Saturday 1st August 1846

“A very remarkable heavy thunder and hail storm commenced this afternoon which will not be soon forgotten by those who witnessed it. It began with tremendous heavy rain, accompanied by flashes of lightning, and some very loud claps of thunder, followed by a hail storm hardly remembered by man living. The stones that fell were larger than marbles, and heavier, and some few might be seen to measure the size of a halfpenny. Those persons having skylights and summer houses are severe sufferers thereby, it having almost without exception smashed every of them. Reid’s Stone Wharf and Magnus’s Slate Works napped it in their skylights while a florist in Elizabeth Street, Pimlico, had his glass house literally demolished. It also caused a sad accident to happen to a poor man named Samuel Pritchard, who sent to Wharf for half ton coals, which was loaded into his cart, and the force of the hailstones falling caused the horse to fall, which broke both shafts of the cart, besides damaging the harness, and slightly hurting the horse. Mr G Lea’s staircase skylight was smashed and the lower storeys of all houses were almost inundated. People might be seen dipping the water by pailfuls out of their kitchens and areas, and some using pumps. The fall of water was so great as to have like to have sunk our ‘Sal’ barge.  Richmonds Buildings had not escaped having the skylight smashed and the rooms nearby flooded. The storm commenced about half past three and continued unceasingly for three hours.”

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Tuesday 7th July 1846

“Cats’ meat man came to Wharf first time. Dined at beer shop in Elizabeth Street, Pimlico, first time. Met old Mr William Nodes at Buckingham Palace Gates waiting to see some of the grand folks going to an entertainment in the Palace. Walked homeward with ditto as far as Oxford Street from whence we parted. William Henry Wade completed his 16th year.”

Saturday 13th June 1846

“Met an old schoolfellow of mine at coffee shop in Elizabeth Street. Have not seen him before for about nine years – his name Parsons. Regularly mucked out the office by myself, swept floor, dusted shelves, and cleaned windows by my own free will. If I had been ordered to do it, it would have gone ill with me as formerly. Two of our men, Whiffin and Burton, had the impudence to bathe in the canal in broad daylight and before several spectators. This is a penalty if known. Mother taken much worse, not expected to live the afternoon through. Sent for me to go up; I went. She said but little otherwise than that she thought she should not live long and squeezed my hand as if it was for the last time – ‘time will prove’.”

Saturday 4th April 1846

“This day coals sold only 29 tons and four cwt in consequence of having no best coals, the neglect of Robinson the lighterman, who instead of attending business got drunk, and which behaviour has caused his discharge, which I waited till half past 10 o’clock to give him, but which job I escaped for he came not. Hair cut in Queen Street, Pimlico, and shaved in Elizabeth Street and washed, all while waiting.”