Friday 11th December 1846

“Died this evening at his residence, the Foot Guards Suttling House, Whitehall, Mr Brice McGregor in the 65th year of his age, formerly of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards. He was a native of Argyleshire and entered at Glasgow into the 3rd Guards 1799. In 1821 he was discharged, receiving a handsome pension and appointed Keeper of the Foot Guards Suttling House. Afterwards appointed Yeoman of the … at St James’s, which place he held till his death. It is … he has left a … not less than £15,000 … liberal … many in … in … country and London. Snow has made its appearance for first time and continued to fall through the morning accompanied by a very sharp frost. The wife of William Filkins, carman, delivered of her first child since her marriage – a boy – about 11 o’clock am. Purchased an old edition of Herveys Meditation 1750 for 1s in Bozier Court, Tottenham Court Road.”

[Editor’s note: A suttling house provided food and drink to soldiers.]

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.]

Sunday 18th October 1846

“Very wet morning. Went to New Tottenham Court Chapel, Grafton Street, Tottenham Court Road in conseqence of the weather preventing me going to my regular church. The rain descended in such torrents that I was obliged to wear two coats and carry umbrella likewise, even then I returned home wet, it raining without ceasing. At home all the afternoon reading History Queen Anne etc. — After tea had Ann up as usual. Carried on the same game as heretofore. — Took walk in evening with Ann through Fleet Street etc returned home quarter past 9 o’clock.”

[Editor’s note: No entries on 19 or 20 October]

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]

Monday 20th April 1846

“(From the Times newspaper) ‘Melancholy Event’. Died on the 20th instant in her 31st year of rapid consumption, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr Henry Oliver Nodes of No 7 Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road. A former mistress of mine whose service I left about May 1842 owing to a misunderstanding arising between us, in which she called me a fool, to which I made answer ditto, hastily, but unmeaningly, and which insult she never forgave me, but had me discharged forthwith without notice but with a week’s wages instead.”

Friday 17th April 1846

“Business of the day over early, left Wharf before 7 o’clock (unusually early).  Called on Ann at Mrs Kennington’s.  She was laid up last Monday owing to the fatigue of the previous day’s walk.  Had tea at the Silver Lion Coffee Shop in Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, met with there John Coombs, a former companion of mine whom I have not seen before for the last year past.”

[Editor’s note: No entry on 18 April]


Thursday 2nd April 1846

“The new church lately erected in Chester Square, Pimlico, and named St Michael’s was this day (Thursday) consecrated by the Bishop of London.

Purchased an old print in Westminster, ‘The Portrait of John Milton the Poet at the age of 21 years’ in dark frame glazed. Took pair of heavy boots to Discombe to be sewn, the sole half coming from the uppers. He has took a small shop in Goodge Street, near John Street.  Had tea at Butler’s Coffee Shop, Tottenham Court Road.”