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]


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.”