Catalogue Finding NumberWYC:1525/7/1/5/1/28
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleJournal page
DescriptionPage from the journal of Ann Walker, Jun 1834-Feb 1835

[Diary Transcription]
[page 52]

Clermont, got veal & poulet for supper, at 11 oclock – people told us perhaps a vetturino might come into room in the night to repose on one of the 5 beds. however dearest effectually fastened door with handle of our tea apparatus. company in bed -

August 15th rose soon after 4 oclock off & at Clermont soon after 7 oclock – recommended at Lyons to Hotel de l’Europe here, dearest found it so poor a place & rooms so small, that we came to L’Ecu de France, got comfortable room, but found it so hot from being under the kitchen that we changed for one rather smaller, but much nicer in point of comfort. At 12 went in little carriage to faubourg St. Alyre – St. Alyre a small rivulet which flows thro’ kitchen gardens & deposits at the bottom of its bed the calcareous matter held in solution. This bed has been gradually raised by deposits till now on a level with the spring: the waters strictly speaking do not petrify, but deposits a succulent matter which forms itself into incrustations & in a short space of time covers whatever it comes into contact with: we saw placed in some huts for incrustation, fruit, baskets, birds & many other substances. the water is perpetually dropping upon them – in one instance the petrefaction [petrifaction] was allowed to proceed, & the result was a wall 240 feet in length – at one extremity merely rises above the ground, at the other it is 16 feet in elevation. & its breadth gradually increases till it becomes 12 feet hig broad. went upon this wall, & the famous stalactite bridge improperly called, Le pont de Pierre, It was formed by the incrustating rivulet, which at bottom of the garden falls into the Tiretaine, it necessarily produced incrustations at its mouth, this bed increasing by successive deposits formed at last an arch on one side, but ever increasing, at last reached other bank, & the arch was completed –

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In the Garden was a cow incrustrated [incrustated] natural beast, I conclude one that had died, & a man (a figure of wax) incrustrated [incrustated] with one arm on cow, & a milk pail in the other – both very well done & very natural – Several specimens of incrustations in a small room, none very good but a hedgehog. From St. Alyre went to Puy de la Poix, a low rock that derives its name from a spring of petroleum, or petrified mineral Tar (Petr stone olium oil,). Petroleum issues from a small long cavity like a ditch, & bubbles up like hot water, in other places it issues from the rock – the appearance is exactly same as tar, & rock looks as if some one had thrown tar over it – no person can drink the water, without nausea succeeding, but it is singular that Pigeons drink it with avidity generally early in the morning before the sun has had time to melt the pitch, & always from the brink, lest they should be caught as with bird lime – our guide told us that a party who went last year saw a little sparrow caught, & that could not get away – Went to Cathedral, which was built by the English in 12th Century & tho’ unfinished is considered one of finest structures in France – nave & choir said to be very fine but perhaps they are a little indebted to the beautifully painted glass – Saw small public Library belonging to college & collection of Minerals, in Library bust of Pascal, author of Lettres Provinceales [Provinciales], born in Clermont & portrait of Masillon [Massillon], founder of college Library – person who shewed Library very stupid – & ignorant – looks into Botanical garden of convent of La Charité. Clermont has 4 places. Place du Taureau, Place Jaude, Place de la Poterne, & Place Champeix in 1st stands, handsome obelisk fountain in form of obelisk dedicated to the memory of General Dessaix [Desaix]. born in the environs, a terrace from where may be seen Mont Rognon, & plateau de Gergovia
DateAug 1834
Extent1 page


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