Sunday 19th July 1846

“Rose at half past 5 o’clock, breakfasted, and prepared for journey to Richmond. Started and got as far as Lambeth when, rain coming on, I turned into a coffee shop, No 37 High Street. The clouds gathering thick, I turned back and was caught in a shower. Reached home 10 minutes past 10 o’clock. Started soon afterwards for the church of St Margaret Pattens, Rood Lane, Eastcheap. Dinner cold beef and cucumber.  Stopped at home all the afternoon looking over maps and books. Going to church this morning, I saw that a fire had broke out in the premises 76 Newgate Street, corner of Bath Street, City, which had broke out in the lower premises and, strange to say, had but little damaged the first floor while the upper ones were completely gutted (it was a coffee shop). — Expected Ann after, but was disappointed, she having gone to Tottenham Chapel instead, which was the best act. — After tea went into Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, to see the new church (just consecrated). Flocks of persons waiting before the doors were open to see the interior, and many were turned back, but I succeeded in getting admitted. It is certainly somewhat of a novelty in the build, but it is visible that economy has been the chief thing studied, combined with a little elegance. The pews are very plain and somewhat singular, having such low doors to them as almost to lead one to believe they were free. The pulpit is let in the wall in a singular way; the gallery seemed to me to be very dark, though built in a light style. Made my exit before service commenced and returned home.  Went to Serpentine and bathed therein, accompanied by Matthew Ward. It was half past 9 before I got there and every bather was gone, so I had it to myself. Had pint beer and biscuits in Dover Street, Piccadilly.”


[Editor’s note: No entries on 20 or 21 July]

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Thursday 16th July 1846

“Met George Walker, a very old acquaintance of mine whom I have known about 16 years and whom I have not seen for above two years, since which he has grown amazingly tall. He was standing under archway of the Wharf, when I was coming out of the rain. St John the Evangelist Church, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, consecrated by the Bishop of London.”

Sunday 10th May 1846

“Rose 6 o’clock, went to Nockold’s Coffee Shop in High Street, St Giles’s. After breakfast went to St Luke, Chelsea New Church, heard sermon preached for the aid of the erection of the hospital now being built in Fulham Road for consumption and diseases of the chest by Mr Montgomery, Minister of Percy Chapel, Charlotte Street, a man of wonderful flow of speech, very learned, and nowadays of great note, so much so that an hour before the chapel doors open, people are seen to be waiting thereat to get a front seat. His text this morning was Proverbs ch 22, v 2, ‘The rich and poor meet together, the Lord is the maker of them all’. Had dinner of beef steaks owing to mother’s illness. After ditto went out with Ann, first to the Cemetery Kensal Green, thence to Willesden about the churchyard and cage. Had refreshment at the White Hart opposite the cage.  Returned homeward down the lane and through … . This day 50 years ago was Granny Shepard married at the church of St Andrew by the Wardrobe near Blackfriars.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 11 May]