Saturday 21st November 1846

“Westminster Bridge – workmen were employed in levelling the parapets on either side of the bridge with the footway, preparatory to wooden palings being erected in lieu of the former balustrades. Soon as the work is finished, the bridge will be open again for the use of vehicles, and in that condition will remain until the new bridge is completed. Received intelligence from Granny Shepard of the death of Mrs Wilcocks, aged about 40, wife of Mr Thomas Wilcocks, pork butcher, Tottenham Court Road, corner of Chapel …, who died this morning early after about two months illness, and whose body yet remaineth uninterred. The Princess Royal, first daughter of the present Queen Victoria, completeth her 6th year.”


[Editor’s note: The Princess Royal was Victoria (1840-1901), later wife of Friedrich III of Prussia and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II.]

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Sunday 28th June 1846

“Rose at 5 o’clock and went to the Mechanics’ Bath, Little Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, for first time this season and had a dip. Breakfasted and then went to Bow. Got there at quarter past 10 o’clock, took inscription off tablet in the church, stayed service time and dined at coffee shop in Bow. Left ditto quarter past 2 and strolled towards Poplar and Blackwall. Got too far off, walked side river towards home and took the steamboat from Poplar to Hungerford. Arrived home about quarter past 5 o’clock and had tea, and afterwards — Ann Fox came up, but I could do nothing with her having a plaster between her legs in consequence of the soreness there. — Uncle John Shepard much better this week, having attended his chapel morning and evening. Queen Victoria crowned eight years today – bells ringing merrily.”

Saturday 27th June 1846

“Mother completes her 49th year, and her fifth of her marriage with Matthew Ward. Sir Robert Peel and his colleagues tendered their resignations, which Her Majesty accepted, and sent for Lord John Russell to Construct a Cabinet, which he did accordingly.”

Saturday 20th June 1846

“William Monk, brother to Henry Monk, an extensive charcoal dealer of Leeder Street, Chelsea, died about this time in Chelsea, aged about 48 years. He was afflicted with an asthmatical complaint, which at times he suffered much from. I am troubled with a terrible feverish headache, which, if it does not abate by Monday, I shall be unable to attend the office. Nine years since the accession of Queen Victoria to the throne, in commemoration of which the Park guns were fired. Mr Guest completes his 61st year.”

Tuesday 9th June 1846

“Uncle John Shepard completes his 43rd year today – a sorry birthday for him – being laid up with the lumbago in his back and almost helpless.  The Queen’s birthday kept today – illuminations in the larger houses of business in the West End.”