Saturday 31st October 1846

“Had the unpleasant job to discharge James Hollingsworth from his employment as screener through repeatedly absenting himself.  But he saw and promised the master better attendance in future upon which a reconciliation was effected and he was permited to resume his employment.

The front of Buckingham Palace presents a different appearance from the commencement of the month [?] being encircled with boarding which extends round the front rails as far distant as the semi-circular pathway. The palace is to be enlarged which from the continued cart loads of rubble taken away and the cart loads of bricks taken in appears that the alterations to be undertaken will be very extensive.

The exterior and interior of St James’s Church Piccadilly is now undergoing a thorough repair and beautifying the windows of which are nearly half fresh glazed, which suffered extensively from the effects of the late storm.  The foundation of the new Rectory house on the same site as the old one is just commenced.

The gallery or bridge in Richmond Mews, Richmond Buildings, back of our house which … Pianoforte maker to the premises opposite has been roofed over with glass.

The weather this month has shown appearance of the approaching winter with … fogs which last 10 days has been very prevalent.”

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Sunday 3rd May 1846

“Rose about 7 and went to coffee shop in High Street, St Giles’s, to read news of the week. After breakfast made for old Chelsea church and met some of our coal porters – Filkin, carman, Hollingsworth, screener, and Robinson, lighterman. After service I got prying about into all corners of the church looking for old dates, and when I went to make my exit, lo and behold I found the doors locked upon me and the door keepers all gone, an occurrence which I was mightily pleased at in that I had ample time to look over the antiquities, which I did, taking down epitaphs, examining some curious old books; went up to the top of the tower and walked about – ‘a fine view of the Thames from thence’; got up in the pulpit etc. When at 20 minutes past two I was released from my captivity, after rather alarming the door keeper who seemed startled to find an inhabitant at that hour, made best way home for dinner, which was of course nearly cold, and stopped the afternoon at home and had tea with poor old Granny Shepard. — Gave ditto £1 to pay into bank. — After tea went to see Ann and took my coins which we looked privately over. — Got to no good neither though no great damage done. — Afterwards took walk up Tottenham Court Road and accompanied Granny Shepard from Soho Chapel homeward to Hertford Street.”


[Editor’s note: No entries on 4th or 5th May]

Monday 30th March 1846

“Bought an old three-cornered beaver cocked hat of James Hollingsworth, screener at Wharf. The maker’s name inside is Lock, hatter, St James’s Street, London. It no doubt formerly belonged to a gentleman, but it is one of the has-beens. Executed this morning at the Old Bailey Thomas Wicks, aged 20 years, for the murder of James Bostock, his master – see back February 16th. At quarter before 10 o’clock this morning the remains of Mr Liston, who died 22nd instant were consigned to the Earth in the cemetery at Kensall Green.”