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.”

Wednesday 29th July 1846

“Cut in brick of Wharf Clerk’s office the year the same was built, ‘AD1845’, very legible. Prince Albert was at Magnus’s Slate Works, Pimlico, this afternoon, but I knew it not till he was gone.

The weather the forepart of this month has been very dry and mild, but the latter week has been exceedingly warm and a rare time for the bugs.

Died lately Lord William Russell, GCB, an elder brother of the Premier, Lord John Russell, rather prematurely, being only two years older than Lord John. The deceased was second son of the late Duke of Bedford. Lord George William Russell has been usually called Lord William Russell since the death of his uncle, who was murdered by Courvoisier. His lordship was born in Harley Street, London, on the 8th of May 1790, and had therefore only just completed his 56th year. It is supposed that he died at Geneva whither he had gone for the benefit of his health.

There is a piece of vacant ground in Queen Street, Pimlico, opposite King Street, for building a church, school and pa…, foundation whereof is dug and the walls of the same … few feet. A board near states that its name is to be St Barnabas. A new street has also been made and named Church Street.”


[Editor’s note: No entries on 30 or 31 July]

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.”

Monday 6th July 1846

“Grosvenor Canal, Pimlico, water let out for the mud to be taken away, which occurs annually. Evening, after business, some of the coalheavers with a net dragged the canal and caught fish of variety – a cold damp evening to be paddling about up to the armpits in mud and water. Purchased eight old prints this evening in Princes Street, opposite George Yard. Chief Justice Sir Connyngham Tyndale died at his temporary residence near Folkestone aged 70 years.”


[Editor’s note: The Chief Justice’s name was Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal]

 

Thursday 18th June 1846

“A fancy bazaar held in the Royal Gardens of Chelsea Hospital in aid of the Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest. Many of the nobility there, tents and booths erected. Brought home new hat from Quick’s of Pimlico, price 10s 6d. Uncle John Shepard continues to get worse, unable to leave his bed.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 19 June]

Tuesday 16th June 1846

“Ordered a new beaver hat to be made at Quick’s Hat Manufactory, Pimlico.  It is to be a broad-brimmed – height of crown seven and three eighths inches, brim two and five eighths inches.  The new carriage road in front of Chelsea Hospital opened for public traffic for the first time.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 17 June]