Good Friday 10th April 1846

“Rose soon after 5 o’clock and took walk to Chelsea Bun House – great bustle. From thence to Wharf till 10 o’clock. Coals sold 21 tons 7 sacks. Money taken £11 7s 0d. Liberated at half past 10 and went and afterwards took walk till dinner time. Had for dinner boiled beef and pancakes. Granny Shepherd present after. After ditto took walk with Ann through the City, Shoreditch, Kingsland, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill to Tottenham and returned by the Western Road and ate some buns which she purchased, seating ourselves in a field near the four mile stone. Had pint porter at public house in the road upon which is written the following: ‘Queen Victoria halted here 1843’. Proceeded onward home down Maiden Lane, being none the fresher for my walk, my feet … me.”


[Editor’s note:  The Chelsea Bun House on Jews Row (now Pimlico Road) was mentioned by Swift in 1711.  It is said to have been closed down in 1839 having sold 24,000 buns on Good Friday.]

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Sunday 1st February 1846

“Morning, went to the Church of St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street. Had for dinner an unusual dish viz roasted hare, and I wish it to remain unusual, for it is poor, dry eating when compared with beef or mutton. Afternoon, took walk with Ann Fox up Maiden Lane to Highgate. From thence to Hampstead. — Sat ourselves on a stone in the churchyard. — Returned by Hampstead Road etc. Homeward met George King and his brother Henry in Carlisle Street. He has lately left Nodes and is now in a lawyer’s office. Saw a very aged man at the top of Maiden Lane near Copenhagen House, with a large placard on his breast stating his age to be 92 years. Gave him a penny for the curiosity of himself, for old age was written in his face and limbs. — Paid into bank 20s, making total £16. –“


[Editor’s note:  Of the four undertakers’ companies by the name of Nodes listed in the Kelly’s Post Office Directory for 1846, Nathaniel is referring to Henry Oliver Nodes, undertakers, 7 Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road, where he had formerly worked until his dismissal, which is related in the diary on April 20th]