Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0160
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

manage quite so well made and obliged to make a point of her coming down to breakfast on
account of my aunt on my uncle's death had asked her for a limited time could do no other my aunt
not then able to bear it just also hinted that Tib was sso considerate as ssome would have been
about the cat not pleasant in an apartment where it could not go out Mrs. Dalton quite agreed so
did Bell afterwards when merely the cat was mentioned I think they they are at heart of the same opinion
as everybody else about Tib but are [illegible] shy of owning it and praise her excessive cleverness and a
greeableness and amiability and say she is a delightful creature how can all this be π [Mariana] used to
fancy them worldly ~ Sat a little while with Marianne tête à tête in her painting room — She would ha
ve it she knew I liked her better than any of them she could see it by my manner said her feelings were
too strong could have married a man nothing against him fortune talent (not quite so good
a family as her own) but she could not attach herself to him she is all devotion no one can
love like her she must have all or none she would flirt with me but I am now too old a bird and fight
shy — walked in the garden with Mrs. Dalton then a little turn with IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] — but a few drops of rain sent us in about 4 —
sat a little with Mr. Dalton in his study — Dressed Sat a little with Mrs. Dalton and Marianne in the latter's room — then dressed — dinner at 5 1/2 — Mr. (James) Wright dined with us —
in the evening music from the 3 girls Esther, Elizabeth, and Caroline — duets on the piano by all 3 — piano and
harp by the 2 former, and then Esther on the organ — all play well — Esther very well — Staid down and
prayers as yesterday, and came to my room at 11 — Marianne called me into her room to wish her good night and
would gladly enough have kept me but I was not inclined and came away in a minute or two as
quickly as I could she had begun after dinner with foolish nonsense would call me nanny and soon
I taking all in good part but inwardly no way taken with the silly impertinence ~ IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] came to my room, and
sat with me till 12 50/60 — Madelen at Sleningford flirts with Cecil Mr. James Dalton calls her a red mangy
(the irruption on her face) bitch and cannot bear the folly her father says a fine handsome young
fellow like Cecil cannot be taken with such a face and it must be all her doing ~ merely a few
drops of rain about 4 — fine day, everybody complaining, it was cold —

Saturday 17
8 1/2
10 1/2
Breakfast about 9 1/2 or rather later — Sat talking a little to Mrs. Dalton their butcher's bills have been £300
a year and £200 a year — vary very much — 11 servants, 8 women and 3 men — 1 hour or 1 1/2 hour packing —
At breakfast Marianne and her nonsense calling me nanny she asked how I liked I said the name
was certainly quite new to me and surprised but I was otherwise indifferent about it what
a goose she is and I now rather dislike her ~ she told me yesterday she only painted to please
her father her own happiness was to lie in bed reading a good novel ~ Sat a few minutes with Mr. Dalton
in his study — a momentary take leave of Marianne and all the rest of the girls in her painting room —
then sat with Mrs. Dalton — she summed up what I said, they said in Paris I ought to buy for visiting next
winter to £118, which she said would dress her for 2 years — Left the party at 1 55/60 — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] — would see me
off — we walked about — went into the church yard — off at 2 10/60 in the Telegraph (4 inside coach) for Durham —
only one man inside besides myself, and he left us at Darlington, and I was alone the rest of the way —
Croft to Darlington . 4
Darlington to Durham . 18
Durham to Sunderland . 13
The footman took my liggage [luggage] and the butler went to open me the coach door
for which each got half a crown I have no intention returning
to my friends at Croft or meeting them in July at Hartlepool as they
wish me to do for a few days or as long as I can Marianne would te
aze and not one of the rest would repay me ~ incurred a cross just [illegible] after leaving Rushyford thinking
of π [Marianna] ~ Got to Darlington (and change horses) in 35 minutes, a nice town - neatly kept handsome looking church — a Greek
cross  [therefore] looking all of a heap — at the far end of the Town, left, the 'Eldon main, Fire coal 7/6 a ton —

[margin text:] Letter this morning (about noon) from Mrs. Duffin, York,
to say her nephew Matthew was elected to fellow to Christ
Church Oxford — all her father wished — read aloud to Mr. Dalton
the kind messages to him and Mrs. Dalton — to go to the Duffins when they
want a bed in York etc. etc.

lime coal 6/8 a ton' — change horses at Rushyford, a singly-standing neat-looking splashed Inn
1/2 way between Darlington and Durham — here the road turns off westward to Bishop-auckland which being about
10 miles from Durham may probably be about a mile from here? — flat, uninteresting drive from Croft
to Rushyford, beyond there the range of limestone hill (right) begins to near a little, the country
is more undulating — a little hill or 2 in the road, and patches of wood are to be seen, and
the situation of Durham upon the wear is picturesque — no sight of the city till within about a
mile, descend the hill — the cathedral finely placed on a hill, and the city creeping [illegible] down
along its declivity at the foot of which runs the wear with a good bridge over it — At 5 1/4 alighted
at the 1/2 moon, an ale-house nearly opposite the Waterloo Inn or hotel which, the King's or Queen's Head
(I forget which) is called the best Inns in Durham — the former not good-enough-looking to strike
me, or catch my attention in anyway — Sent off my luggage to another Ale house the hat
and feather, close to the market place, and ordered my place to be taken for Sunderland (on purpose to see the bridge) at 6 — Took
a prettyish young woman with me from the Inn as guide to the cathedral — close by, the bishop's palace
built out of, and called the castle, the old tower (square with bevelled corners?) standing close to it, in
the garden on grounds on a mound like Clifford's Tower, York — Entrance to the palace or castle court
by an old castle-gateway — fine-looking cathedral — plain exterior — 2 lowish-looking west towers
and lantern tower high above its neighbours — the present cathedral, said the woman who shewed it, built
about 900 years ago — the 2 doors under the 2 west towers instead of opening outward, open into
what is Ccalled St. Mary’s Chapel, said to be part of the old, original church — a very fine specimen
of 3 aisles of circular arches all the groinings of which finished in dog-tooth — here stands a large table tomb,
the stone quite plain, said to be the tomb of ‘St. Bede — this chapel is just fitted up with reading desk
etc. for evening lectures — the deal of the benches, etc., not yet painted — only just done — last week —
circular arches along the nave, chancel, and transepts — the most striking thing, all the pairs of columns dissimilar —
1 pair fluted straight — 2 or 3 pairs fluted in different patterns — spirally, and chequered — very odd
effect — never saw anything like it before — pavement off the nave not good — with door into the nave
very bad — Cloisters perfect — in very good repair perfect ordered — behind the altar is the shrine of St. Cuthbert and behind this is what they call
the nine altars, a spacious chapel which with its large middle window and 2 side windows finished
outside in 3 gables? with a turret somehow at each outside gable, forms a singular sort of looking
attachment to the main building as one looks at from without — the large stone covering St. Cuthbert’s
bones just behind the altar was removed the other day — the bones taken up, put into a common
deal coffin, and reinterred in the same place as before — no fine monuments — 2 or 3 old ones
of the lords Neville, killed in battle against the Scots — the woman said the singing was excellent and the organ
one of the finest in England, much finer than that in York — Dr. Prosser's a good looking gothic house —
the other building round the close (my guide called it the College) making no great appearance — the
close like a long quadrangular court, too confined — the city (brick built) all up hill and down — Saw not one
good street — Small poorish market place (market day), the most striking object in it, the pump,
the well being covered over with a little massy round-topped building surmounted by a huge figure of Neptune with his trident —
at 6 5/60 took my seat by the old coachman (though I had my place inside) and left the inside to the market people
such a coach, such tackling, and 4 such horses I never before saw in England — I wondered how and when we should
get to Sunderland — said the coachman ‘all where we are going is underminded' — Strong symptoms of a
DateMay 1828
Extent1 page


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