Henry Ashmole Diary Notes
Saturday 2nd January 1864; "A very cold day"
Tuesday 23rd February 1864; "A very snowy morning, & thawed almost as quick as it fell. I went nowhere in particular"
Wednesday 9th March 1864; "The most miserable day during the whole winter, sleet snow, very cold wind & such like sufficient to give any one the miserables"
Easter Monday 28th March 1864; "turned out a very rough night snow, sleet & wind"
Tuesday 29th March 1864; "A very rough day. All day in office"
Wednesday 30th March 1864; "it snowed for 2 hrs the first thing in the morning & then a quick thaw"
Monday 3rd October 1864; "Today has been a very cold day the wind in the East & very searching"
Tuesday 4th October 1864; "another cold day"
Tuesday 1st November 1864; "a bitter cold day"
Thursday 17th November 1864; "A wretched wet miserable cold day"
Friday 16th December 1864; "It has been a bitter cold day a piercing wind from the N enough to cut one almost in two"
Sunday 18th December 1864; "A very snowy day a sharp frost in the night…Not a sufficiently fine afternoon to walk any distance, so HWA & I walked to Aunt Jane’s & had tea there, & from thence to the Chapel"
Monday 19th December 1864; "Another very cold morning some frost, roads very slippery"
Tuesday 20th December 1864; "A fast thaw all night"
Thursday 22nd December 1864; "A cutting wind all day"
Friday 23rd December 1864; "A very cold wind all day"
Sunday 1st January 1865; "It snowed in the morning, thawed during the day & then froze sharp at night which made it very dangerous travelling"
Monday 29th February 1864; "an extremely wet day"
Wednesday 4th May 1864; "had some delightful showers"
Monday 9th May 1864; "it was a very miserable wet morning"
Tuesday 31st May 1864; "A beautiful rain for 4 or 5 hours"
Friday 3rd June 1864; "A wet day. Beat Harry 3 games of Billiards"
Monday 13th June 1864; "got caught in a very heavy shower but none the worse for it"
Wednesday 15th June 1864; "A very rough day, storm in the afternoon"
Tuesday 9th August 1864; "A beautiful rain for about 2 or 3 hours"
Tuesday 23rd August 1864; "A beautiful rain all day…This very acceptable rain has done a vast amount of good"
Tuesday 6th September 1864; "Father’s birthday. Had a nice shower in the morning, & in the afternoon"
Saturday 22nd October 1864; "A beautiful rain for 2 hours between 5 & 7 AM"
Sunday 23rd October 1864; "Every appearance of rain in the morning prevented a great number from attending Divine Service"
Thursday 8th December 1864; " a dull wet day but turned out fine in the afternoon"
Monday 11th April 1864; "Has been a most delightful day"
Tuesday 12th April 1864; "Another magnificent day. Bessie went to Tunbridge"
Wednesday 13th April 1864; "Another glorious day. Spent the evening at the Angel"
Thursday 14th April 1864; "Steeple Chases at Brentwood, a splendid day for do, although there was plenty of dust"
Tuesday 29th June 1864; "The Gadflys were troublesome"
Friday 1st July 1864; "A very fine day"
Friday 9th December 1864; "It has been a very mild week more like spring; but not seasonable"
Monday 12th December 1864; "A dull day & not seasonable, though it was a very fine morning"
Monday 26th December 1864; "A fine day"
Too hot, too dry
Tuesday 19th July 1864; "Went to London in the morning, a tremendous hot day"
Wednesday 20th July 1864; "Another tremendous Hot day"
Thursday 21st July 1864; "Another tremendous hot day scorching everything up. – Had a shower in the evening but nothing to speak of"
Saturday 30th July 1864; "Exceedingly dry weather; prayed for rain in St. Mary’s"
Friday 5th August 1864; "Extremely dry weather, no rain to speak of for weeks; & no signs of it now, as fine as ever, the glass as high. I am afraid it will prove serious"
Saturday 6th August 1864; "Another very dry day, looks a little like rain 10AM. We did not get any rain all day"
Monday 8th August 1864; "Another very dry day; threatened a good deal for rain the first thing & went off again, turned out a fine day"
Friday 4th November 1864; "The day was fine although a little foggy all day, but in the evening we had November ‘with a vengeance’ it was tremendously foggy. I don’t ever remember seeing it more so"
Monday 21st November 1864; "A very foggy disagreeable day…turned out a fine afternoon"
Friday 2nd December 1864; "Has been very foggy all night & do all day, but fortunately cleared up in the evening"