Sunday 13th September 1846

“Bathed at Mechanics Bath, Queen Street. Morning went to the church of St Martin Outwich by the New Road and Shoreditch. A church has just been completed in Old Street Road. Went round to see if I should meet Mrs Skirriker, great grand-daughter of John Bunyan, but was unsuccessful. A new stone has been lately fixed against 103 Bishopsgate Street Without, corner of Spital Square, showing the City bounds A D 1846.  Afternoon took walk to St Paul’s Cathedral and took down in scrapbook the Latin inscription … of Doctor Samuel Johnson as also that of Sir Christopher Wren … — Got her drawers off at last, but to no purpose. — Took walk with M Ward in evening.”

Thursday 20th August 1846

“Old Walker, proprietor of the hotel, 33 Dean Street, Soho, corner of Queen Street, has had his house lately pointed down and painted, and has this day had a square lamp fixed, lit with gas, which till now has been a round one with tin top and lit with oil, and which was no doubt the original one put up when the house was built, which is about 160 years. This is an alteration which I am both surprised and displeased at as the house preserved its ancient look so like hotel and tavern of the 17th century. The proprietor thereof is very old both in years and fashion, wearing at all times a black suit with breeches and black stockings, and as I have heard saw Margaret Nicholson attempt to stab George III.”

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]

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.”