Friday, 2 December 2011

23rd February 1764

Mr Richard Lipptrot married Widow Collins - Thursday

Her name was Frances - I've found the marriage record. They were married in St Mary's

Monday, 21 November 2011

17th February 1764

Paid Chare Hire to Carrey my Wife & her Sister to Reurn Their Brides Vissetts

Elizabeth's sister was Barbara. I haven't found anything about her marriage yet or was she single and just accompanying her sister?

There's lots about Sedan chairs here.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Sunday 5th Feb 1764

Maid my appearence with my wife at St Peters Church. She had come to see heras Follows Mrs Young Miss Streley Mr Richard Mrs Evans Mrs Toopotts Miss Petterer Miss Grant Miss Leatham Mrs Abbey Mrs Cox Mrs Green Miss Mather Mrs Biggs by Mrs PlowmanMiss Jerom Mrs Burin Miss Bilby Mrs Partridge Miss Cant Mrs Truman Mrs Gibson Mrs Boot Miss Burditt The Revd Mr Chappell Mr Knowles Miss Bigsby Miss Mason Mrs Heathcoat Mrs Edge Miss Rosin &Mrs Tutin Mrs Bettison & Mrs Allison

It would seem that the first appearance in church of a married couple was quite an event.

Mr Chappell was newly married himself but his wife is not in the list.

The name "Toopotts" caught my eye - there are no google results for that and very few for Topotts.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

1st February 1764

The Revd. Mr Graham Chappell was married to Esqr. Warron's Widow of Stableford Wednesday

One of Thomas's marginal notes.

Unsurprisingly, Thomas's information is corroborated by other historical records - Graham Chappell of Orston, married Bridget Warren in Stapleford.

That would have taken place in St Helens

Bridget Warren was really slumming it marrying a clergyman! This is her son by her first marriage

Graham Chappell was curate at St Mary's Orston.

Monday, 26 September 2011

19th January 1764

Thursday was Married with the Said Elizabeth Newton at St Peters Church in St Peters Parish in Nottingham betwixt the Hours of 8 & 9 O'Clock in the Morning by the Revd. Edward Chappell Rector of the Said Parish of St Peters in Nottingham
gave him for marring of us 10/6
gave the Clark 4/- Saxton 2/- Ringers 10/6
the Waites of the Town 5/-
Drumer 2/-
Gloves given away on the marriage 12 pair of Kidd Gloves 22/- per Dozn
Bride Cake 12 pounds Mr Topotts 12/-
8 Bottles Red and White Mountain 13/4
2 quarts of Rumm 5/-
8 Wine Glasses 4/6
1 Bottle French Brandy 2/6

8 am? Imagine the response if you sent out the invitations for that time today!

The "Saxton" should be "Sexton", effectively the church caretaker.

I've mostly drawn a blank about 18th century marriage customs but this family history site shows that there was a Topott family living in St Peter's Parish in the 18th century and that they were confectioners!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

18th Jan 1764

abt. 7 o'Clock at Night Bought Licence of the Revd. Mr Edward Chapell to be married with Miss Elizabeth Newton Daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Newton Gunsmith in Nottingham and cost me £1.4s6d Her father went w me for the Licence.

At last! Thomas really doesn't seem to be in any hurry to get married, does he?

Edward Chappell was the Rector of St Peter's Nottingham from 1725 until his death in 1767. There is a monument to him in the church and you can see it on the church's website.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

18th March 1763

at 3 o'Clock in the morning Sett of in the Coach for Nottingham
Paid Coach Hire to Nottingham £1.8:0d

19th March 1763
Got to Nottingham abt. 7 o'Clock at Night and Cost me Expences in Coming Down to Nottingham 10/6
and Came to be at Mr Saml. Newtons

39 hours! In a coach! Suddenly our trains seem fast! (London to Nottingham is a little under two and a half hours today).

Samuel Newton is the father of Thomas's fianceé - are they finally going to get married?

Friday, 15 July 2011

17th March 1763

Spent at the Swan with Two Necks in Lad Lane in Punch with some of my acquaintance 4s
& Lay their that Night Paid for my Bedd 12d

Paid Linen Washing 4/6 Newspapers 2/-

Newspapers were not for the ordinary man at that price, were they?

The Swan with Two Necks is long gone but here is what it looked like around 1800

The pub name 'The Swan with Two Necks' is a corruption of the phrase 'The Swan with Two Nicks' meaning a swan with the Swan-Mark of the Vintners Company. (source)

And the pub was mentioned in Pepys Diary on the 5th April 1664.

It was a major coaching inn during the 18th century, of 28 mail coaches which left London each night, half were horsed at this inn. (More information)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

17th March 1763

Paid Mr Benjm. Wigglesworth Two Pounds Eleven Shillings in full for six weeks Board and Lodgeing and Four Shillings for a Quarters Shaveing which is in full of all Demands.

Thomas is paying his bills!

16th March 1763

Paid for a Box Hoard to pack my things in 2/2
Paid Carriage to Nottingham 3/6

That's all that shopping Thomas has been doing! Off to Nottingham. Do I hear Wedding Bells at last?

Monday, 4 July 2011

5th March 1763

Went to see Adamses Curiositys spt. 9d

I can't find anything about this display!

EDIT: A mention to a friend about this told me that Sir John Soane's Museum has much of what Robert Adam himself referred to as his Curiosities. I have now spoken to the person at the museum who is working on the catalogue of these items. Much of the collection was drawings done by Robert Adam on his grand tour of Italy. They provided the inspiration for his architecture. There were other items besides the drawings but most are not in the museum collection. However, many of the drawings are shown online and you can see them just as Thomas did! Thomas saw them about 4 years after Robert Adam returned from Italy. Obviously anything later than 1763 was not there for Thomas to see on this visit.

Friday, 27 May 2011

23 February 1763

Went to Covent Garden to See and Oritorio of Alexanders Feast With the Coronation Anthem Violin Mr Hays organ Mr Stanley the King and Queen & all the Royal Family was their and Cost me 5/-

Alexander's Feast
is by Handel, of course. This data base shows that there was another performance on the 25th with the same performers. It also tell us that Thomas sat in the first gallery, presumably what would be called the Dress Circle today.

And here is a link to tell you about the Coronation Anthem including a chance to hear the music!
There is a picture of Covent Garden Theatre at the right sort of date here.

The Monarch remains George III, pictures of him & Queen Charlotte here.

Monday, 23 May 2011

9 November 1762

Lord Mayor Show & went to see all the Companeys Barges & Lord Mayor & the State Coach.
Spt 6d Oysters & aples & pares 3

The Lord Mayor in 1762 was William Beckford. Thomas has mentioned him before, when he was elected to Parliament. Here is his portrait when he was Lord Mayor.

There is a statue of William Beckford in the Guildhall, London
The State Coach is in the Museum of London.

On a more personal level, Thomas is still shopping. He returned to the Triton for more porcelain and bought a Japan Tea chest (14/-) and his landlord, Mr Dale, has sold his business to Benjamin Wigglesworth, but I haven't found anything about either gentleman.

Monday, 4 April 2011

4th Oct 1762

Bot. 2 Sugar Basons 2/- on Board the Triton Indiaman Deptford & 6 Blue & white Coffee Cups 3/-

Thomas is still preparing for married life but he doesn't seem to be in any hurry, does he?
The Triton is interesting. She was built for the French East India company and captured by Captain James Cook RN in May 1756. There is an account online of how it happened. This contains the sentence "It does not appear to have been taken into service by the Navy. " No, she was sold to the East India Company!

13th Went to Baggenigee Wells & Garden Spt 6d

The mineral springs in the garden of Baggenige House were discovered in 1760, after which it became a famous spa/pleasure garden see here for more.

The site of the house, now 63 Kings Cross Road, is marked by a plaque

Sunday, 6 March 2011

17th September 1762

Gave to see the Queen's African Ass which was made a present to her by one of our Captins. Its a most beautiful Creatur 6d

Thanks to a knowledgeable reader, I have found this "Creatur"!

It was a female zebra. Some sources claim it was a Quagga (now extinct) but there is a contemporary portrait of her.
This is a print held in the British Museum after a painting by Stubbs

The curator's notes say

"The zebra was kept at Buckingham House and caused great interest. For a contemporary account, see the London Magazine, July 1762; according to a note on an impression of the illustration in the magazine (1862,1011.556), when the animal died it was stuffed and displayed at the Leverian Museum, Blackfriars Road."

Other sources say she lived at Kew and yet more in St James's Park. Perhaps the zebra lived in different places at different times?

For comparison, here is a quagga

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

7th July 1762

went to VauxHall to see the Cheroque King and Two Chieffs it was said their was above Six Thousand pople there spt 18

Originally allied with the British against the French in North America, the Cherokee nation fought a war which they called "war against those in red coats" from 1758-61. Henry Timberlake brought 3 of the chiefs to London in 1762 to show their goodwill. They were Ostenaco (the "King"), Standing Turkey & Wood Pigeon. They dined with George III, met many important people and sat for Joshua Reynolds. Their interpreter died on the journey to England so no-one is quite sure what they said!!!

Henry Timberlake left memoirs and is much better known in the US than in UK as far as I can see from Google.

Monday, 10 January 2011

28th June 1762

Went to Woolidge & went on Board the Warwick Indiaman. Bout. a Silk Handkerchief 4/-
and See the Warren & all the Cannons morters Bum Shells & Cannon Balls came back through Hanging wood so to Charlton where Horne Fair is kept so to Greenwich Deptford & home spent their 12

Warwick was a Ship of course - belonging to the East India company. Read about such ships here. It would seem that the Warwick was not exactly new when Thomas went aboard on that June Monday. (Now he isn't at work, his trips out are not confined to Sundays as they were at the beginning of this blog). The ship is mentioned in the London Magazine for 1752.

The Warren is the old name for the Royal Arsenal

Hanging Wood - the remains and there is an interesting post abou it in the Greenwich Phantom's blog

The Horn Fair - this fair, suppressed in the 19th century has been revived