: rode to Norwich on my little Mare Jenny.
My Boy Jack went with Ben to have back Jenny. MRS THORNE
of Mattishall with a Servant lad with her came here about 12 o'clock
and she stayed and dined here and drank Tea and stayed till 8
o'clock this Evening. About 1 o'clock Mr. Du Quesne called here
and stayed with us about an Hour—Soon after Mr. Du Quesne
went DOCTOR THORNE came here and he dined and
spent the Afternoon with us - About 6 o'clock this Even' my Nephew
William returned to Weston after seeing his Brother Sam' safely
boarded in the Mail Coach for London 4 o'clock - and he supped
and slept here. To poor old Kitt Andrews of Witchingliam losing
a Cow gave him all the Silver in my Pocket which was 3s 6d.
1786: Jan 9th – DOCTOR
THORNE dined and spent the Afternoon here and did not
leave us till near 9 o'clock - He was obliged he said to get over
hedges into the Inclosures in some Places, the Lanes being impassable.
1786: Jan 23rd - CAPTAIN THORNE
called here this morning, stayed with in about an Hour, and returned
home again - he was going on to Thurning to see Mrs. Davy and
wanted my Nephew to go with him, but he was engaged to dine this
Day at Weston House with me - they therefore concluded to go together
thither to Morrow and that CAPTAIN THORNE would
breakfast here to Morrow. To Mr. Cary for things from his Shop
only paid 5s 3½d. Browne the Barber from Norwich called
here this morning and measured me for a Wig. At 2 o'clock my Nephew
and self took a Walk to Weston House and there dined and spent
the Afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Custance, Lady Bacon, Captain
Majendie and his Wife from Norwich. We did not leave Weston House
till near 10 o'clock. Captain Majendie and Lady appeared very
agreeable People.' We were obliged to have a Lantern being very
1786: Jan 25th - I sent after Betsy Davy
this morning from Thurning and about ½ past 2 o'clock she
came here with CAPTAIN THORNE and my Nephew,
and they all dined, spent the Aft: supped and slept here. We made
it rather late tonight by singing.
1786: Jan 28th – CAPTAIN THORNE
breakfasted, dined and spent the Aft. here, and in the Evening
he went home to Mattishall. Mr. Elwin of Thurning (where Mrs.
Davy and Daughter board) breakfasted, dined and spent the Afternoon
with us. He is I think very much like the late Mr. Baldwin and
appears to be a very agreeable Man. To Edward Gooch, Gardner,
as mentioned Yesterday, but not paid then, this Evening pd. 11s.
1786: Mar 17th - Mrs. Davy breakfasted,
dined, supped and slept here again. Betsy Davy breakfasted here
and about 12 she took leave of Weston Parsonage and went on horseback
to MR THORNE’S at Mattishall, and there
she dined, supped and slept—poor dear soul—She was
much hurried by her Mother on going away. Am much afraid it will
be a very long time before she will be at Weston Parsonage again.
The Captain took a ride to Mattishall with Betsy Davy and he dined
with her there, and returned home to Supper. DOCTOR THORNE
being from home at the assises at Thetford which begins this day.
1786: Mar 18th - Mrs. Davy breakfast and
spent part of the Morn with us – About 1 o’clock
MRS THORNE of Mattishall after Mrs. Davy to spend a few
Days with her and they returned to Mattishall about 2 o'clock.
Our Parting was rather cool than otherwise. Soon after they went,
Bagshaw the Pedlar, called here, and I bought off him a Piece
of Jennett, olive Colour for Breeches 2 yrds and ½ at 4s
6d paid. 11s. Sent Ben to Norwich this Morn' after News &c.
Sent by Ben a Letter to my Sister Pounsett.
1786: Mar 30th – Brewed again this
morning some more strong Beer. MR THORNE and
Nephew Walker, gave us a Call this Morning.
1786: April 8th – I breakfasted,
dined, supped and slept at home. My Nephew breakfasted, dined
&c. here again. Sent Ben early to Norwich with my Cart this
Morn' after Coal etc for me - He carried in the Cart to Norwich
for John Norton 4 Coomb of Barley. Received a Note from DOCTOR
THORNE, to let me know that My Niece cannot come Home
till Tuesday next.
1786: April 24th - The Captain breakfasted
here and then went off for Norwich, to meet DOCTOR THORNE,
Wife, Betsy Davy and young Walker at Easton Dog—he did not
return to Weston this Day or Night - I also took a ride to Norwich
and Briton with me this morning but returned home to dinner at
past 3 o'clock. Called at Mr. Francis's but he was not at home.
Called also at Buckles and paid a Bill of 19s. For a pair of Buckles
at Cairns paid 3s 3d. As we were going into Norwich we met Mr.
Jeans and his Wife and her Aunt coming out of Norwich.
1786: April 25th – After 3 o'clock,
Mr. and Mrs. Jeanes, with Mrs. Jeanes's Aunt, a Miss Short ab'
30 Years of Age, came here in a single horse Chaise and they dined
and spent the Afternoon with us and stayed with us till near 8
in the Evening, and then they went down to Lenwade Bridge and
there they slept at the Inn. Mr. and Mrs. Custance drank Tea with
us in the Afternoon with their eldest Son. The Captain did not
return till this Evening at near 9 o'clock—All the Company
were gone before. CAPTAIN THORNE of Mattishall
called here this Morning, I could not ask him to dine here. My
Nephew since he has been out, has sold his little Horse, Saddle
and Bridle—for the Sum of £10.
1786: May 23rd - Mr Pile of Hockering,
my Carpenter, applied to me this Morning for Cash, but it was
not convenient to me. DOCTOR THORNE called here
this morning, he wanted the CAPTAIN to go with
him to Mattishall to day and dine with him this being Mattishall
Gaunt, but he declined it, which I thought right for him so to
do. Had a Note from Mr. Thomas of Dereham to desire us to dine
with him, Friday next but we are engaged then. I sent him word
in return, that we would dine with him, if agreeable, on Tuesday
in the following Week. My Maid Betty and Boy, Jack, went to Mattishall
Gaunt by my consent, their Friends living there.
1786: June 20th - I took a ride to Norwich
this Morn to bespeak places in a Coach to London for us and to
fix the Day. Briton went in my Cart to Norwich to Day also. We
got to Norwich about Noon and got home by 8 at Night. Guild Day
at Norwich to day —I did not look much after the Mayor's
Slim—When I got to Norwich I went to Quantrell's Gardens
which arc to be illuminated this Evening, and there drank a Glass
of Porter and ate 2 half Penny Cakes - thence went to Burns Gardens
which are also to be illuminated this Evening and there had a
Glass of Rum and Water - Walked after to Bakers in the Market
Place and there took 3 Places in the London Coach from the Angel
to the Swan and 2 Necks Lad Lane London for Friday Evening next.
Went then to the Kings Head and bespoke a Chaise to be at my House
on Friday next in the Afternoon. For a Glass of Gin and Water
at the Kings Head paid 3d. My Nephew went to Mattishall whilst
I was from home, to take his leave of DOCTOR THORNE
&c. but the DOCTOR and Family not being at
home, he soon returned to Weston again.
1786: Oct 14th - We breakfasted, dined,
supped and slept again at home. Mr. and Mrs. Custancc very kindly
called on us this Morn' as did Mr. and Mrs. Jeanes from Lenewade
Bridge, they all stayed with us about an Hour, and then Mr. and
Mrs. Jeans went with Mr. and Mrs. Custancc in their Coach to Lenewade
Bridge—Mr. and Mrs. Jeans., walked to my House. MR
THORNE (being sent for to see Nancy) came here this Morn'.
I sent my Man Ben early after MR THORNE and likewise
to go round to Mr. Bodhams, Mr. Smiths, Mr. Du Quesnes, Mr. Lanes
(my Curate in my Absence) who lives at Hingham, and at Mrs. Micklethwaites,
to enquire after them all. Nancy something better today, but far
from well. .
1786: - Oct. 23rd - Mrs. Custance spent
most of the Morning with us. Mr. Smith of Mattishall made us a
Morning Visit - he brought us a brace of Partridges. DOCTOR
THORNE called to see Nancy but did not stay long. He
came whilst Mr. Smith was here, but did not come into the same
Room, there being rather a Coolness between Mr. Smith and MR
1786: Oct 23rd - I christened a Child this
Morning at my Home of William Large’s by name Mary. MR
THORNE and his eldest Daughter HANNAH THORNE
called here this Morn'. Just as they were gone Mrs. Custancc came
to us and took Nancy out an Airing with her, returned about 2
o'clock, and Mr. Custance stayed and dined.
1786: Nov 2nd - To a poor dumb Man of Drayton
who carries about the Country some odd things to sell - for same
paid 6d. Mr. Du Quesne called here this Morning, whilst he was
here, Mrs. Custance came to us, and took Nancy out an airing with
her in the Coach for an Hour. After the above were gone. MR
THORNE called to see Nancy. Nancy's Mantua Maker of Reepham
by name Batchelor called alto here about 2 o'clock, brought her
z new Gowns. Sent Ben with in my Cart to Tuddenham after 500 bricks
1786: Nov 5th - I breakfasted,
dined, &c. &c. again at home - Walked to church this Morn’
before 8 o’clock and at 8 buried MR EDWARD THORNE
(late Cabinet-Maker in St. Stephen Parish, Norwich) and who had
made many things for me - he died of the Palsy had been some time
ill - he was 39. years old; I had no Hatband or Gloves & only
three Men attended at his Funeral - one of them a Brother
(could be Thomas) - I received for my Fee only 10s 6d.
as I considered his Circumstances & knew him. - This
could be the DOCTOR'S cousin.
1786: Nov 29th - Nancy very well again
today thank God for it. Received an Answer this morning early
to my Note to Mr. and Mrs. Custance, informing us that they would
with great pleasure wait on us Saturday next. Soon after breakfast,
being a fine Morning, I took a ride to Mr. Du Quesnes found him
at home hearty and well, stayed with him about half an Hour, then
went on to Mattishall to Mr. Bodham's stayed with Mr. Bodham about
an Hour, found him hearty and well, did not sec Mrs. Bodham, as
she was gone to see my Niece and Miss Johnson with her called
at Mr. Smiths but he was gone out with his Dogs - I left a Note
for him. From thence returned to Dinner and on my return met Mrs.
Bodham and her Niece Miss Johnson in their Carriage, had a little
Chat with them and but a little, as some Rain fell. I returned
home before 3 o'clock, found Nancy quite pleased, having had Mrs.
Bodham and Miss Johnson with her for 2 Hours this Morn'.
MR THORNE spent an Hour also at my House this Morning,
during the time that Mrs. Bodham was there. Sent another Note
this evening to Mr. Custance to acquaint him (by Mr. Du Quesnes
desire) that he could not wait on them Friday next - as Mr. and
Mrs. Chamber from Norwich were to be at Honingham Hall at Mr.
Townshend's on that Day.
|1787 Jan 24th - Nancy had rather a better
Night than last Night but breakfasted in her Chamber, came down
about Noon, and stayed down all day afterwards. At 11 o'clock this
Morn' 1 went a coursing and did not return till just 4 o'clock this
Afternoon, had prodigious fine Sport with a Hares, especially the
last on France Green, but killed neither. Another Hare also stole
away from us near Hockering Heath which none of the Dogs saw. I
was rather tired when I came home but very little. Mr. and Mrs.
Jeanes called on my Niece during my being out as did also her DOCTOR
THORNE. Ben and Jack went out with me this Morning. Nancy
could not prevail on Mr. and Mrs Jeans to stay and dine with us,
they had been Weston House this morning - Mrs. Jeanes looked pale
Nancy told me, but as she is far advanced with Child, hope 'tis
nothing more than a consequence. Mrs. Custance sent word by Mrs.
Jeanes that she would come any Morn' and sit with my Niece, when
1787: Jan 26th - Nancy had a good Night and was much better
this Morning, but breakfasted in her Room. She came down Stairs
about Noon and seemed in good Spirits. MR THORNE
came here about 1 o'clock to see his Patient, and was glad to
find her better, left more things for her and among the rest a
mercurial Bolus to be taken going to bed to Night, and a black
Dose of Physick to be taken to Morrow Morn'. I hope the above
twill have their desired Effect. Pray God they might. I privately
named a Child this morning of Paul Bowdens by name William. Nancy
continued pretty well all the Day
1787: Jan 28th – Nancy pretty well this morning
and is certainly better, but breakfast at bed, and after breakfast
about 11 o'clock got up and came below Stairs, where I found her
on my return from Church. I read Prayers and Preached this morning
at Weston Church neither Mr. or Mrs. Custance at Church, nor above
20 People in all at Church—The Weather being extremely cold
and severe with much Snow on the ground and still more falling
with cutting Winds. After Service I buried a Daughter of Harrison;
an Infant aged only 5 Weeks - I think that I never felt the cold
more severe than when I was burying the above Infant. The Wind
blowed very Strong and Snow falling all the time and the Wind
almost directly in my Face, that it almost stopped my breath in
reading the funeral Service at the Grave, tho’ I had an
Umbrella held over my Head during the Time. Nancy brave all day
but still very lame, she did not go to bed till after 10 o'clock
this Evening. MR THORNE called again on his Patient
this Afternoon about 3 o'clock - soon after we had dined.
1787: Jan 31st – Nancy near the same as Yesterday
rather better than worse, breakfasted, dined and supped below,
Directly went out a coursing on foot with Ben and Jack and stayed
out till after 3 o'clock and never saw a single Hare - but after
sitting down to dinner a few Minutes, notice was given me that
Ben had found an Hare sitting in Carys Turnips about an Acre and
half and next the College Pieces. I got up from Dinner and went
thither but we had no kind of Course, the Grey-hounds Chopping
her up immediately - I then returned and finished my Dinner. Gave
Ben for finding her 1s. MR THORNE came to see
Nancy whilst I was out. Mr. Custance also sent us a large Cottenham
Cheese whilst I was out and a very nice one. I sent the Hare this
Evening to Mr. Custance as they were much in want in one and had
tried many People - Lady Bacon being there and a good deal of
Company expected tomorrow.
1787: Feb 3rd - Nancy had but an indifferent night and
after taking her Physic this Morning was very sick and brought
up some of it, her breakfast would not stay on her Stomach also,
nor anything else but a little Water Gruel, and that but a little
Time, was extremely ill all the Day long till about 8 in the Evening
and then was a small matter easier. The Mercury she took last
Night was much too strong for her weak frame at this present.
The Physic she took this morning had little or no effect, as she
brought it up almost the whole, therefore she had violent griping
pains in her Bowels the whole Morning without much coming from
her as the Mercury only operated without the Aid of Physick to
carry it of, therefore there must be a great deal of Mercury left
behind - however when she went to bed, she was somewhat easier.
MR THORNE called here this Morning accidentally
having been to bleed Mrs. Custance at Weston House. He was not
pleased on hearing that Nancy was so bad as not to be seen by
him being above Stairs. I am afraid she caught cold, as her pain
within her was so had that she could not get from the close-Stool
for near 2 Hours together. I went up to see her in the Evening,
and she was very low and cried a good deal—but seemed rather
easier—after she had her Tea and Toast she seemed something
better and soon after came down Stairs and stayed the rest of
the Evening. When she went to bed she was tolerably easy. I was
very uneasy indeed the whole Day on my dear Nieces Account. '
Pray God give her more ease.' I sent Briton to Norwich this Morning
after News, &c. in my little Cart, - he returned by dinner
time. No letters from the West, or elsewhere, as there were none
from the West, I wonder much at it; as Nancy has long expected
one from her Aunt and one from her Sister Juliana.
1787: Feb 4th - I slept very indifferent indeed last night
as Nancy was so bad all Day Yesterday. Nancy had a tolerable good
Night considering, but complained much of pains about her, especially
a great soarness in her Throat, Teeth and Mouth. I sent early
after MR THORNE this Morning to see her. He did
not come till 2 o'clock this afternoon and was sorry that the
Mercury should have so strong Effect on her Constitution, as it
was no more in Quantity than what she had taken before, only 5
grains. However, he said that he would send some Powders that
should effectually remove the Mercury from the Constitution. I
therefore sent Briton (as Ben went in the Morning) after Dinner
for the above Powders and he returned about 7 o'clock, and Nancy
took one of them immediately and another going to bed. I hope
they will soon remove the bad Effects. Nancy dined, supped and
spent the Evening below. She appeared tolerably easy going to
bed. I read Prayers, Preached and christened a Child of one Bowles's
this Afternoon at Weston Church by name Anne. Mr. Custance and
Capt. Beauchamp at Church.
1787: Feb 12th - Nancy breakfasted,
dined, &c. below Stain again and was better than she was Yesterday,
her Spirits very good with a good Appetite, but her lameness still
continues, tho' I think, not quite so bad. Mr. Bodham sent Nancy
a Note this Morning, to excuse her not coming over to see her,
being ill with a cold - Nancy returned an answer to it. MR
THORNE also called here about Noon to see his Patient,
stayed here about an Hour, during that time Mrs. Custance made
us a visit and stayed with us till 3 o'clock, learning of Nancy
to make the Diamond-edge-netting, I wrote it out for her. Mrs.
Custance much better than on Saturday last. Sent Ben this Morning
with my great Cart to Mr. Du Quesnes after a large Walnut Tree
to transplant into my Garden - which we did directly; it was planted
well and supported with 3 Stakes. I wish it might live, but have
some doubt of it, as it is so large and the Roots injured much.
MR THORNE left no Medicine whatever for Nancy.
1787: Feb. 13th - Nancy breakfasted, dined,
&c. &c. again at home, was very well and in good Spirits
till about an Hour before Dinner, but was then ill by being much
troubled with Wind in her Stomach, after she had dined, was much
better and continued so. Had a note from Mr. Jeanes this Morning
with a present of a small Salt Fish and some Oysters and in his
Note mentions that himself and Wife being obliged to set off for
London very soon on some important Family Matters where he is
to meet his Wife’s Mother and sill be absent 2 or 3 Sundays,
desires me to officiate for him in his absence at Great Witchingham
on Sunday Sennight and the following Sundays in his absence, and
which I engaged to do for him and sent him a Note. MR
THORNE called at the Garden Gate this Morning but did
not get from his Hone. To Mr. Jeanes's Servant that brought the
Fish gave 1s.
1787: Feb. 17th - I sent early this Morn'
after DOCTOR THORNE for Nancy. Poor Nancy had
a dreadful Night of it, in violent Pain all the Night, about 5
o'clock this Morn' somewhat easier and afterwards had some rest.
She breakfasted above Stair and in bed, but about Noon she came
down being rather easier, and to see MR THORNE
who came here about that time and saw her and talked a great deal
to her. Nancy in the Night had occasion to make use of the Stoole
once or twice, which I was very glad to hear of, as it would have
been perhaps of very alarming nature, had she not, as an inflammation
of the Bowels might have perhaps taken place, thank God, that
the Complaint had that effect, and that she was something easier
after, but a good deal of Pain still remained all the Day. I sent
Ben again this Afternoon to DOCTOR THORNE after
Medicine, and he returned about 6 o'clock with the same - As soon
as he returned she took a large Table-spoonfuls of a Potion which
he sent to her, and after taking it not more than a Quarter of
an Hour, it made her vomit very much indeed, and brought on the
Cholicky Pains again, and was obliged to go to bed before Tea
was over this Evening. She drank very little Tea indeed, all of
that little soon came up again. I sent Briton early this Morning
to Norwich in my little Cart, after News, Letters &c. &c.
he returned about 4 o'clock this afternoon. The vomiting continued
on Nancy till after 11 o’clock this Night, and being rendered
very weak and nature quite tired, she went to sleep.
1787: Feb 29th - Nancy I thank God a good
deal better today but did not get up till 1 this Afternoon. Mrs.
Custance called here this Morning with her eldest Daughter and
stayed with us an Hour. Nancy was not below when she came, but
was soon after. MR THORNE and Betsy Davy called
here just as Mrs. Custance was going away and they stayed with
us an Hour, I would have had them dine here but they were ordered
to the contrary I suppose. Betsy Davy was grown much taller, but
very shy to me, and rather affected in her way. I sold 2 acres
and of Turnips today to be fed of to Gould of Attlebridge for
2 guineas and half. Turnips now are very Cheap indeed in Weston
as there are many to sell and Weather so very fine. Had a Note
from Mr. Smith of Mattishall this Morning by Dade, to desire me
to serve his Church on Sunday next, but was obliged to return
for answer that it was not in my Power as I was pre-engaged to
serve Witchingham for Mr. Jeanes who is gone to London with his
Wife. Nancy continued brave all the Day and sat up till after
10 at Night—then took a Rhubarb Bolus and went to bed quite
1787: Feb. 21st – Nancy still better,
thank God, but did not get up till after breakfast, and dined,
supped, &c. below Stair, and continued very well all day.
Ben went early this Morning to Norwich with to Coomb of Barley
in My great Cart, and he returned home about 5 o'clock this afternoon
with Coal and 2 Hampers of Wine from Mr. Priests - 2 Doz; of Port
and 2 Doz: of Mountain. MR THORNE was here again
this Morn’ to see Nancy
1787: June 5th – MR THORNE
made us a long morning Visit. Nancy is making use of the imperial
Oil to her knee.
1787: Aug 10th - About 1 o'clock this Morning
there was a most violent Tempest—very much Lightning and
the most vivid, strong and quick I think I ever saw before—Not
so much Thunder but very loud what there was—The Rain was
some time before it came but then it was very heavy, the Rain
did not last long. We were much alarmed, the Maid. came downstairs
crying and shrieking at 1 o'clock. I got up immediately and thinking
when I went up Stairs to bed last Night that there was likelihood
of a Tempest being so hot, I had lighted my little Lamp, and only
laid down on my Bed with most of my Cloathes on and was just dozing
when I heard the Maids all of a sudden shrieking at my Door. We
lighted some Candles. Nancy had one in her Room, they were much
frightned. It continued incessantly lightning from before 1 till
4 this Morning—then it abated and then I went to bed and
slept comfortably till 9 o'clock. Thank God Almighty, for preserving
us all safe from so violent a Tempest. May all others escape as
well. It was most dreadful to behold the Lightning. Mr. Massingham,
DOCTOR THORNE Apprentice, just called here in
the Evening to enquire after Betsy Davy &c.
1787: Nov 24th – MR and MRS
THORNE and Betsy Davy made us a long Morning Visit -
all on Horseback. I sent Ben to Norwich after breakfast for News
Ike. I also sent a Hare by him to Mr. Francis. Ben returned about
4. this afternoon. Received of James Pegg this afternoon £10
16s 0d. being his Brother John’s Compositions for Tithe
for this last year do at Michaelmast last.
1788: March 3rd - About Noon, Mrs. Davy,
and Daughter Betsy, with a MRS THORNE of Foulsham
a Shopkeeper, at whose House Mrs. Davy and Betsy lodge, called
here in a one horse Chaise from Mattishall to Foulsham and stayed
with us till after 2 o'clock, but could not dine with us, however,
they eat some cold Turkey, cold roast Pork, Tarts and Tartlets,
and drank some Porter and some Beer—soon after two they
got into their Chaise and were of for Foulsham. Poor Betsy Davy
looked very bad indeed, much worse than when she was at my House
last. Most People, am sorry to say, think her in great danger.
- The THORNE's at Foulsham
appear to be THOMAS THORNE baptised
Jan 21st 1749 at North Elmham - son
of EDWARD THORNE, Cabinet Maker of Norwich, ref
back to 1776 (who himself died in the November of 1786 ) - THOMAS
THORNE, then of Litcham married Deborah
Racham of St Giles on January 30th at St Giles Church, Norwich
- a witness to the event was EDWARD THORNE -
Thomas and Deborah had children: - ELIZABETH
THORNE, baptised Dec 29th 1784 at Litcham – CHARLOTTE
THORNE, baptised, Jul 2nd 1786 – ROBERT
WALKER THORNE,* baptised Aug 8th 1788 and ADRIANNE
THORNE baptised Aug 1st 1789, all at Foulsham –
*It is interesting to see Thomas gave his son the middle name
‘Walker’ no doubt in respect to DOCTOR
ROBERT THORNE'S sister, MARY WALKER
formerly THORNE, who died in March of 1788 -
1788: March 19th - Soon after breakfast being rather mild,
Nancy took a ride in her Cart with Briton with her to Mattishall
to Mr Bodhams. Soon after she was gone, Mrs. Custance with her
2 Daughters and their Brother William. came to my House and after
staying better than half an Hour, returned home. I gave the little
Folks some Cakes whilst they stayed here. Soon after Mrs Custance
was gone, I christened a Child privately of one Wood's by name
Mary Anne. Nancy returned home this Evening to Tea and in high
Spirits—Mr Bodbam a good deal better; shell likewise saw
Mrs. Davy at MR THORNE’S and MR
THORNE also met Nancy on the road on his return home
from Norwich being sent for thither by express, his Sister (a
Mrs. Walker and Mother to young Walker) being taken so ill that
she died this Morning and she is to be buried at Weston as Nancy
The funeral of Mary Walker
late THORNE, ROBERT THORNE'S sister.
1788: March 24th - About 12 o'clock this
morning I walked to Church and there buried poor Mrs. Walker of
Norwich a Widow and Mother of Robert Walker, aged 42 yrs. She
was also Sister to DOCTOR THORNE of Mattishall.
She was brought from Norwich in a Hearse drawn by 4 Horses, and
a Mourning Coach with 4 Horses also attending on the same - Her
Son Robert Walker from London, DOCTOR THORNE
and Wife, and Wife and Daughter of Kimberly, were at the Funeral.
There were a great Number of People at the Funeral. I had a black
Silk Hatband and pr. of Beaver Gloves. No Fee whatever was tendered
me, or the Tax on Burials, offered to be paid - both which I think
very strange to be omitted even mentioning. MR THORNE
of Foulsham, a Shop-keeper there, and where Mrs. Davy and Daughter
at present lodge, attended the Funeral as Undertaker. He gave
me a Letter from Mrs Davy to Nancy. A very pleasant and cheerful
Day all Day.
1788: April 2nd - About 12 o’clock
I took a ride to Mattishall to see Mr and Mrs Bodham, met them
in their Carriage and Mr Ashill with them on the Turnpike going
to Honingham to put Mr Ashill down there in his way for Norwich.
They asked me to go to their House and dine with them as they
would soon be back, which accordingly I did, and they returned
in about half an Hour. Before they returned, I took a walk to
a Cottage just by Mr Bodhams to see one Mary Brand an old Woman
of 80 who belongs to Weston and to whom I send Money every Year
out of the Charity belonging to poor Widows of Weston. She lives
with her Daughter, Wife of Joseph Bruton and a Tenant to Mr Bodham,
I found her spinning by the fire tho' she almost is blind. I gave
her to buy Tobacco as she smokes 1s. We had for dinner, a nice
piece of boiled beef, Mutton stakes, mince Veal, Apple Dumplins
and Pudding. I returned home about 6 o'clock to Tea. Whilst I
was out DOCTOR THORNE called on my Niece and
left with her for me, for burying his Sister Mrs Walker last Monday
Sennight £2 2s 0d which I think was very handsome of him.
1788: April 16th - I breakfasted, dined,
&c. again at home. Nancy breakfasted, dined, &c. again
at home. I shot a Jay this morning in my Garden and hung him up
on a Gibbet to deter others. Just as Nancy was going to get into
her little Cart to take a ride to Mr. Jeanes's, MRS. THORNE
with her wild DAUGHTER MARY ANNE about 8 years
old, and a Miss Walker, Sister to young Walker, came driving into
the Yard in a one Horse Chaise and stayed with us above an Hour
and then returned home to Mattishall about 1 o’clock. Nancy
took a little ride after they were gone for about an Hour to Mr
Du Quesnes and returned home to dinner.
1788: June 19th - At 1 o'clock we took
a ride to MR. THORNE’S at Mattishall, Nancy,
and Betsy Davy in my little Cart and I went with them on my Mare,
we got there about half-past 2 o'clock and there we dined and
spent the Afternoon with MRS THORNE and 2 Daughters,
of Kimberley, her Daughter Mrs Leath, and Miss Walker who came
with MRS THORNE of Kimberley. MRS THORNE
of Kimberley, Mrs Leath, and Miss Walker went away before Tea—and
we returned home very soon after Tea—Got home before 8 o'clock.
DOCTOR THORNE not at home the whole time, being
obliged to be with Mrs. Howman of Hockering who was in labour
with her first Child.
1788: June 21st - About 1 o'clock Mr Priest
of Reepham in his return home from Mr Du Quesnes called here this
morning, but did not stay long—during his being here Mr
Custances 2 eldest Sons made us a Visit and stayed with us till
12 o'clock—during their being here I hunched my Ship for
the first time this Year. Soon after they were gone DOCTOR
THORNE called on us and stayed till after t o'clock and
during the Time that the doctor was here, Mr Jeanes's Father and
with him a Mr Locke (Father in Law to our Mrs Jeanes) made us
a Visit and stayed with us till near 3 o'clock, but could not
dine with us - but they eat some cold Ham and cold Mutton, and
drank some Brandy and Water and some Table Beer. They are both
hearty, good kind of People, particularly so Mr. Jeanes—who
is all Life and Good nature.
1788: June 27th - MR THORNE
called here this morning and gave me his Account for Medicines,
Journies, &c. of £16. 19s 1d. Mr Custance's eldest Son,
Hambleton, called on us this Morning and was detained here some
time by Rain. In the Evening Mrs. Custance called here in her
Carriage and would take Nancy, and Betsy Davy back with her to
Weston House to drink Tea with them—I also soon after mounted
my Marc and went to Weston House and there drank [Tea] with Mr.
and Mrs. Custance &c.
1788: July 18th - Mr. Walker from London
(Betsy Davy's intended) spent part of the morning with us - He
came to his Uncles MR THORNE of Mattishall last
Night. He looks ill indeed and Country Air advised for him. About
1 o'clock Nancy, and Betsy Davy went in my little Cart to Mr Jeanes's
at Witchingham MRS THORNE of Mattishall with
Miss Walker and her Brother dined and spent the Afternoon with
us. DOCTOR THORNE promised to come also but was
prevented by being obliged to attend some Patients. We had for
Dinner 3 Chicken boiled and a Pigs Face, a fine Piece of boiled
Beef, Beans and Peas, a roast Goose and some Tarts. MRS
THORNE with Miss Walker and Brother left us abt. 8.
1788: Aug. 13th Wednesday - Nancy with
both my Maids very bad in colds. DOCTOR THORNE
called here this Morning and I paid him, his long Bill of £16
19s 0d. Viz. for my Niece A. M. Woodforde £10 2s. For my
Servants £6. 6s 9d. For my Neighbour, Anne Gooch 10s 3d.
Soon after the Doctor went away.
1788: Oct 2nd - Mr. Walker went a hunting
this Morning very early soon after 6 o'clock and we saw nothing
more of him all Day. To one Nobbs of Mattishall who came on foot
from thence with near a Bushel of Walnuts, as a present from Mr.
Walker to my Niece gave 1s. DOCTOR THORNE called
here this Morning and stayed near an Hour with us, he invited
us to Dinner on Tuesday next.
1788: Oct 25th - Soon after breakfast
Mr. Walker drove out my Niece and Betsy Davy in my little Cart
to MR THORNE’S at Mattishall and returned
home to dinner. It was 12 by my upper clock before I got to bed
this Evening and so for many Nights best part.
1788: Oct 30th - Mr. Walker and Betsy
Davy rode out a hunting this morning before Dinner. DOCTOR
THORNE and Wife, Miss Walker and a Miss Kate Lloyd, dined
and spent the Aft. here. They went home before Tea being no Moon.
Miss Lloyd sung many Songs, she has a very fine Voice indeed.
We had for Dinner Ham and Chicken, a boiled Leg of Mutton and
Capers, a roast Pig, Pudding and Tarts and Tartlets.
1788: Nov 2nd - MR THORNE
of Kimberly sent Mr. Walker this Morn' a handsome Spaniel brown
and white, and shaggy, by name Brusher, which Mr. Walker gave
to me and I sent a little Spaniel Bitch by name Venus back by
way of exchange – This could be Robert's
1788: December 4th Friday - My Brother
and Nancy went over to Mattishall this morning in my little Cart,
they called at Mr Bodhams, but they were gone to Brome on a very
melancholy Occasion indeed, no less than on the Death of Mrs Bodhams
only Brother, Mr Castres Donne, an old Friend of mine, who died
on Wednesday last, Pray God he may be happy, and send thy heavenly
Comfort to his distressed Relatives. I sincerely pity his Wife
and Children. They called also on MR THORNE there
saw MRS THORNE and DAUGHTER HANNAH,
also Mr Walker and Betsy Davy. In their return called at Mr D.
Quesnes. They returned home by 3 o'clock. I was very poorly the
whole Day long.
1788: Dec 26th - To my Miller. Mr. Forster,
by Mr Wade who is a Partner with Mr Frost for Flour pd. £4
19s. To my Wheelwrights Son a Xmas Gift 1s. Short's Son of Honingham.
Mr Walker went to MR THORNES at Mattishall about
1 o'clock where he is to dine to day. MR THORNE
sent over an Horse for him. He returned to us in the Evening at
1789: March 9th Monday - Mr Walker with
MARY ANNE THORNE called here this Morning, and
stayed about an Hour.
WILLIAM WRIGHT Surgeon – was DOCTOR
THORNE'S neighbour in Welgate living at what is now Jewson’s
1789: April 30th Thursday - I breakfasted, dined, supped
and slept again at Mr Bodhams. As did my Niece. There was company
expected at dinner today at Mr Bodhams, Mr and Mrs Shelford etc
but none came being ill and engaged. After breakfast Mr. Bodham
and self took a Walk to his Brother in-laws Mr Wright who lately
bought an estate that was formerly Broadbanks, lot we went to
see the House and Gardens, the latter pretty enough but the House
indifferent, very small Rooms etc. Mr Wright does not live in
it at present but talks soon of doing it. He is at present at
Downham. We had some very fine fresh Salmon for Dinner today,
with a Breast of Veal roasted, and a Couple of Ducklings, with
a Pudding and Tarts. Mr. Du Quesne and Mr. and Mrs. Howman were
invited to dine with us today but could not come.
1789: May 3rd Sunday - I read Prayers and Preached and
christened a Child by name Joseph this afternoon at Weston Church.
None from Weston House today at Church. Mr Custance not returned
home as yet. Recd a letter this Evening from my Niece at Mattishall
to let me know that she goes tomorrow to MR. THORNE'S
to spend a few days with MRS THORNE &c. Betsy
Davy and Mr. Walker are I believe there. I was very much displeased
at it and shall send for her home tomorrow early. I am almost
continually vexed and tormented by her connection with the Davy's
&c. They have almost alienated my regard for my Niece
Full account left as it gives an interesting
insight of Woodforde Norwich shopping trip:
1789: June 3rd Wednesday - Soon after 8 this morning I
got into my little Cart and Briton, with me, and away I drove
of for Norwich and got thither in about 2 Hours. I got out just
as we got to the Gates and walked into the City, leaving the Care
of the Cart to Briton. I chiefly went to Norwich to Day to get
Fish for Company tomorrow at Weston Parsonage, and to bespeak
Places in the Expedition Coach for London on Tuesday Evening next,
for myself, Nancy, and our Servant Man Briton. Whilst at Norwich
I called at Buckles and he being a Trustee for settling Mr. Frosts
Accounts, he having lately failed by paying more attention to
his Bottle than business that of Master Builder. I paid Buckle
for him £1 2s which was a Bill for Deals last Year had of
him. To Allum, Sadler, also he being in the same Predicament paid
him a small Bill of 5s 6d. To half a Dozen Mackerel paid 1s 6d.
To half a Dozen sweet Oranges paid 1s. To a new Razor of Critchfield
warranted good and grinding another Razor and setting another
paid 3s 9d. To a Glass of Rum and Water &c at Norwich paid
4d. To 4 small Crabs paid 6d. At half past 1 o'clock we sat of
from Norwich for Weston and got home safe and well thank God by
half past 3. John Priest of Norwich was married Yesterday Morn'
to a Miss Raven of Turnstead, a Farmer's Daughter. MR
and MRS THORNE sent a Note whilst I was from home today,
that they could not dine with us tomorrow, as they could not leave
their Daughter Hannah she being much worse in her fits than usual.
MR THORNE might however come I think.
1789: Oct 7th Wednesday – MR THORNE
made us a morning Visit. Very busy all the Morning in putting
up a four Post Bedstead in the Garret over my Room, to be ready
for our Somerset Friends this Winter. To John Greaves for altering
the same paid 5s. To Ditto, a long Bill for the Cottages, £3
1789: Nov 16th Monday - I breakfasted, dined, &c again
at home. My Brother and Wife, Mrs Richard Clarke and Nancy breakfasted,
dined &c again here. I drove my Brother to Mr Du Quesnes in
my little Cart and we spent near two Hours with him. Mrs Custance
spent an Hour this Morn' with our Ladies. Mrs. Custance brought
with her a very nice roasting Pig to Nancy. Mrs Custance came
whilst we were at Mr Du Quesnes. DOCTOR THORNE
spent near two Hours with our Ladies. We returned home just before
the Dr went.
1789: Nov 19th Thursday - About 10 o'clock
this morning my Brother and Self took a Walk to Mr Townshends
Plantations where we met Mr. and Mrs. Townshend and Mr. Du Quesne
and we took the diversion of coursing all the Morn' and till near
4. in the Afternoon. Very fine Sport indeed we had, both my Greyhounds
were there and they beat the whole field, I suppose there were
12 Greyhounds out and as many People on horseback to beat for
us. My Greyhound Bitch, by name Patch, met with a sad accident
towards the end of our Coursing in running after a Rabbit, by
breaking a large Ligament in the off hind Leg in jumping over
some paling, we all thought at first that she had broken her thigh.
We sent her home immediately, and DOCTOR THORNE
who by chance happened to be there, said, on examination, that
she might do well, and that we should bathe it with Vinegar and
Brandy. Mr. Townshend was very much concerned at it. We got home
about 4. o'clock, rather tired. My Brother complained of a Pain
in his Stomach was afraid that it was a gouty Pain. He was rather
better before he went to bed. Mr. Townshend gave us a hare
1789: December 4th Friday - My Brother
and Nancy went over to Mattishall this morning in my little Cart,
they called at Mr Bodhams, but they were gone to Brome on a very
melancholy Occasion indeed, no less than on the Death of Mrs.
Bodhams only Brother, Mr. Castres Donne, an old Friend of mine,
who died on Wednesday last, Pray God he may be happy, and send
thy heavenly Comfort to his distressed Relatives. I sincerely
pity his Wife and Children. They called also on Mr. Thorns, there
saw MRS THORNE and Daughter HANNAH,
also Mr. Walker and Betsy Davy. In their return called at Mr.
D. Quesnes. They returned home by 3 o'clock. I was very poorly
the whole Day long.
This entry also appears for 1788 –
|1790: Feb 2nd Tuesday - Brewed a Barrel
of small Beer today. Walked to Church about 2 o'clock and buried
an infant girl of Richmonds, aged only 16 Days. The family vault
of the THORNE'S in Weston Church-Yard suddenly
fell in a few days ago, and all buried. William Hardy the Mason
had not finished it but little better than half a Year. It must
be badly done or else the Arch would not have given away so soon.
At Quadrille, this Evening neither won or lost. Mrs. Woodforde played
a Sans prendre Vole this Evening.
1790: Feb 4th Thursday - My poor Cow very weak indeed
not able to get up. My poor Greyhound Patch died in the Night
in her Kennel, she had fresh strained herself a Day or two ago,
and hurt herself so much that she could not stand at all and groaned
very much. Mr. Du Quesne made us a long Morning Visit and brought
over his Violin and played a good deal. Mr. Priest and Son, Robert
of Reepham called also on us whilst Mr. Du Quesne was with us.
Mr. Priest and Son returned with Mr. Du Quesne to spend the Day
and night with him at Tuddenham. DOCTOR THORNE
of Mattishall called on us whilst we were at dinner, had about
half dined, and he sat down and eat very hearty of a roasted Pig,
drank Tea with us and left us a little before 8. Not a word mentioned
concerning Walkers Situation.
1790: Feb 7th Sunday - My Brother taken very ill again
about 4 o'clock this morning, then Ben went immediately after
DOCTOR THORNE, desiring MR THORNE
to send something directly for the Gout in the Stomach which Ben
brought back very soon. It was AEther, a Teaspoonful put into
a Wine Glass of Water which gave almost instantaneous relief to
my Brother and grew better directly after it. If it did not immediately
give ease he was to take some every half hour till it did. DOCTOR
THORNE came here about 11 o'clock and stayed near a Couple
of Hours with us. My Brother continued better all the Day after.
I did not know that he had been taken ill at 4 o'clock this morning,
not being up till 10.
1790: Feb 15th Monday – Yesterday, being Valentine's
Day and a Sunday the Children in my Parish came to me this Morn'.
My Brother drove Nancy over to Mr Bodhams at Mattishall this morning
in my little Cart, called at MR THORNES and Mr
Du Quesnes and home to dinner. Gave to Valentines at 1<1 each
N° $5, o. 4. 7. At Quadrille this Evening won o. o. 6. My
Brother spoke highly in praise of Mr. and Mrs. Bodham. was busy
the whole morning in unpacking Wine and Cyder and bottling of
Rum and Gin. It was a very fine pleasant Day to day.
1790: Feb 18th Thursday – MRS THORNE
and Miss Walker made us a long Morning Visit. The Doctor soon
joined them. Betty somewhat better this morning. Recd a Letter
Yesterday Evening by Mr. Custance's Servant from my Sister Pounsett,
who is much better than she was, quite hearty, but that Mr. James
Clarke has lately had a paralytic Stroke and lost the Use of one
of his hands, is gone to Bath and his House at Ansford shut up.
His Servants discharged also from his Service. Mrs. Woodforde
had also a Letter from Mrs. John Burge giving a very indifferent
account of Mr. James Clarke. Brewed a Barrel of Table Beer. At
Quadrille this Evening paid 1s. Anne Large came as Assistant for
Betty to do her work was here all Day, breakfasted, dined &c
but not sleep.
1790: March 3rd Wednesday - I breakfasted, dined &c
again at home. My Brother and Wife, Mrs. Clarke and Nancy breakfasted,
dined &c here again. Nancy had a Letter by Mr. Cary from Mrs.
Davy of Foulsham relating almost the same bad Actions that WALKER
had been guilty of &c. I wish now to break of every Connection
with Mrs. Davy and all her long train of Acquaintance. I desired
Nancy to drop her Acquaintance by all means, which if she does
not (after their Characters are so well known) she will . disoblige
me as much as she possibly can do, and so &c. Mrs. Davy in
her Letter desires her to look for a House to board at in her
Neighbourhood as she intends leaving Foulsham very soon. N.B.
I dont think Nancy has had a Letter from her before for the last
twelve month. Nancy's Character (being too intimate with Miss
Davy) is not talked of so well: as she used to go with Betsy Davy
and WALKER to Norwich &c by themselves. They all spent the
Day and slept at Mrs. Davy's at Foulsham when Mrs. Davy was gone
from home. Betsys Character is entirely ruined by her indiscreet
ways, many times out by themselves, suffered herself to go for
his Wife at public Places &c. WALKER even boasts (as people
say) of his behaviour to Betsy and says the wont of things of
her. He now proves to be one of the most profligate, wicked, artful,
ungrateful and deceiving Wretches I ever heard of, I never liked
him. I believe both Mother Davy and Daughter also to be very cunning,
close and not without much Art. I never wish to meet them again
at my House none of the 3.
MR WALKER is DOCTOR THORNE'S nephew.
1790: April 9th Friday - About noon my Brother went with
me in my little Cart for Weston Parsonage we got home to dinner.
Soon after breakfast this morning I drove Nancy down in my little
Cart to Mr. Wrights on Badley Moor and spent half an Hour with
Mrs. Wright, a Miss Brown, Mr. Cultism and Mr. Wright. Called
on our return to South-Green on DOCTOR THORNE
stayed some little time with the Doctor and his Wife and my Brother.
I thank God that I had a much better night of rest than I expected,
slept almost all night and better this Morn'. We left the Ladies
behind us at Mr. Bodhams they come home to Morrow to dinner.
1790: April 29th Thursday - Between 1. and 2. o'clock
this Afternoon walked to Weston Church and buried MR THORNE’S
Nephew Robert George Walker, aged 23 Years. He was brought in
a Hearse with 4 Horses, but from whence I know not. DR
THORNE was present, and a young Man Son of MR
THORNE of Kimberly, and a short Man (at whose house)
Walker was at, were all that attended. My Brother walked with
me to Weston Church. I had a black silk Hatband and a pair of
Beaver Gloves. And the Dr also gave me £1 1s 0d. There was
not the least Description on the Coffin or any kind of Ornament,
quite plain and un-coloured - MR
THORNE of Kimberly could be Robert's half-Brother Samuel.
- So what happened to poor Betsy Davy, who the late Robert
Walker had proposed marriage - Betsy (Elizabeth) Davy/Davie,
married Lancelot Shrimpton a eminent Surgeon of Bungay
on Jun 20th 1797 st High Wycombe.
1790: May 2nd Sunday – Mr Brother went over this
morning to MR THORNES for his advice respecting
his Legs, in my little Cart, he returned home to dinner. I read
Prayers and Preached this morning at Weston Church. No Gentry
from Weston House at Church, nor any of my Friends at my House.
1790: Aug 30th Monday – MRS THORNE
of Mattishall with her Daughter, Mary Anne called here this morning
in a single Horse Chaise as they were going to North-Repps near
Cromer to meet the London Barclays'—Quakers. They did not
get out of the Chaise.
1790: Sept 17th Friday - The young Woman Spincks (who
lately had a Bastard Child by one Garthon of Norwich) called on
me this morning to acquaint me that her Child is dead, died last
night, owing it is supposed to her [having] given him a Sleeping
Pill which she had of her Neighbour Nobbs whose Husband is very
ill and had some composing Pills from MR THORNES,
one of which Nobbs wife advised her to give her Child to put him
to sleep whilst she was out. The Child slept for about 5 hours,
then he waked and fell into convulsion fits which continued for
4 Hours and half and then died in great Agonies. If the Child
died owing to the effects of the Pill, I believe it not intentionally
given to destroy the Child as she always had taken particular
care of him and looked remarkably healthy. I advised her to make
herself easy on that respect. Mr. Nachman and Mr. Buck also called
on me this morning soon after and talked with me a good deal on
the death of the Child. They both think that the Childs Death
was owing to the Mothers giving the Pill to it. I had no objection
I told them of burying the Child without the Coroner’s Inquest,
as It was possible the Child might have died without taking the
Pill, however it ought to be well considered on for the public
good. I took a walk with my Niece to Weston House this morning,
in our way there we met with Mr. Custance in Weston Field, and
soon after Mr. Press Custance with another gentleman by name Mitchel
out of Devonshire, on a shooting party, Mr. Du Quesne also we
saw in Weston Field whilst with Mr. Custance in his return home
from Reepham. If I mistake not the above gentleman by name Mitchel
who was with Mr. Press Custance I saw at Bruton Church when last
in Somersett, and I believe Son of Mr. Mitchel the Schoolmaster
at Bruton and a Clergyman and who came from Devonshire. He looked
exactly like him I must confess. We stayed about an Hour with
Mr. and Mrs. Custance and returned home to dinner. In the Afternoon
I walked to Mr. Bucks and advised him and the Woman Spincks to
inform the Father of the Child of its death and to send for MR
THORNE to have his Opinion whether the Childs Death was
owing to the Pill being given it, as MR THORNE
made them. Mr. Buck sent immediately to MR THORNE.
I returned home to Tea before the Doctor came.
1790: Sept. 18th Saturday - Sent Briton
early to Norwich this morning with my little art, returned not
till 3 this Afternoon the Cart being obliged to have something
done to it. No Letters at all. He brought 2 pair of Soals and
half a Dozen new Maccarel the first this Season. MR THORNE
called here about Noon having been to see the dead Child and said
that its Death was owing to the Mothers giving it part of the
Pill. Soon after the Doctor went, the Mother of the Child Elizabeth
Spincks came here to know what to do, I told her to go to the
Overseer (Emery) to send for the Coroner and inspect the Body
before I could bury it.
|1791: Mar 2nd Wednesday – DOCTOR
THORNE called here this morning and stayed near an Hour
with us. He had been to see Mr. Howlett who is not well, owing to
his making too free lately.
1791: Mar 16th Wednesday - My Eyelid is I think rather
better than it was I bathed it with warm milk and Water last Night.
I took a little Rhubarb going to bed tonight. My Eyelid about
Noon rather worse owing perhaps to the warm Milk and Water, therefore
just before Dinner I washed it well with cold Water and in the
Evening appeared much better for it. Recd. for Butter this Evening
at 9d per Pint 0 2s 7¼d. Mr. Custance came (walking) to
my House about six o'clock this Evening, he found us walking in
the Garden, he drank Tea with us and left us about 7 o'clock.
He gave me a Guinea to pay for the Inoculation of Harry Dunnells
Children 6. in Number, which was extremely kind and good of him—The
Parish refusing to pay for the same, tho' at the same time they
agreed to the inoculating Case's Family and have had it done,
tho' a Farmer and better off. All Mr. Custances Actions to the
poor assimulate with the above, every one of them generous and
charitable to the highest. Mrs. Custance just the same. Pray God!
they may both long enjoy Health and Life, and blessings from above
daily attend them. I wrote a Note this Evening to MR THORNE
to desire that he would come to Weston tomorrow and inoculate
Harry Dunnells 6. Children. I gave the Note to Harry Dunnell for
one of his Children to carry it very early tomorrow Morn' to Mattishall
to MR THORNE before he goes out.
1791: Mar 17th Thursday – MR THORNE
came over about Noon and he inoculated Harry Dunnells 6. Children
and afterwards called at my House and chatted with us. My Eye-lid
much better today, washed it well with cold Water this Morning.
MR THORNE recommended the same to me when here.
1791: Mar 20th Sunday - The first thing almost that I
heard this Morn' was the Death of John Greaves, my Carpenter,
a very inoffensive good-kind of a young Man as any in my Parish,
married about 2 Years or more ago, to a Servant Maid of Mrs. Lombe's,
a good kind of a young Woman, and lived very happy together and
daily getting up in the World. Pray God comfort her and assist
her in this Day of her great distress, and may thy good Providence
protect her and her Father-less Child, and likewise give her a
safe and happy deliverance of another Child with which she expects
to be brought to bed almost every hour. Defend her 0 Lord from
the Smallpox in this time of her great necessity and trouble if
it be thy good pleasure. The Smallpox being almost at present
in every part of the Parish by inoculation etc—Poor John
Greaves was very suddenly taken of. He had been ill but a few
Days, but in a very dangerous Disorder, called the Peripneumony.
MR THORNE was sent for and attended him, but
I am afraid he was not sent for soon enough. I had not the most
distant Idea that he was in such danger as it turned out. He was
a Man well respected by all that knew him. I am sincerely sorry
for him and heartily pity his poor Widow. Pray God! befriend her
and support her. I read Prayers and Preached and churched a Woman
this Afternoon at Weston Church. Being a poor Woman I took nothing
for churching her. None from Weston House at Church to day. We
had almost all Day some falling of Rain.
1791: Mar 24th Thursday – MRS THORNE
of Mattishall made a long morning Visit to my Niece. They held
a long Consultation in the Garden by themselves, of which I was
totally a Stranger. Mr. Custance not returned home from the Assizes
as yet, tho' the Assizes are over. It is rather supposed that
he is gone to London.
1791: Mar 28th Monday - Sent Briton up to Weston House
this Morning to enquire after Mrs. Custance and Children. The
Children near the same and Mrs. Custance was indifferent, being
terribly alarmed in the middle of the Night, by Mr. Alldis being
taken alarmingly ill in the Night—thought every minute that
he must have died. MR THORNE was immediately
sent for, who came directly, but when he saw him, he shook his
Head, and said he could not long survive, his Lungs being so very
materially and dangerously affected. The Doctor said that he might
live three Months, but was even afraid that he might die within
that time. Poor Mr. Alldis, a very worthy good kind of a Man,
I am truly sorry for him, his Wife and Family. He had some temporary
relief by bleeding &c. and is very sensible and says he shall
die. He is to be removed to day to his Brother Johnson's near
Norwich in a Post Chaise. His late living in Norwich and in a
public Way, and in so low a part of the City as the Dove Tavern
stands, have altogether drove him into his present bad and dangerous
state of Health. It is a great Pity they ever left Weston House,
but having a large Family, he did it for their Sakes.
1791: April 1st Friday – MR THORNE
called on us this Morning. Mr. Custance not returned this Morning
at 11 o'clock. Billy Bidewell gave me a fine Greyhound Dog by
name Spring about 2 Years old. It was given first of alt by Johnny
Rose to his Cousin Mann, and Mr. Mann being unwilling to keep
it gave it to Billy Bidewell, and he having a greyhound Puppey
to bring up for his Landlord, Mr. Collison, was obliged to get
rid of him, and so Spring came to me.
1791: April 8th Friday - My poor old Bay-Mare, Peggy,
that I bought of my Brother John, 20 Years ago, was this morning
shot by Mr. Townshend's Game-keeper, John Hutchins according to
my Order, before I was come down Stairs. She was so very old,
very lame, and so exceeding poor, that I thought it an Act of
Charity to do as I did by her. She was dead in a Moment my Folks
told me. Shenvood's Daughter and Coppers Daughter that were inoculated
by Johnny Reeves a fortnight ago or better are now seized with
the smallpox in the natural way, the former likely to have it
very full, the latter more favourable. DOCTOR THORNE
saw them yesterday and pronounced it to be the Smallpox, tho'
they were supposed to be out of it by being inoculated.
1791: April 9th Saturday – DR THORNE
called here this morning and I paid him for inoculating 6 Children
of Harry Dunnells at 2s 6d per head 15s 0d by Mr. Custances desire
out of the Guinea that Mr. Custance gave me for the same, and
there being six Shillings left, I gave it to Harry Dunnells Wife
this Evening, it being desired by Mr. Custance to give whatever
remained to her. I paid the Doctor for his Journey over at first
to inoculate them as I sent for him 4s 0d. Billy Bidewells People
brought my Newspapers.
1791: Sep 5th Monday - A great deal of
Rain fell during last Night. Dinner to day boiled Beef and a Suet
Pudding. MRS THORNE called here this Morning
in a one horse-chaise, stayed about half an Hour and then went
on for Northrepps near Cromer to her Cousin Barclays where she
stays some Days. The Barclays arc Quakers of very great fortunes
live mostly in London, but generally at this Season of the Year
come down from Town for the Benefit of Sea-bathing, and prefer
1792: Jan 6th Friday - Sent Briton to
Weston House again this Morn' brought me bad News of poor Mrs.
Custance, that she had had a very bad Night, and all very uneasy
about her at Weston-House. ' Pray God Almighty bless the means
that are made use of for her Recovery and preserve her, and likewise
comfort her distressed Husband, Children, and her dear Friends
allied to her. Her present distressed Situation makes me very
unhappy, as she has been so kind to us. MR THORNE
called on me about dinner time stayed about half an hour, left
Compts to my Niece and should be glad to see her at his House
to meet Miss Davy in February. I made little or no Answer to him
on that Account as our Connection with the Davys are at an End.
I asked him to dinner but he declined it. Nancy still at Mr. Du
Quesne's with Miss Priest.
From Nancy Woodforde's diary
1792: Jan 7th - MR THORNE called Yesterday
to invite me to meet Betsy Davie but that I shall not do, have
had trouble enough about her and her Mother &c. - Missing
entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne (The Parson Woodforde
From Nancy Woodforde's diary
1792: Apr 12th - MR & MRS THORNE call'd
whilst I was at Weston House. They came to invite me to spend
a few Days with them. Betsy Davie being there my Uncle made some
excuse for my not going. I wish they would never invite me to
meet the Davies for have had trouble enough about them. - Missing
entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne (The Parson Woodforde
1792: April 12th Thursday - Nancy walked up with Betty
this Morning to Weston-House to see Mrs. Custance. She returned
home to dinner, left Mrs. Custance near the same as when she saw
her last. Mrs. Custance extremely glad to see Nancy. MR
and MRS THORNE called at Weston Parsonage this Morn'
in their Whisky, during Nancy being at Weston House therefore
did not get out of their Whisky nor stay long talking with me,
but wished Nancy to spend a few Days with them soon. Mem. Betsy
Davy is at present at MR THORNE’S but neither
MR or MRS THORNE mentioned one word of her being
there. MRS THORNE I do not much admire. Mr. Priest
of Reepham and Mr. Jeanes dined and spent the Afternoon with us.
Mr. Priest came in his Chariot from Mr. Du Quesnes who was invited
also to dine here but was not well enough however is much better
than he has been. Mr. Du Quesne took a ride with Mr. Priest to
his Doctor Mr. Wright of Mattishall this morning and at MR
THORNE’S Mr. Priest saw Betsy Davy with a young
Man with her supposed to be her intended one Samuel Burcham Son
of the Brewer Burcham. We had for Dinner today a large Piece of
boiled Beef, a prodigious fine Cock Turkey (which weighed sixteen
Pounds) rested, Damson Tarts and Raspberry Puffs. Mrs. Custance
on hearing that we had Company sent us a very nice Pike about
two o'clock very kind indeed of her, it was too late for Dinner.
Both Mr. Priest and Mr. Jeanes being very fond of Turkey made
a very hearty Dinner from it. Received this Evening for 5 Pints
of Butter, 4s 7d. It was like a Mid-summer Day to day, so hot.
1792: April 23rd Monday - Our old Apparitor Thomas Roberson
called here about Dinner time to inform me that the Arch-Deacons
Visitation would be held at Reepham on Friday the 18th day of
May next. The Arch-Deacon purposes to attend at the same. The
Apparitor dined with our Folks in Kitchen. He was 79. Years of
Age this very day. Dinner in day, Gravey Soup and Shoulder Veal
roasted. MR THORNE called here on horseback this
morning but did not get off, pressed Nancy very much to spend
a few days at Mattishall with MRS THORNE but
never the least word of invitation to me &c. Mrs. Custance
we heard today was very finely. Saw the first Swallow this Season.
I privately baptized a Child this Morn' of John Leeds, by name
From Nanct Woodforde's Diary
1792: Aug 24th - MRS THORNE and her Daughter
call'd. - Missing entry kindly supplied by Martin Brayne
(The Parson Woodforde Society)
1792 Oct 28th Sunday - I read Prayers and Preached this
morning at Weston-Church, but a small Congregation. Dinner to
day boiled Pork and a Hare roasted. I privately baptized this
Evening at my House a Child of Henry Dunnells of Oldham-Green
by name Elizabeth, born this very day about Noon. They are afraid
the poor Infant cannot live being born with a large excrescence
or Wen on the Nose just over the right Nostril, as big as full
as a Pigeons Egg, and hangs so heavy on the right Nostril that
it almost prevents its breathing in that Nostril. The little [Infant]
is to be carried to DOCTOR THORNE’S to
Morrow Morn'. I recommended that it may go there as soon as possible.
|1793: April 4th Thursday - About 2 o’clock
this Afternoon two Men of Sudbury's at Norwich came with my Side-Board
and a large New Mohogany Cellaret bought of Sudbury, brought on
the Men's Shoulders all the way, and very safe. The Mens Names were
Abraham Seily, and Isaac Warren. I gave them whatever they could
eat and drink, and when they went away, gave them, £1 to spend
either on the Road or at home and sent word by them to Sudbury to
pay them handsomely for their Days work. Just as we were going to
set down to dinner, DOCTOR THORNE called on me,
on my late poor Butcher's Account, as he is one of the Executors.
I paid to him, due from me to Baker £9 2s 0d. I asked him
to dine with us but he declined. Dinner today, Neck of Mutton roasted
&c. Poor old Mr. Cary at the Point of Death.- The
Butcher was Henry Baker (widower) of Lyng who was buried on Feb
28th at St Peter's Churchyard, Haveringland, Norfolk - His late
wife was ELIZABETH THORNE, they had married at Elsing in 1746 -
Elizabeth was born about 1715 the daughter of ROBERT THORNE and
his wife Elizaberth of Little Witchingham - She died in 1775 and
was buried on Dec 18th at Weston Longville.
|1794: Oct 20th Monday - About 10 o'clock
this morning I walked to Church and married George Barnard &
Mary Girling by Licence, for which I received £1 1s. 0d. Had
but an indifferent night of Sleep last Night my Ancle being painful
most part of the night, and also towards the Morning had a gouty
Pain on the great Toe of the other Leg, but not bad. It made me
hobble however between both this morning. DOCTOR THORNE
called on me about 1 o'clock and dressed my Leg. No discharge but
kind of blood on the Lint appeared, the red precipitate Yesterday
did more harm than good I apprehend and which occasioned so much
pain in the night. The Doctor dressed it to day with yellow Basilicum
only, except a little corner of the Wound where was a little speck
of proud flesh on which he put a very small matter of red precipitate
Powder, instead of Ointment & that covered with Basilicum Ointment.
The red Precipitate Powder gave me much pain for a little time but
after being dressed some time, my Ancle much easier. Busy most part
of the Afternoon in making some Mead Wine, to fourteen Pound of
Honey, I put four Gallons of Water, boiled it more than an hour
with Ginger and two handfuls of dried Elder-Flowers in it, and skimmed
it well. Then put it into a small Tub to cool, and when almost cold
I put in a large gravey-Spoon full of fresh Yeast, keeping it in
a warm place, the Kitchen during night. Dinner today, Breast of
Veal rosted &c.
1794: Oct 27th Monday - My Ancle still continues very
finely, thank God. DOCTOR THORNE called here
about 1. o'clock, and dressed it as he did before. He was surprised
to see it so well, it was almost healed. He said that it required
but very little more to be done to it. No pain at all to signify.
Very dull, wet, melancholy day, but mild. Dinner today, Cottage
Pye, and a Neck of Mutton roasted. Betty, both the Washer-women
as well as ourselves say that our Maid Molly is with Child, but
she persists in it that she is not.
1794: Oct 29th Wednesday - My Ancle rather
painful in the Night, having the Cramp a good deal in that Leg
last night. At Eleven o'clock this morning I walked to Weston
Church and married Joseph Bowles, Widower, & Sarah Nobbs,
Widow, by Banns, for which I received only 2s 6d having had 2s/6d.
before for publishing them. On my return home from Church, found
Mr. Jeans and DOCTOR THORNE at my House, but
they did not stay very long; after Mr. Jeans went, the DOCTOR
dressed my Ancle, he said it did not look so well as when he saw
it last. The Plaister I apprehend and as Betty said, was removed
from its place. The DOCTOR dressed it with yellow
basilicum Ointment and a Turners Cerate upon that. Whilst Mr.
Jeans and DOCTOR THORNE were with us, James Pegg,
called on me for the Taxes. Paid James Pegg, this Morn' in the
whole £7 10s 3d. That is, Land Tax 1 Qr. for Rect. &
Coll. Land £3. Window & House Tax, half a Year £2
15s. Male-Servant Tax, half a Year £1. 5s. Horse Tax, half
a Year 5s. Ten per Cent on Taxes, half a Year 5s 3d. As I went
to Church this Morning, I met Mr. Stoughton of Sparham, just by
our Church, with his Pointers & Gun, in a Shooting Dress,
going over our Parish to try if he could kill a few Partridges.
I pressed him to take his dinner with us after he had finished,
but he said he could not. If he had Sport, he would call in the
Afternoon and leave us some Birds, which he did, a Leash, between
four & five o'clock, but he would not come in, drank a Glass
of Beer & off directly. He had a very nice Green Cart at the
Heart, for himself and Dogs &c—Quite a new Carriage,
exceeding neat & convenient.
|No Entries found at present
Jan 7, 1796 - Nancy had two Letters this
Afternoon, one from my Niece Pounsett from Bath, and the other
from her Brother Sam from London, all well. A Girl from Lenewade-Bridge
brought them from one THORNE, a Butcher there,
and he had them yesterday at Norwich, I gave the Girl for bringing
them to my house 6d. The Letters came to 2s. 1d., one of them
being charged double on Account of a little strip of Paper inclosed
in that from Bath - found on the internet - http://www.johnhearfield.com/History/Woodforde.htm
1796: April 20th Wednesday - We breakfasted,
supped & slept again at home. Mr. Corbould made us a Morning
Visit, soon after, MR THORNE my DOCTOR,
called on me and stayed a considerable time with us after Mr.
Corbould was gone. I paid him a Bill of £3 13s 6d. It was
after two o'clock before DOCTOR THORNE left us,
and both of us quite undressed, so that we had to dress ourselves
(being going to Mr. Mellish's to dinner) and to be at Tuddenham
by half past three o'clock, if we could. At 3. o'clock I drove
Nancy over in my little Cart to Mr. Mellishs, and did not get
there till 4. o'clock, owing to Briton's being on foot. Mr. Corbould
overtook us near Mouses House and went with us, he being going
to dine there. The Party we met there was Mr. Mellish, Mr. and
Mrs. Eaton, Mr. and Mrs. Howman and Mr. Corbould. All the Company
met within ten Minutes of each other. Dinner was soon announced
after our Arrival, which consisted of the following things, Salmon
boiled & Shrimp Sauce, some White Soup, Saddle of Mutton roasted
& Cucumber &c., Lambs Fry, Tongue, Breast of Veal ragoued,
rice Pudding the best part of a Rump of Beef stewed immediately
after the Salmon was removed. 2nd. Course. A Couple of Spring
Chicken, roasted Sweetbreads, Jellies, Maccaroni, frill'd Oysters,
2 small Crabs, & made Dish of Eggs. N.B. No kind of Pastrey,
no Wheat Flour made use of and even the melted Butter thickened
with Wheat-Meal, and the Bread all brown Wheat-Meal with one part
in four of Barley Flour. The Bread was well made and eat very
well indeed, may we never cat worse. After Coffee & Tea we
got to Quadrille, that is, Mr. Mellish, Mr. Corbould, Miss W.
and self. Neither Mr. & Mrs. Eaton, nor Mr. & Mrs. Howman
played at all at Cards, but were setters by. About half past eight
we all took our Leave of Mr. Mellish and returned to our respective
homes as we went, we got home about half past nine, as we went
very slowly on Account of Briton's walking, who muttered very
much about walking and when he got home was very impudent indeed,
but I believe he had been making too free with Mr. Mellishs Beer
&c. Mr. & Mrs. Howman are both high and consequential,
the Latter remarkably so, if a Dutchess (by which name she is
by some called) could not give herself more consequential Airs.
Mr. Mellish is a very worthy Man I verily believe. No Affectation
or Pride, but seems to have every good Quality that can belong
to Man. I neither won or lost at Cards this Evening. Nancy lost
|1797: Feb 26th Sunday - We breakfasted,
dined, &c. again at home. Nancy near the same as Yesterday.
Sent Ben this Morning to DOCTOR THORNE’S
at Mattishall to desire the Doctor to come to Morrow Morn to see
Nancy. The Doctor sent Word that he would call this Afternoon. DOCTOR
THORNE came to see Nancy this Afternoon about three o'clock,
stayed near an Hour with us, I asked him to dine with us, but he
could not. He said, that her complaint proceeded from a feverish
kind, and had affected a weak part. He told her to live as usual,
by no means lower, to poultice her Knee by Night with a Milk Poultice,
and to keep a bandage on it by Day. Not to walk on it but little,
no cold Water whatever to be applied. To take some Camphor Sec.
Pills some of which he left with her, 10 of them to be taken at
2 different times between 5 o'clock this Evening and before she
went to bed. To Morrow he said he should send something for the
Knee to be bathed with. He said he did not think it of any great
consequence. Mr. Willins did duty again at Weston Church for Mr.
Corbould. Mr. Custance not there. I did not go, being very damp,
Nancy could not. Mrs. Corbould was not at Church either. Mr. Corbould
sent us this morning a small Codling about half a Pound—Value
about 3 pence. We did not dine to day till after 4. o'clock. Dinner
today, the Codling boiled and a very fat Turkey Hen roasted &c.
1797: March 2nd Thursday - A Mr. Suckling, first Lieutenant
of a Man of War, called on me this Morning to know if I wanted
a Curate, as he has a Brother who wished to be in orders, but
could not get ordained with' having a Title. There are two Livings
in the Family Gift. I could not promise him. He behaved very much
as a Gentleman. He gave me a Book relating to Naval Officer to
Feb 1797. Mr. and Mrs. Corbould soon after made us a long Visit.
Whilst they were here, DOCTOR THORNE called here
& saw Nancy, but did not join us.
1797: Mar 3rd Friday – DOCTOR THORNE
has very well hit Nancy’s Case. The Bank stopping Payment
makes great Grumblings.
1797: Mar 4th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Nancy still getting better and better. DOCTOR
THORNE called here again this Morning, found Nancy so
well, that she is only to take the Pills she has by her &
use up the present Bottle of Embrocation for the Knee—and
so finish. Sent Briton early this Morning to Norwich with the
little Cart after News & other little Jobs. He returned home
by four o'clock this Afternoon bringing great News with him, of
Admiral Sf John Jervis, having had an Engagement with the Spanish
Fleet (who were going to join the French Fleet) and had obtained
a complete & glorious Victory over them. Four very large Men
of War taken &c. two of them of 110 Guns.
1797: Mar 20th Monday - Nancy complained soon after breakfast
of very great coldness about her, cold streams running down her
legs & arms &c. However, she was much stronger and could
walk better this Morning than for a long, long time. Luckily about
1 o'clock DOCTOR THORNE accidently called to
enquire after us, and we were talking about sending for him. Happening
to have some Camphor Pills about him, he left some for her to
take 3 times a Day, and to drink plentifully of Port Wine, at
least a Pint in a day. Dinner today, Neck of Mutton rested &c.
1797: Mar 23rd Thursday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. Nancy finely today, getting better lastly. I took
a Walk by myself this Morning to Weston-House and made Mr. Custance
a long Visit. I walked about with him in his Gardens and Plantations
till after 2. o'clock. DOCTOR THORNE called on
Nancy whilst I was out and was glad to see her so well. I met
the Doctor on my return home just by my great Gate. I asked him
to go back & dine with us but he could not.
1797: Mar 29th Wednesday - Mr. Corbould called on us this
Morning, as did Mr. Stoughton of Sparham. MR THORNE
came to see Nancy this Morning. He strongly recommends Port Wine
and to drink rather More than less. She drank to day between a
Pint & a Quart without having the lest effect upon the Brain.
She has not drank less than a Pint for many Days. Dinner today,
Tripe boiled & cold Beef &c. Mr. Stoughton brought us
some good news. That we had taken the Island of Trinidad in the
West Indies from the Spaniards, had taken some of their Ships
fix. Admiral Harvey's Fleet gained the above Victory.' Nancy continues
near the same as Yesterday.
1797: April 1st Saturday - We breakfasted, dined, 8c,
again at home. Sent Ben early this Morning to Norwich with 9.
Coomb of Barley to Mr. Bloome. Sent by him a Letter to Mr. Colborne
of Pennard in Somerset in answer to his last week. I privately
named a Child of William Curzon's this Morning at my House, by
name William. My Cow, Polly had a Bull Calf this Morning. Ben
returned home soon after 4. o'clock this Afternoon having sold
my Barley at 8/6 per Coomb. I recd. no Cash but only a Corn Note.
Dinner today, Salt Fish and roast Beef &c. The Duke of Gloucester's
Son, Prince William Henry arrived at Norwich last Night. MR
THORNE called to see Miss Woodforde this Morning.
1797: April 4th Tuesday - Nancy near the same as Yesterday.
DOCTOR THORNE called again on Nancy this Morning.
Whilst MR THORNE was here, Mr. Castanet and Son
William made us a long Morning Visit.
1797: April 8th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined, &e.
again at home. Sent Ben early this Morning to Norwich with ten
Coomb of Wheat to Mr. Bloome. The Revd Mr. Suckling of Aylsham
with a Servant in livery waited on me about 2 o'clock this Afternoon,
respecting Hungate-Lodge and the Curacy of Weston for a Brother
of his by name Horace now with his Father in London. He is going
to be married and would be glad of a House & a Curacy in Norfolk
near his Brother. I walked with him to see the House, and on his
return, eat some cold roast Leg of Mutton and drank a Glass or
two of Port-Wine—and then returned home to Aylsham. I asked
him to partake of a warm Dinner, but he said it would make it
too late for him. Dinner today, Calf’s Fry & Heart broiled.
Miss Woodforde like Mr. Suckling very much, he is very neat, sensible,
free & polite Gentleman about 32. Years of Age and a Batchelor.
Ben returned home between 5 and 6. He did not bring me Cash for
my Wheat but only a Note. Mr Bloome is to give me at 22/0. £11
0s 0d. MR THORNE called here whilst Mr. Suckling
was here to see Miss Woodforde who went to meet him in the great
Parlour, being engaged with Mr. Suckling in the Study, could not
speak with the Doctor.
1797: April 12th Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. Mr. Maynard called on us this Morning. Recd. of
Reynolds of Morton for Turnips £3 8s 3d. Miss Woodforde
being much better, we walked up to Weston House this Morning,
it being fine, and I spent upwards of a Hour with Mr. Custancc
and his Son William. Mr. Custance walked back with us some Way.
On our return home we found MR THORNE at our
House, who stayed with us near an Hour. He did not prescribe any
more Medicine for my Niece as she is at present so
1797: April 9th Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. MR THORNE called here this Morning
to see Miss Woodforde. He was not got within Door before Mrs.
Corbold called upon her in her carriage to take her to Mattishall
to see Mrs. Bodham, by appointment. Soon after they were gone,
Mr. Corbould walked down to my House and spent an Hour with me.
Miss Woodforde on her return from Mattishall to Hungate Lodge
stayed & dined with Mrs. Corbould &c. I walked up in the
Afternoon to Mr. Corboulds and drank Coffee & Tea with him,
1n. Corbould and Miss Woodfordc—we got home to Supper. I
had for my Dinner to day some Peas Soup, and a Breast of Mutton
roasted &c. Mr. Corbould pressed me much to dine with him
to day, as he was at my House.
1797: May 2nd Tuesday - Sent Ben early this Morning to
Norwich after Fish for Dinner to day having Company. I sent by
him a Letter to my Brother at Cary. Ben returned soon after 12
o'clock with a Piece of very fine fresh Salmon, the head Part,
about 5 lb. but very dear 1s 6d per lb. Mr. Custance & Son
William., Mr. Amon of Lyng, and Mr. Stoughton of Sparham, dined
& spent the Afternoon with us, till near 9 in the Evening.
We gave them for Dinner, Salmon & Shrimp Sauce, Ham &
Couple of Nice young Chicken boiled, a Saddle of Mutton roasted
& plumb Pudding, Potatoes, Collyflower, Brocoli, Spinage &
Cucumber. After, 3. roasted Pigeons & asparagus, Damson Tarts,
Tartlets & Custards. Desert, Oranges, Almonds & Raisins,
dryed Apples & others. DOCTOR THORNE called
here this Morning to see Miss Woodforde.
1797: May 13th Saturday - Had a very indifferent Night
Last night. This Morning taken very ill, could scarce get down
Stairs. Sent for MR THORNE who ordered me immediately
to bed, having had a fit in the last Night and there I laid all
night in a very bad State scarce sensible all the Night long.
In the Night had a Blister put between my Shoulders which discharged
very much indeed in the night and which made me soon better. But
before that was put on was all but dead quite senseless. Nancy
& Betty up with me most part of the night.
1797: May 14th Sunday – In the Morning thank God!
A little better but weak. DOCTOR THORNE called
on me and stayed with me most part of the Day—very bad indeed
yet. Was abed the whole day and very poorly indeed. Nancy &
Betty sat up again with me to night by turns. Kept my Bed the
whole day long. Very sad indeed all Day.
1797: May 15th Monday - This Morning somewhat better
but very weak & kept my bed all Day. DOCTOR THORNE
called on me again this Morning, found me very weak but a little
better. 'The DOCTOR shaved me as I was unable. The DOCTOR
dined again with Miss Woodforde. Ben & Sally sat up with me
1797: May 17th Wednesday - This Morning somewhat better
but much hurried. I got up this Morning being better and got below
Stairs and stayed down all the day long. DOCTOR THORNE
and his Wife dined & spent the Afternoon with us and it being
a wet Evening MRS THORNE slept with Miss Woodforde
- The DOCTOR went home. Ben & Sally, sat
up with me tonight.
1797: May 18th Thursday - Had a tolerable good night last
Night & somewhat better. DOCTOR THORNE called
here again this Morning. Betty & Briton sat up with me tonight.
Was up all day long to day.
1797: May 19th Friday - Had a good night thank God last
night & pretty well but very weak indeed as yet. DOCTOR
THORNE here again today. Ben & Sally sat up with
me tonight. Sally a bad Sitter up indeed—very restless all
Night. My Brother & Wife from Somerset came to us just before
Dinner to day, and they dined, supped & slept here. They were
much fatigued indeed. I was very glad to see them. Nancy had very
properly informed them of my Illness. DOCTOR THORNE
called on me again today, found me better. Briton & Betty
sat up with me tonight.
1797: MAY 20th Saturday - Had a good Night again last
night thank God and got up very early. N.B. Sally a bad Sitter
up at Nights. My Brother & Wife from Somersett, came to us
just before Dinner to day, and they dined, supped & slept
there. They were much fatigued indeed. I was very glad to see
them. Nancy had very properly informed them of my Illness. DOCTOR
THORNE called on me again today, found me better. Briton
& Betty sat up with me tonight.
1797: May 23rd Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife breakfasted &c. here
again as did William. W. MR THONE called here again this Morning.
Mattishall gaunt to day. Ben went to Mattishall this Afternoon
after things for me from DOCTOR THORNE’S.
Dinner to day I know not being but ill, however better. Had but
an indifferent Night last Night. Betty sat up with me tonight.
1797: May 24th Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife, & Will. W. breakfasted
&c. &c. here again. Had a very good Night thank God! last
Night. MR THORNE called here again this Morning.
Nancy sat up with me to Night. Had a very good Night the last
1797: May 25th Thursday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
here again. My Brother & Wife & Nancys Brother William.
breakfasted. DOCTOR THORNE called here again
this Morning. Had a very good Night last Night & thank God
1797: May 27th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & Will. breakfasted &c.
here again. Much better thank God this Morning & continual
so all Day. DOCTOR THORNE called on me again
this Morning. Thank God! I felt myself better this Morn' having
a good Night. Had no one to sit up again tonight with me. Had
a Light all night in my bed Room had a good night of rest last
night and felt myself much better this Morn'—tho still very
1797: May 30th Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined &c
again at home. My Brother & Wife & William. W. breakfasted
&c. here again. Had a very good Night last Night, and am rather
stronger. Paid Harrison this Morning for thatching a good part
of my Barn—all things included as per Bill £3 4s 2d.
MR THORNE made us a long Morning Visit. Mr. Maynard
of Attlebridge dined & spent the Aft. with us. Mr. and Mrs.
Corbould spent the Afternoon and drank Coffee & Tea with us.
1797: May 31st Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife, & William Woodforde
breakfasted, dined &c. here again. Somewhat better, thank
God this Morning, but very weak yet. I find by my Niece that I
have been very dangerously ill indeed, quite senseless some times.
I have been blistered and I do not know what I have suffered.
Quite senseless at times, and in very great danger indeed. DOCTOR
THORNE with me very often indeed & did me great Service.
1797: June 1st Thursday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home, My Brother & Wife and Nephew Will. Wood breakfasted,
dined, &c. here again. Better, thank God! this Morning. June
2, Friday. We breakfasted, dined &c. again at home. My Brother
& Wife & Will. W. breakfasted, dined &c. here again.
Mr. Maynard made us a Morning Visit. Butter made to day-9. Pints
and half. My Brother & Will. W. took a ride to Cossey-Hall
this Morning in my little Curricle to see Sr. William Jernegans.
They did not return till Dinner was almost over past 4. o'clock.
DOCTOR THORNE dined & spent the Afternoon
with us by appointment. It vexed me therefore that they did not
return sooner to dinner as we waited near an Hour for them. It
hurt me much. Dinner today, Tongue & Chicken, Leg of Mutton
roasted &c. Not so well today being much hurried.
1797: June 7th Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & William Woodforde breakfasted
&c. here again. Sent Ben early this Morning to Norwich after
Wine &c. He returned home with the same about 4. o'clock this
Aft. Thank God! had a good Night of Rest, last Night, and found
myself stronger and better this Morning. DOCTOR THORNE
made us a long Morning Visit
1797: June 12th Monday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & William Woodforde,
breakfasted, &c. here again. DOCTOR THORNE
made us a long Morning Visit. Dinner today, Loin of Beef roasted
&c. I thank God! I find myself rather stronger, my Appetite
very good indeed, but still daily taking things from DOCTOR
THORNE'S and frequently taken good strengthning things
with Port Wine. Mr. Custance with Family are expected home to
dinner to Morrow having left Bath sometime last Week.
1797: June 13th Tuesday - We breakfasted. dined, &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & Nephew William break-fasted,
Etc. here again. Had a good Night last Night & rather stronger
this Morning. My Brother & Nephew went this Morning in my
link Curricle to MR THORNE'S at Mattishall where
they dined & spent the Afternoon with the DOCTOR AND
FAMILY, and Mr. & Mrs. Howman. They returned about
9. o'clock in the Evening in very good time & order. We had
for Dinner to Day Knuckle of Veal & Pork, and some cold Lamb
& Sallad. Fore Qr. rusted but cold.
1797: June 19th Monday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & My Nephew William.
breakfasted &c. here again. Had a tolerable good Night last
Night. After breakfast between 11 and 12 My Brother's Wife &
Nancy went in my little Curricle or taxed Cart to Weston House,
My Brother & William. walked with me thither, we stayed there
till near 2. o'clock. We returned as we went - saw all the Family
but Mr. George who is in the East Indies. All the young Folks
much grown and much altered but Emily who is just the same but
much grown. On our return home found MRS THORNE
& DAUGHTER, MARY ANNE at my House, had been
there some time. They stayed & dined with us & spent the
Afternoon. They came in a one horse Chaise a Servant Boy driving
them. A Mantua Maker from Mattishall Burgh by name Burroughs came
here early this Morning, and she break-fasted, dined & stayed
the Afternoon at Weston Parsonage.
1797: June 20th Tuesday - We breakfasted, supped &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & William. W. breakfasted,
supped &c. again here. Had a very good Night considering Yesterday's
Hurry & fatigue. Mr. Corbould called here this Morning on
his way to Weston House where he was going to pay last Years Rent
&c. He did not stay long. I let him have a Ten Pound Note.
£10 0s 0d. is part of half a Years Salary for Serving Weston
Church due May 22 last past. DOCTOR THORNE called
on us about Noon but did not stay long as we were going to dine
at Mr. Corboulds.
1797: June 27th Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife & Nephew breakfasted
&c here again. DOCTOR THORNE made us a Morning
1797: July 19th Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. My Brother & Wife breakfasted, dined &c.
here again. My Brothers Wife & Nancy got up early this Morning
and drove over to Mattishall with Briton, to breakfast with Mrs.
Bodham and dine with MR & MRS THORNE and
to return home in the Evening to Supper. Dinner to day fryed Beef
and Cabbage &c. Hambleton Custance drank Tea with us in the
Evening. Mrs. Woodforde & Nancy returned home to supper about
9 o’clock. The spent a very agreeable day indeed.
1797: October 4th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. Very poorly indeed again all Day—so restless
&c. Appetite quite gone from all kinds of Meat. MR
THORNE being here yesterday to see me, I sent Ben over
this Morning to him for things to take. Mr. Custance very kindly
called on me this Afternoon. Dinner to day Beef Steals &c.-
could not touch them.
1797: October 15th Sunday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Weaker this Morning than I have been yet. Scarce
able to make a Walk of it to day. No Appetite still. Mr. Corbould
did duty this Afternoon at Weston Church. He made us a Visit on
his return from Church. He went to Norwich afterwards, they having
left Hungate-Lodge. Dinner today, roast Beef & Plumb Pudding
&c. I eat some plumb Pudding for Dinner but nothing else.
In the Evening thought Myself a little better. The Medicine that
MR THORNE sent me seem to do good. For the last
two days I have been very bad indeed not able to put on some of
my Cloaths or pull them off.
1797: October 17th Tuesday - Was very restless most part
of last Night till after 12 then began to be more composed &
soon went to sleep. But this Morning got up thank God much stronger
with a smart pain of the Gout in my right foot. Had very little
assistance in getting up this Morning and came down Stair by my-self
pretty strong. Appetite much better and Spirits higher—able
to travel about by myself without the use of a Stick. MR
THORNE called on me this Morning.
1797: Oct 23rd Monday - Thank God I got up strong and
well, without any help. Seem to be much better and stronger came
down alone. George Brand of Mattishall and Amelia Norton of Weston
were married this Morning by Banns at Weston Church by Mr. Maynard
of Attlebridge, who called on me after. MR & MRS THORNE
called on us about Noon and stayed till after 2 o'clock. They
came in their Chaise. MR THORNE left MRS
THORNE with us about an Hour whilst he went to see a
Patient of his near us. I did not ask them to dinner having a
plain dinner and also Washing Week with us. My Servant Ben Leggatt
rode over to DOCTOR THORNES this Morning for
his Advice. I would have had him gone before. He did not Work
again today nor could not.
1797: November 14th Tuesday - Sent Ben early this Morning
to MR THORNE at Mattishall being very poorly
indeed. He sent me something to take and came himself to see me
between 2 and 3 o'clock this Aft.
1797 November 16th Thursday - Was taken very ill soon
after getting down Stair this Morning in a kind of fainting Fit
tho' I did not faint but it brought on me a very profuse Perspiration
all over me which soon made me feel better. DOCTOR THORNE
called soon after.
1797: November 18th Saturday - Not so well this Morning,
having had but a baddish Night. Little Sleep, frightful Dreams
& very restless all last Night. MR THORNE
very luckily called on me this Morning.
1797: November 21st Tuesday - Had a good
Night last Night, but soon after getting up, had something of
the same kind of Pain in my Bowels as Yesterday, but of short
duration. Sent Briton this Morning to Cawston to Mr. Cotman's
to desire him to enter upon the Curacy of Weston on Sunday next
by doing duty on Sunday next in the Aft. Briton returned home
time enough to wait at dinner with a Note from Mr. Cotman of complying
with my request. MR THORNE called on me this
Morning, and 1 told hint of my complaint in my Bowels. He gave
me a Pill to take immediately and left a few more of them with
me. Dinner today, Pigs Fry &c. I eat very hearty indeed for
Dinner to day thank God. I was upon my Legs a good deal to day
in the Morning.
|1798: March 23, Friday - MR THORNE
called on us to day and partook of a family Dinner but did not stay
to Tea in the Evening. I paid the Doctor a long Bill of £20
17s 0d - for my Niece, for myself, and Servants from January 1797.
Dinner today, a boiled Fowl with Pork & Greens, cold roast Beef,
Norfolk Dumplins &c. I made a very hearty Dinner to day on cold
roast Beef &c.
1798: August 3rd Friday – Mrs Bodham and MRS
THORNE both from Mattishall made us a Morning Visit,
and stayed with us till after 2 o'clock. We gave them by way of
a Sandwich or refreshment some cold roast Goose &c. with some
fruit after it &c. Dinner today, Peas & Pork, Giblet-Soup,
&c. Miss Woodforde walked up to Weston-House this Afternoon
by Invitation and drank Tea there with Mr. & Mrs. Custance,
Lady Bacon & 2 Daughters &c. returned to Supper as she
went Our Maid Betty went with her and back.
1798: Aug 14th Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined. &c.
again at home. Very low & nervous, Appetite very indifferent
again. MR THORNE called here about Noon to invite
Miss Woodforde to dinner to meet Mr. & Mrs. Shrimpton late
Betsy Davy, to Morrow at the Doctors—but my [being] at present
very poorly, and very low, she declined it. I am not well enough
by any means to be left alone at this present time. The Doctor
stayed with us some time, I am to be under his care again, and
to begin taking some Medicine to Morrow Morning, something similar
to what I took of him when in my last Illness. Dinner today, Leg
of Pork boiled & Greens &c. I could eat but very little
for Dinner indeed to day. Mr. Hambleton Custance drank Tea with
us this Afternoon.
1798: Aug 15th Wednesday - Sent Ben early this Morn' to
MR THORNE'S at Mattishall
after some Medicines for me [to] take & to begin this Morning.
Master Townshead, Lord Bainings eldest Son called on us this Morning,
but did not dismount from his Horse. Very poorly indeed this Morning
having had little or no Sleep the whole of last Night, the Cramp
in both Legs being so troublesome all the whole Night almost.
Ben returned from DOCTOR THORNE'S before I was
down Stairs. I begun with my Medicine this Morn' at 11 o'clock.
I am to take it three times a Day for some days.
1798: September 8th Saturday - MR THORNE
called here whilst we were at dinner, but did not come in. Betty
Cary brought our Papers &c. To one Largess to day gave 1s.
Sent Ben early this Morning to Mrs. Bodhams at Mattishall after
a Dog, &c. He returned to breakfast with the Dog. I gave him
the name of Fido, a very pretty spaniel. Briton went to Willm.
Bidewells this Evening to a Frolic.
1798: September 9th Sunday. - MR THORNE
called on us this Morning, stayed abt. an Hour. Young Mr. Addison
of Saxthorpe did Duty at Weston-Church this Afternoon for Mr.
Cotman, he being from home. Miss Woodforde was at Church, as were
Mrs. Custance &c.
1798: November 23rd Friday – DOCTOR THORNE
called on us this Morning and stayed with us near an Hour. Very
cold indeed today, it pinched me much. Dinner today, Cod-fish
& a Couple of Rabbits toned. Not quite so well again for the
last few Days. Head rather affected with giddiness on first rising
up from my Chair after sitting.
1798: December 31st Monday - We breakfasted,
dined, &c. again at home. The cold sharp Weather still continues.
Paid Briton this Morn' for things 4s 6d. Sally's Brother Billy
Gunton, Serjeant in the Norfolk Militia called here to see her
this Morn' and he breakfasted with our Folks. Dinner today, Leg
of Mutton roasted &c. MR THORNE of Mattishall
sent me a Note, by Widow Pratts Son of this Parish who had been
there concerning [his?] Brother who is lately returned home very
ill to know if I wanted any boiling Peas very good, as he had
some to sell of a very good Quality indeed.
|1799: March 19th Tuesday - The Child that
I privately named at my House of Thomas Baker's died the Day after
and was buried this Afternoon by Mr. Maynard who called on me afterwards
about 2 o'clock. DOCTOR THORNE called on us just
1799: May 19th Sunday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. DOCTOR THORNE called on us this
Morning. Mr. Cot man read Prayers & Preached this Afternoon
at Weston Church. I was hot & feverish this Morning and which
I told the DOCTOR, but nevertheless he recommended
Port Wine - and also the same to my Niece who has been unwell
1799: May 20th Monday - Sent Ben this Morning to MR
THORNE at Mattishall after some Medicine for myself and
Niece. We begun taking of the same, sometime after his return.
Mine was chiefly Huxoms Tincture and Bark. I took for the first
time about 11 o'clock, some 4 Pills, of Camphire & Rhubarb,
taken in Port Wine, after that 2 Tea Spoonfuls of Huxoms Tincture
put into 3 Table Spoonfuls of Bark Decoction. What I took of my
Physick made me very flighty for a great while after taking it
- flying so much to my Head, but in the Evening found myself much
more composed and better for it. The DOCTOR ordered
me to take it three times a Day but it affected my Head so much
after taking it only once, that I took it only twice to day.
1799: October 2nd Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. Mrs. Custance & Daughters made us a Morning
Visit, stayed an Hour with us. Mrs. Custance brought us a brace
of Partridges. Paid Betty this Morn for divers things £1
7s 6d. Received of Betty for Butter 1. 8. 81. Dinner today, roast
Beef &c. DOCTOR THORNE gave us a Morning
Call. My Nephew breakfasted, dined &c. at Weston P. Mr. Emeris
sent us a fine Leveret to day.
1799. October 29th Tuesday - To Js. Pegg, half a Years
Taxes paid £9 18s 4d. Whilst James Pegg was here. MRS
THORNE of Mattishall and her youngest DAUGHTER
MARY ANNE called here & stayed here full 2 Hours.
1799: November 8th Friday –
My Nephew William Woodforde took a ride this Morn to Elmham to
call on Captain THORNE but his not being at home, William returned
home to dinner by 3 o’clock. I felt more of the Gout today
than Yesterday. - IS THIS -Morrel, Joseph.
Ensign, Captain Thorne's company, Second Battalion, Gloucester,
June 2d, 1777.
|1800: January 29th Wednesday - Paid my Servant
Man, Ben. Laggatt this Morn' for divers things £2 7s Id. Mr.
Custance's Sons, John & Neville called on us this Morning, they
go to School this Week. Whilst they were with us, Mr. Foster of
Lenewade Bridge came here, by my desire to be paid his Bill for
Rent, Flour 8cc. of £21 10s 6d. DOCTOR THORNE
also called on us this Morning whilst Mr. Foster was with us and
stayed some time Betty's Father, William Dade, here this Morning.
Dinner today, a roasted Rabbit &c. Thank God! that I was tolerably
well today. I had a long sitting of it today, from near eleven o'clock
in the Morning to three in the Aft.
1800: January 30th Thursday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. A Petitioner for Alms, (a Man, very much like THORNE,
late a Cabinet-Maker of Norwich, & of whom I bought most of
my Mohogany Furniture) called here this Morning to ask Charity,
he said that he was an American. He appeared very paralytick—gave
him 1s. Dinner today, boiled Beef, &c. My Nephew, William
Woodforde, thank God! very fine Weather indeed, considering the
Season, ever since he left Weston, and suppose that he must be
near London, if not there, this Day. - Not
sure who this man is or if he is connected to the Thorne family
1800: May 9th Friday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Finely again this Morning before & at breakfast
but being made uneasy soon after, was made quite ill again and
very nervous &c. Poor Mr. John Buck was buried in Weston Church
about Noon by Mr. Maynard. That added to my uneasiness also. My
Maid Sally was invited to the Funeral as was also, my Man Ben
Leggatt, both went. Ben was a near Relation to poor John Buck.
Mr. Maynard called on me before the Funeral. DOCTOR THORNE
called on us this Afternoon in his return from the Funeral &
spent near an Hour with us, he came about 4. o'clock. Mr. Buck
was 58 Years of Age. I had a Hatband & pair of Gloves sent
me. Betty went also to see him buried. Dinner today, Soup &
a Co. Ducks roasted &c. I told Mr. Maynard that he was to
take £1 1s 0d. of the Undertaker, it being the usual Fee
for burying a Person in the Church not living in the Parish, and
that could be well afforded.
1800: November 14th Friday - Lord &
Lady Bayning of Honingham sent their Servant to our House this
Morning with Compts. DOCTOR THORNE made us a
Morning Visit. Recd. of my Clerk (William Large) for Banns that
were published last Sunday 2s 6d. Which I am to give to the Clergyman
that marries them—which I suppose to be Mr. Maynard.
1801: June 8th Monday - Nancy had a Flight of Bees about Noon
today. Our Maids hived them & very well. Sent Ben this Morning
before breakfast to DOCTOR THORNE'S at Mattishall
after Physick for self and Nancy. Mr. Emeris's Sister, a maiden
Lady drank Tea with us this Even, she brought us a brace of fine
Tench—very kind of her.
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|1802: February 20th Saturday - We breakfasted,
dined, &c. again at home. MR THORNE (alias
DOCTORS) called about Noon and stayed about an
Hour with us. He says Nancy's Complaint is an internal one. The
DOCTOR drank a small Tumbler of Brandy & Cold
Water he haring a bad Cold. The DOCTOR says that
it will take a little time to set her right by a due course of Medicine.
1802: February 23rd Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Nancy appeared somewhat better this Morn'. Mr.
Maynard made us a Morning visit. I was very, very indifferent
to day indeed, so very low. DOCTOR THORNE called
on us, just as we had sat down to dinner, and he stayed &
eat a bit with us. He went away soon after he had dined. Nancy
takes some new Medicine this Evening going to bed, some of the
Cicuta or Hem-lock. Dinner today, Leg of Mutton roasted &c.
MR THORNE apprehended Nancy's Complaint to be
rather scrophulous than otherwise.
1802: February 26th Friday - We breakfasted, dined fec.
again at home. DOCTOR THORNE sent his Apprentice
to see Nancy this Morning as he could not come himself being with
a Woman in childbed. I was very indifferent & uneasy to day.
1802: February 28th Sunday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Mr. Dade read Prayers & Preached this Morn'
at Weston-Church. Mrs. Custance at Church as was also with her
Sir Edmund Bacon but not Mr. C. – DOCTOR THORNE
called on Nancy about Noon-time. The DOCTOR says
she is better & might drink Wine - Briton walked over to Reepham
this Morning to see a poor Brother John who is in a decline. He
returned home to attend at dinner &c. His poor Brother he
left almost gone in a Decline. I was wry poorly all the Morning,
so faint—and so nervous at times as almost afraid to move
and what is worse than all—poene obliviscendus (probably
means “Near to losing my memory”)
1802: March 3rd Ash-Wednesday - We breakfasted, dined,
&c. again at home. Our People rather better this Morning than
Worse. DOCTOR THORNE called on Nancy this Morn—No
more Medicine or Physic to be taken by her as she is now finely—she
finished what she had this Morn. I desired him to do something
for Ben & Sally. Dinner today, Salt Fish & Fritters &
Eggs - Sent the Boy over to Mattishall this Afternoon to DOCTOR
THORNE’S for Medicine for Ben and Sally. My four
old Turkies lost within the last Week—supposed to have been
1802: March 6th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Sent Ben to Norwich this Morning early, with nine
Coomb of Barley to Mr. Bloome and also to pay Mr. Priest fur the
two Dozen the last Port Wine had of him. DOCTOR THORNE
called on us again this Morning. Our Folks in Kitchen he found
1802: March 13th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Young Stephen Andrews's Servant 'Said (Sarah Spooner—abt.
21) cut her Throat this Morning about 8. o'clock, but it is to
be hoped not so dangerous as to be incurable. We could not hear
of any reason given for so bad and rash an action. DOCTOR
THORNE was sent for immediately but could not come being
engaged, but sent his Apprentice—Mr. Rainbird. The before
mentioned rash & hasty bad action affected me a good deal,
being so nervous. Pray God! she may sincerely repent of the same
and never be guilty of such an action again —and that she
might recover of this. Dinner today, boiled beef—&c.
We had no Newspapers at all to day. Young Stephen Andrews sent
the above Girl to her Friends soon after Throat was sown up—They
live at Horsford near Norwich.
1802: April 19th Monday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. DOCTOR THORNE called on us this
Morning. Got up very poorly indeed, cough very painful. Stomach
very sore by coughing & feverish. Saw the first Swallow this
Morn' about Noon. To two poor Sailors this Morning, gave 6d.
1802 - August 29th Sunday. We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. I felt finely this Morning thank God! & stronger.
Very hot indeed today, especially at Noon. DOCTOR THORNE
was with us to day between 12 and 1 o'clock. He stayed some little
time with us. My Throat is daily getting better he says. Mr. Dade
read Prayers & Preached this Afternoon at Weston-Church —Nancy
at Church today.
1802: August 31st Tuesday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Fine Weather still continues for the Harvest. DOCTOR
THORNE here again about 2. o'clock.
1802: September 1st Wednesday – We breakfast dined
&c, again at home. Mr. Salisbury very good-naturedly brought
us about Noon, a Leash or three nice young Partridges of his own
shooting this Morning early. DOCTOR THORNE here
again today about 2 o'clock. Dinner today, a Couple of Ducks roasted
&c. The fine Weather still continues. It relaxes me a good
deal & makes me quite weak.
1802: September 2nd Thursday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. Fine Weather still continues (thank God for it),
finer Harvest Weather scarce ever known. As our Folks were carrying
a Cart-Load of Barley into the Barn this Morning before Dinner,
with the Boy (Bob Case) upon it, the Load or great Part of it
slipt off and fell into the Pond almost close to the Barn. The
Barley being so very dry it slipt all at once and fell off but
thank God! no great damage at all sustained, but a little Barley
wetted. The Boy not hurt at all. DOCTOR THORNE
here again near the same time as Yesterday. Dinner today, boiled
Beef & a Partridge coned &c.
1802: September 3rd Friday - We breakfasted, dined &c.
again at home. DOCTOR THORNE here again today
near his usual time. My Throat being now all but well, the Doctor
says there is now no occasion of his coming every day to dress
it, as our own People can do that now very well, only putting
on a common Diacolon Plainer and a Bandage over it. Dinner today,
roast Beef &c. Mr. Press Custance sent us a nice little Melon
1802: September 6th Monday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Very ill indeed to day having had a very in-different
Night of rest last Night, owing to the Night Candle filling the
Room in being so long going out with intolerable Smoke & Stink.
Mrs. Custance with her eldest Daughter made us a Morning Visit,
as did Mr. Custance who came soon after they were here, on foot.
Dinner today, Part of the Breast of Veal broiled &c. DOCTOR
THORNE called here about Noon. I left off all dressings
to my Throat to day. Mr. Press Custance sent us three Partridges.
1802: September 23rd Thursday - We breakfasted, dined,
&c. again at home. I sent Ben this Morning after DOCTOR
THORNE being very ill. The Doctor came about 2. o'clock
and stayed with us, near an Hour. I am to have some Medicine to
Morrow Morn' sent me. My Legs and also Thighs swelled to day.
The blind Piles also very bad today and discharged a great deal
of thin watery nature. Dinner today, Leg of Mutton roasted &c.
I made a very good dinner upon the same. Mr. Press Custance sent
us a Leash of Partridges.
1802: September 24th Friday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. Sent Ben this Morning again to DOCTOR THORNE'S
after medicine, he returned home by 10 to breakfast with the same
& which I began taking at Noon. I hope that I am a little
better today tho' very weak. The Piles (tho' not worse) very painful)
& uneasy. Legs & Thighs, swelled (if anything) rather
more. Dinner today a Couple of Ducks roasted &c. I was very
indifferent the whole day.
1802: September 25th Saturday - We breakfasted, dined,
&c. again at home. I was very poorly again this Morn' so very
weak. Sent Briton early this Morning in my little Cart after divers
things wanted in House. Mrs. Custance made us a Morning Visit.
DOCTOR THORNE called on me this Morning again.
Dinner today, a Partridge Pye &c. A very nice Pye indeed it
turned out to us.
1802: September 27th Monday - We breakfasted, dined, &c.
again at home. I thought myself rather stronger this Morning.
MRS THORNE called on us this Morning about 12
at Noon and stayed with us till near 3 o'clock, about that time,
DOCTOR THORNE called on us and took his Wife
home to Mattishall in his Chaise. His Servant Man riding home
his Horse. Sitting so long a time together as I did before dinner
today, made me quite uneasy & ill. Dinner today, Cottage Pye,
1802: September 29th Wednesday - We breakfasted,
dined, &c. again at home. I seemed finely this Morn' tho'
both my Legs & Thighs were swelled rather more. DOCTOR
THORNE called here about Noon, and was rather surprised
to see both my Legs swelled. Hambleton Custance called here this
Morning in his Walk with his Gun and Dogs. Dinner today, a Goose
roasted being Michmas Day. The Piles being painful, still make
1802: July 31st – Burial at St Mary
The Virgin Church, North Elham, Norfolk - WILLIAM THORNE
a single man in his 54th year - This is
believed to be CAPTAIN WILLIAM THORNE, who is
mention several times in the above entries together with the THORNE
family - Sadly the last few days of Woodforde's diaries had been
torn out leading to many theories as to why!! - however, his death
is not there and neither is the one below.
1802: Oct 13th – Burial at All Saints
Church Weston Longville - HANNAH AGGS THORNE,
a single women - This is DOCTOR
ROBERT THORNE'S eldest daughter she was 31 years old
- she like CAPTAIN THORNE above was also mentioned
many times and Woodforde's niece, Nancy, would often stay with
the THORNE'S at Mattishall - The page referring
to this time and her burial has also been torn out!!
ROBERT THORNE born about 1713– Father to DOCTOR ROBERT
THORNE of Mattishall
Robert Thorn/Thorne was born about 1710
These could be Doctor Robert
is most likely Doctor Robert Thorne's father:
|1698: Oct 1st – Marriage at St Julian’s
Church, Norwich – LDS
John Thorn to Mary Johnson
|1713: Jun 26th - Baptism
at All Saints Church, Weston Longville
Robert Thorn son of Robert Thorn and Mary his
BELOW are what could be possible 'Siblings' or
'Cousins' to the Robert Thorne (1713 above) - although
sadly no records have been found to confirm any of these, however,
in 'Woodforde's Diaries' his entries make mention to several THORNE'S
who strongly appear to have a very close family relationship with
Doctor Robert Thorne (1743). They
are not in order but if anyone can expand on this we would love
to hear from you.
[A] Edward Thorne - married
Mary & Elizabeth Unknown - They were living at North
Elmham - they had a least two children;  Edward Thorne
baptised on May 6th 1747 (mother Mary) and  Thomas Thorne
, baptised Jan 21st 1748/9 (mother Elizabeth) - there
is no burial record for Mary but at this time records are vague
or have yet to be transcribed.  Edward
Thorne (1747) went to Norwich and became a cabinet maker,
he formed a partnership with Robert Leverington in 1772.
They had premises near St Stephens Church. In 1776 Parson Woodforde
purchased some furniture from them - see above diary - Edward
Thorne died in 1786 at the early age of 39 - he was buried
on Nov 5th at Weston Longville, Parson Woodforde took the
service - only three men attended the burial one was his brother
Thomas. - 
Thomas Thorne - (1749)
- See (B) below.
[B] Mr & Mrs Thorne
of Foulsham - Shopkeeper and Undertaker (where
Mrs Davy and daughter Betsy stayed) - This appear
to be Thomas Thorne baptised Jan 21st 1749 at North Elmham
- son of Edward Thorne, and Elizabeth (above -A)
- brother to Edward the Cabinet Maker of Norwich. - Thomas
Thorne, then of Litcham married Deborah Racham of St
Giles on January 30th 1783, at St Giles Church, Norwich - a witness
to the event was Edward Thorne - Thomas and Deborah had
children: - Elizabeth
Thorne, baptised Dec 29th 1784 at Litcham – Charlotte
Thorne, baptised, Jul 2nd 1786 – Robert Walker Thorne,*
baptised Aug 8th 1788 and Adianne Thorne baptised Aug 1st
1789, all at Foulsham –
*It is interesting to see Thomas gave his son the middle
name ‘Walker’ no doubt in respect to Doctor
Robert Thorne's sister, Mrs Mary Walker formerly Thorne,
who died only weeks previously in March of 1788.
Thorne - baptised April 26th 1713 at Little Witchingham, Norfolk,
the son of Robert Thorne and his wife Elizabeth
- Thomas lived at Lyng as did his sister (below - D) he
died at the age of 65 and was buried on Jan 19th 1777 at Weston
Longville - Parson Woodforde took the service -
Thomas did leave a Will - NRO, NCC. Will Reg Yellop no
30; Elsing Reg. - yet to be read.
Thorne - born about 1717 (possibly Rose and brother
to Thomas, - C above) the daughter of Robert Thorne
and his wife Elizabeth of Little Witchingham - Elizabeth
married Henry Baker a Butcher of Lyng on June 1st 1746
at Elsing, Norfolk - Elizabeth died in 1775 and was buried
on Dec 18th at Weston Longville - Henry died in 1793 -
Doctor Robert Thorne was Executor to his Will.
[E] Robert Thorne from
Billingford who was buried at North Elmham in Dec 1753 -
Is Robert, father or maybe brother to C & D above?
[F] Captain Thorne - Who
was he? - Woodford mentioned he lived at North Elmham - in another
entry it was Mattishall, although it could be a time he was prossibly
staying with Doctor Thorne - We also
know Woodforde used the term 'Captain' quite loosley - The only
records available of Thornes in North Elmham is : William
Thorne married Elizabeth (possibly Able) - 1744/5;
William Thorne of Weston married Liz Able of Lyng
at Elsing Church - Did William and Elizabeth have children? -
Later there is a record of a William Thorne living at Elmham
which featured in a journal dated Oct 1802; "The death of
W Thorne, Gent, At Elmham in his 54th year, formerly a
Lieutentant in the West Norfolk Militia." - Working backward
this could be William Thorn who was baptised on Dec 15th
1749 at St Mary The Virgin church, North Elmham son of William
Thorn and his wife Elizabeth -
However this does not answer the question of "who is Captain
Other Family members....
who are featured in James Woodforde's Diaries;
[G] Mrs Walker
formerly Thorne (Doctor Robert's sister Mary)
- She first makes a mention on March 19th 1788 when Woodforde
is informed of her death and then on March 24th when Woodforde
takes her funeral - Mary Thorne married Samuel Walker
a Surgeon of Walsingham on Oct 13th 1766 - They had two children,
Robert George Walker (1767) and Mary Walker (1769)
- both of Mary's children (more below) appears many times in Woodforde's
[H] 'Young Mr Walker'
son of Mary above [G] & Doctor
Robert's Nephew - 'Robert George
Walker' was baptised on Nov 23rd 1767 at St Nicholas Church,
East Dereham - Mr Walker is first mentioned in July 13th
1785, "Mr & Mrs Thorne (Doctor Robert &
wife Hannah) and their daughter Hannah and a Miss
Pinching, Mr Thorne's Nephew, Mr Walker an Attorney
about 18 years of age, Captain Thorne, Mrs Davy,
Betsy and Nunn came to our house for dinner."
- This appears to be the first meeting of Walker and Betsy
(to whom he later propose marriage) and from all accounts a good-time
was had by all as they sang and danced till 3 in the morning.
At first Woodforde was quite complimentary for he described
him a droll (an amusing person : jester, comedian) with a good
singing voice however, this was to change for less than five years
later he wrote "He now proves to be one of the most profligate,
wicked, artful, ungrateful and deceiving Wretches I ever heard
of" - See March 3rd 1790 - Young Walker died the following
month age just 23, Parson Woodforde took the funeral.
[I] Miss Walker daughter
of Mary above [G] & Doctor
Robert's Niece - 'Mary Walker'
was born on Jan 10th 1769 and baptised the same day at St Nicholas
Church, East Dereham - Miss Walker only appear a few times
in Woodforde's Diaries the first being Sept 25th 1788 (she
was about 19) when she joined a party to attend a concert at St
Andrews Hall, Norwich to hear Madam Mara (Gertrude Elizabeth
Mara nee Schmeling) a famous singer who had Near 100 performers
in her Orchestra - She and her brother took lodgings at a Mr
Curtis in St Gregory's and later joined Parson Woodforde,
his niece Nancy Woodforde, Mrs Davy together with
her daughter Betsy all, in Full-Dress were part of a recorded
audience of over 900 to attend the event - On January 10th ( Mary's
birthday 1792, She married Thomas Selby an Upholster
and Cabinet Maker who formed a partnership Punchard & Selby,
upper, Elm Hill. in 1792 - Mary & Thomas had at least
four children; Mary Walker Selby (1792) - Walker Selby
(1794) - Robert Thorne Selby (1795) - Catherine Selby
(1796) - Thomas died in 1797 (no record found) - Mary
remarried to Francis Hayes a widower of Wells-on-Sea, Norfolk
on Sept 30th 1801 - No further information
- Mary and her children have just disappeared!
[J] Mrs Thorne
and Daughters, Hannah & Mary Ann (Doctor
Robert Thorne's family) - See more below
About 1730: - Robert Thorn/Thorne
married Sarah Unknown
Robert and Sarah had one son, Samuel:
1731: Oct 31st – Baptism
at All Saints Church Weston Longville
 Samuel Thorn/Thorne son of Robert Thorn/Thorne
and his wife Sarah
Samuel died in 1811 – His wife Elizabeth died in 1812
– both buried at Weston Lonville – MORE on Samuel
Samuel Thorne married Elizabeth
Samuel and Elizabeth had children:
 1753: Feb 20th –
Baptism at Weston Longville
Robert Thorn son of Samuel Thorn and His wife
1792: Nov 6th Marriage
at Virgin Mary and Thomas Becket Church Wymondham
Robert Thorne, Bachelor of Hackford married Frances
Witness: T Wigg, M Granger and Sarah
was baptised on April 16th 1770 at Wymondham, daughter
of Robert Wigg, Gent and his wife Sarah ( Holmes,
Robert and Frances had children:
 1793: Sep – Baptism at The
Virgin Mary Church, Hackford
Frances Thorne daughter of Robert Thorne
and Frances his wife
Frances died about 18 months old
in 1795 and was buried on Apr 16th at Weston Longville
 1795: Mar 29th – Baptism ay
The Virgin May Church, Hackford
Elizabeth Thorne daughter of Robert Thorne
and Frances his wife
Elizabeth never married in the 1851
& 1861 census she was living with her younger brother
single Robert (see below) - in 1871 &1881 she was
living at the Lodge Horstead - Elizabeth died in 1886
age 91 and was buried on Dec 29th at Weston Longville
- Elizabeth commissioned the memorial dedicated to her
family which now hang on the north inside wall of All
Saints Church, Weston Longville.
 1796: May 1st or 8th – Baptism
ay The Virgin May Church, Hackford
Mary Ann Thorne daughter of Robert Thorne
and Frances his wife
Mary Ann married John Postal/Postle
(Gentleman) on Dec 19th 1839 at St Mary's Church, Burgh
No further records
 1797: Oct 22nd – Private Baptism
- Baptism ay The Virgin May Church, Hackford
Sarah Thorne daughter of Robert Thorne and
Frances his wife
Sarah was living with her younger
brother Robert in 1851 (see below)
Sarah died in 1852 age 54 and was buried on Aug 7th at
 1798: Oct 7th – Private Baptism at The Virgin
Mary Church, Hackford
Robert Samuel Thorne son of Robert Thorne
Robert never married in 1851 he
was a Farmer of 118 acres employing 5 men at Marsham near
Alysham close to Bolwick Hall - with him was his two spinster
sisters, Elizabeth and Sarah and 3 servants. - In 1871
we find his age 62 farming 60 acres and employing 3 men
- with him was his spinster sister Elizebeth age 66 and
2 servants - Robert died in 1866
 1754: Feb 3rd –
Baptism at Weston Longville
Elizabeth Thorn daughter of Samuel Thorn and Elizabeth his
Elizabeth Thorne of Morton
died age 19 in 1773 and was buried on Dec 15th at Weston
 1757: Aug 7th - Baptism
at St Margaret Church, Morton on the Hill
Rose Thorne daughter of Samuel Thorne and
Elizebeth his wife
Rose died as an infant and was buried
on Oct 9th 1757 at Morton on the Hill
 1758: ? 19th - Baptism
at St Margaret Church, Morton on the Hill
Mary Thorne daughter of Samuel Thorne and
Elizebeth his wife
spinster married Thomas Swanton, widower of Colton
on Oct 19th 1794 at St Peter's Church, Kimberley - by licence
- Witness was a Robert Thorne. - Thomas died in 1820
- Mary died in 1840 both were buried at Colton.
 1760: Jan 14th - Baptism
at St Margaret Church, Morton on the Hill
Anne Thorne daughter of Samuel Thorne and
Elizebeth his wife
spinster married Cook Leath, bachelor of Little Ellingham
on Dec 21st 1785 at the Virgin Mary Church, Hackford - Witnees
was a Robert Thorne - Anne & Cook
had Children: Richard Cook Leath (1786) - Elizabeth
Leath (1789-1789) - Thomas Thorne Leath (1790)
- Elizabeth Anne Leath (1791) - Mary Anne Leath
(1795) all baptised at St Peter's Church, Little Ellingham
- All Anne's children were named in her father's
 1768: Sep 4th - Baptism
at St Margaret Church, Morton on the Hill
Mildred Thorne born August 28th 1768 daughter of
Samuel Thorne and Elizebeth his wife
Mildred died as an infant and was
buried on Feb 15th 1768 ?? - this date is either wrong or
there was another Mildred before this one.
 1770: Nov 18th - Baptism
at St Margaret Church, Morton on the Hill
Martha Thorne born November 5th 1770 daughter of
Samuel Thorne and Elizebeth his wife
Martha died as an infant and was buried
on Nov 18th 1770 at Morton on the Hill
1811: May 31st – Burial
at Weston Longville
Samuel Thorne age 79 years a married man
1812: April 17th –
Burial at Weston Longville
Elizabeth Thorne age 80 years a widow
Memorial on the north inside
wall of All Saints Church, Weston Longville
To The Memory of
SAMUEL THORNE. GENT
Formerly of this parish, but late of
Hingham, in this County
Who died 26th of May 1811, age 79 years
Also ELIZABETH his Wife
Who Died 14th April 1812, aged 80 years
And ROBERT their son
Who Also Departed this Life
28th February 1827, age 74 years
Also of FRANCES, his
Who Died 25th April 1849, age 80 years
And SARAH Daughter of
ROBERT and FRANCES THORNE
Who Died 2nd of August 1852, age 54 years
ROBERT SAMUEL THORNE, Gent
The Only Son of
ROBERT and FRANCES THORNE
Who Died at Horstead in This County
31st March 1866, age 67 years
The Last Surviving Member of the Family
Who Died at Horstead in this County
23rd December 1886, age 91 years
By Whom This Tablet was
To Be Erected
Samuel' morther Sarah Died
1732: Nov 16th – Burial at All Saint Church,
1736/7: - Mar 12th – Marriage at St Giles
Robert Thorne Widow of Weston to Mary Kett Spinster
of Ramplingham – by licence
From Mary’s death record in 1778 she was born about 1720
– therefore at her marriage she would have been about 17
Mary could have been the daughter of Richard and Rachell Kett
who was baptised in Norwich on Nov 18th 1713
Robert and Mary had two children
 1737: Feb 5th – Baptism
at All Saints Church Weston Longville
Mary Thorn – daughter of Robert Thorn and
Mary his wife
Mary died age about 4 in 1741 and was
buried on Sept 30th at Weston Longville
 1738: Feb 25th - Baptism
at All Saints Church Weston Longville
Anne Thorn – daughter of Robert Thorn and
Mary his wife
Anne died age about 21 in 1759 and was
buried on June 25th at Weston Longville
 1739: Jan 24th - Baptism
at All Saints Church Weston Longville
Elizabeth Thorn – daughter of Robert Thorne
and Mary his wife
Elizabeth died a few days later and was
buried on March 5th at Weston Longville
 1741: Jul 12th –
Baptism at All Saints Church Weston Longville
Robert Thorne son of Robert Thorne and Mary
Robert died and was buried on Jan 14th
1741? at Weston – Son of Robert and Mary
 1743: Jun 2nd – Baptism
at All Saints Church Weston Longville - This
is DOCTOR ROBERT THORNE -
See more on Robert below
Robert Thorne son of Robert Thorne and Mary
Robert' Thorne’s Sister
who is also mentioned in Woodforde's diaries
 1746: Dec 25th – Baptism at Weston
Mary Thorne daughter of Robert Thorne and Mary
Mary Thorne married – Samuel
Walker (Gent) - Samuel was a Surgeon
at Walsingham, Norfolk
1766: Oct 13th – Marriage at St Mary’s
The Virgin Church, North Elmham
Samuel Walker, age 25, Gent of East Dereham to Mary
Thorne, age 19, Spinster – by licence
Witness: Roger Weston & Robert Thorne –
possibly Mary’s brother?
Samuel died although no record has been
Mary died in 1788 age 42 and was buried on Mar 19th - Parson
Woodforde took the service
Samuel and Mary had two children
 1767: Nov 23rd –
Baptism at St Nicholas Church, East Dereham
Robert George Walker son of Samuel Walker and
his wife Mary
Robert was an Attorney, he also featured
a lot in Woodfordes diaries, first in 1785 when he was 18
- Woodforde describes him as a good singer - Woodforde also
writes he was sweet on Betsy Davy and actually propose marriage
to her in March 1787 however, it turned out young Robert could
not handle money and Woodforde discovered he was some £1500
in debt - finally describing him "to be one of the most
profligate, wicked, awful, ungrateful and deceiving Wretches
I ever heard of, I never liked him." - Robert George
Walker died age 23 in 1790 and was buried on Thursday April
29th - Woodforde took the service, his last words of him were
"There was not the least Description on the coffin or
any kind of Ornament, quite plain and uncloured."
 1769: Jan 10th –
Baptism at St Nicholas Church, East Dereham
Mary Walker born Jan 10th 1769, daughter of Samuel
Walker and his wife Mary
Mary (Miss Walker) also appears in Woodforde's
diaries - Mary married Thomas Selby,* a single man,
by licence, on Jan 10th 1792 at St Andrews Church, Norwich
- Witness to her marriage was Robert Thorne (possibly
her uncle) and John Tomlinson - Mary would have been about
23 at this time.
The Directory of Furniture Makers:
* SELBY, Thomas, up, 1 Elm Hill, St Peter Hungate;
then Corner of Queen Street, St Michael at Plea, Norwich (1791-1797).
- 1791 - Punchard & Selby, up, Elm Hill. - 1792;
Marriage to daughter of Mr Walker of Walsingham, surgeon.
- Selby was trading for at least 3 years before obtaining
his freedom by purchase on 10/5/1794. He was presumably apprenticed
elsewhere, coming to Norwich to work in partnership with Robert
Punchard at the top of Elm Hill. He took an apprentice,
John Kerr, for £63 on 30/4/1794, a month before
obtaining his own freedom. The partnership with Punchard
was dissolved by mutual consent on 1/1/1795. Punchard
stayed in Elm Hill while Thomas Selby moved to the
Corner of Queen Street, “ near Messrs. Gurney’s
Bank”, where he became the only Norwich furnituremaker
to specialise in camp furniture: NC 13/6/1795: Camp Furniture,
Thomas Selby... informs Military Gentlemen that he
can... supply them with good Camp Furniture, of which a list
may be had at his Upholstery Warehouse... However the business
foundered, and within two years was in the hands of assignees:
NC 15/7/1797: Thomas Selby, of Norwich, Upholder, having
assigned over his Estate and Effects to Messrs. Barrow
and Scott, Cotton Manufacturers, in St. Michel’s
[sic] of Coslany, for the equal benefit of his Creditors...
- From the above info, Thomas, died
in 1797 although we have no record. Mary and Thomas
had children -
 1792: Nov 10th -
Baptism at St Peter Hungate church, Norwich
Mary Walker Selby
born Sep 29th 1792 daughter
of Thomas Selby and his wife Mary late Walker
- Note: Rec'd into church July 17th 1793
 1794: Mar 16th -
Baptism at St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich
Walker Selby born Feb 16th 1794 son of Thomas
Selby and his wife Mary late Walker - Note: Publicly
baptised Dec 11th.
 1795: Mar 15th -
Bapism at St Michael at Plea Church, Norwich
Robert Thorne Selby born Feb 8th 1795 son of Thomas
Selby and his wife Mary late Walker
 1796: May 22nd -
Bapism at St Michael at Plea Church, Norwich
Catherine Selby born Apr 28th 1796 daughter of Thomas
Selby and his wife Mary late Walker
Mary remarried; -
she would have been about 32
1801: Sep 30th - Marriage at St Julians
Church, Norwich - entry 313
Francis Hays, widower of Wells-next-Sea to Mary
Witnees: John Bevis, Anne and Deborah Jay
Doctor Robert Thorne's father died at the
early age of about 35 in 1748, he was buried in what Parson Woodforde
described as the' Family Vault' in the churchyard of Weston Longville,
Norfolk - Doctor Robert, in his Will, left a sum of money
toward the upkeep and maintenance of his late father's Tomb (sadly
long lost) - In just under three year later on the Christmas Eve
of 1751, Robert's mother remarried - Mary Thorne (widow)
to George Barton (widower) Farmer of Attlebridge - no records
have been found to confirm if Mary and George had any children
however, in the January of 1778 Mary died and her body
was brought the 20 mile journey from her home at Little Walsingham
to be buried at Weston Longville.
1748: Jul 15th – Burial
record at Weston Longville
Robert Thorne –
1751: Dec 24th – Marriage
at All Saints Church Marsham
George Barton, Widower of Attlebridge to Mary Thorne,
Widow of Weston – by Licence
Mary would have been about 27
Mary died in 1778 – she
was brought home to Weston Longville
1778: Jan 12th – burial at All Saints Churchyard
Mary Barton age 58 of Little Walsingham
George went on to marry again....
1783: Mr George BARTON, a considerable
farmer, to Miss Sarah NELSON, an agreeable Lady, of the
|ROBERT THORNE born about
1743 - Doctor and Surgeon of Mattishall
1743: Jun 2nd –
Baptism at All Saints Church Weston Longville
Robert Thorne son of Robert Thorne and his
wife Mary late Kett
Robert Thorne married Hannah
AGGS - No record found
Hannah was the daughter of John Aggs* (born Dec
20th 1710) and Sarah Kett (born Jan 23rd 1713)
John was a wealthy weaver and land owner in Mattishall
and Norwich - Hannah, had a younger brother, Thomas
Aggs (born Jul 28th 1750 in Mattishall) - the family
were Quakers and had connections with the Barclay and
Gurney banking family.
*The Aggs were a middle class Quaker
family of London and central England. There was a network
of mutual obligation among merchants, bankers, and manufacturers
arranging apprenticeships, investing in each other's
ventures, serving as executors for each other's estates,
a network that was cemented by a complex web of intermarriages.
The Hanbury and Aggs families were directly related
by the marriage of Thomas and Anna Christy Hanbury Aggs,
but were further tied by kinship with many of the other
important Quaker families of the day, including Gurney,
Barclay, Bell, Pease, Birbeck, Kett*, etc - [Was Robert's
mother (Mary Kett) also part of this network??]
Robert and Elizabeth three daughters:
 1772: Nov 18th –
Baptism at Norwich – Non Conformist Records
Hannah Aggs Thorn daughter of Robert Thorn
and Hannah his wife
Hannah died age 31, in 1802 a single
woman – She was buried on Oct 13th at Weston Longville
Source: LDS – This is also recorded under Northamptonshire??
– with all the same information
 1779: July 17th – Baptism
at Norwich – Non Conformist Records
Mary Ann Thorn daughter of Robert Thorn
and his wife Hannah
Source: LDS – This is also
recorded un Northamptonshire – with all the same
Marianne Thorne, spinster
married John Ebbetts, widower and Farmer on Feb 4th
1807 at All Saints church Mattishall by Licence –
witnesses Rachel Thorne and William Smith - Marianne
would have been about 28 years’ old
John and Marianne had two sons:
 1808: May 2nd
– Baptism at All Saints Church Mattishall
Robert Thorne Eddetts son of John Ebbetts
a famer and his wife Marianne late Thorne
1n 1851 Robert, 42, single, Annuitant
was living a Primrose Green Lyng with Edward G Marcon
a 28 year old single man and farmer of 277 Acres, employing
10 men, 4 boys and 4 women.
Robert Thorne Ebbetts died in the Jun quarter
of 1870 age 62 at Aylsham (4b 51) – he was a single
 1809: Mar 26th – Baptism
at All Saints Church Mattishall
Daniel Ebbetts son of John Ebbetts a farmer and his
wife Marianne late Thorne
No further information
Marianne died in 1837
1837: Nov 16th – Burial at St
Simmon and St Jude Norwich – entry 327
Marianne Ebbets age 58
 1784: May 9th - Baptism at Norwich
– Non Conformist Records
Rachel Ann Thorn, daughter of Robert Thorn
and Hannah his wife
Rachel must have died as no further
records are found
1820: Jan 24th –
Burial at All Saints Churchyard, Weston Longville
Robert Thorne age 69 (this should more like 77)
1825: April 18th - Hannah
Thorne, widow of Robert Thorne, late of Mattishall,
Surgeon, age about 81 - Burried on April 15th - Not a
Burial Place: Friends Burial Ground - Gildencroft Quaker
Cemetery is an historic cemetery in Chatham Street, Norwich
1825: April 16th – Norfolk Chronical
Aged 81 years (1744) - Mrs Hannah Thorne relict
of late Robert Thorne, Esq formerly an eminent
surgeon of Mattishall, Norfolk.
CAPITAL ESTATE AT MATTISHALL, IN NORFOLK.
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
by Mr. J. CULLEY,
On Saturday the 15th day of April, 1826,
At 4 o'clock in the Afternoon,
At the Norfolk Hotel, St. Giles's, Norwich,
Lot 1: - A Modern-built and substantial
MESSAUGE or DWELLING-HOUSE,
suitable for the residence of a genteel family,
with a coach-house, 4-stalled stable, granary,
and other convenient offices, lawn, and shrubberies,
containing about 2A. formerly the residence of
ROBERT THORNE, Esq. and lately of Mrs.
Brown; also several Inclusures of Land of very
excellent quality, containing about 11A. contiguous
to the house, with a Double Cottage and Barn,
now in the occupation of Mr. Gilding and his under-tenants.
Of this lot 2A. and 2R are copyhold, fine certain,
and the residue is freehold.
Land Tax …… £3 0s 0d
Quit Rent ……. 0 0 9d
Possession of the Premises lately in the occupation
of Mrs. Brown may be taken immediately by the
Lot 2: - Four Inclosures of very
good land in Mattishall aforesaid, adjoining each
other, and containing together about 18A and 2R.
and now in the occupation of Mr. Gilding. Copyhold—Fine
Land Tax ..... £1 17s 0d
Quit-Rent …. 0 14s 0d
Lot 3: - An Inclosnre of good
Land in Mattishall aforesaid, containing about
2A. also in the occupation of Mr. Gilding. Of
this Lot, 1A. IR 5P. are copyhold—fine certain—residue
Land-Tax …. 0 4s Od.
Quit-Rent ….. 0 0 6d
The Estate lies next the high
road leading from Mattishall to Dereham, and forms
either an advantageous investment for capital,
or a desirable purchase for occupation. Mattishall
is a large and pleasant village, and is situated
about 11 miles from Norwich and 3 miles from the
market town of Dereham.
For further particulars apply to Mr. M. Rackham,
solicitor, Dean's Office, Close, Norwich, or to
Property Sale of the late
ROBERT THORNE, Surgeon of Mattishall