Charlotte Bridgeman's Journals

February 1846 - January 1857

Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals

Transcribed by Marianne van Dael - van Zelm Zwern

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Scotney Castle   1856, November 2

Sunday. Went to church in the morning in the omnibus to Lamberhurst, but none of the ladies went a 2nd time.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 3

Percy Herbert went away very early & Lord Powis after luncheon.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 4

Lady Windsor & Mary Clive went away. Sir C. Farnaby came.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 5

Henrietta, Vic, Mademoiselle & I drove to Lamberhurst & Kilndown, a sort of drive & tie - to relieve poor old Peggy ! Mrs. George & Miss Clive came. More music than usual. Very pretty singing form Miss C.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 6

After luncheon Henrietta, Mrs. Clive & I went in the ponycarriage to Court Lodge & called on Mrs. Morland. Then drove to Kilndown, meeting the others and making an exchange. Hen. & Mrs. Clive walked the rest of the way. We lionized Kilndown church. Mr. & Mrs. McClaren dined here.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 7

Sir C. Farnaby went away. We ladies called at Badgebury in the afternoon, found Lady Mildred just going out, but Mr. Hope lionized the party over the house stables &c.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 8

Mrs. & Miss George Clive went away. We all went together to Tunbridge Wells & they left us there. It is a pretty place, but a bad day to see it in, turned to rain at last. We walked across the Common & on the Pantiles & shopped. We had stopped at Bayham Abbey & driven thro'the Bayham Woods on our way there. But I did not get out having seen it before. Mrs. Clive, Mr. Hussey & I went outside the omnibus.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 10

Monday. We intended calling at Eridge but the horses did not come in time. I was obliged to go to bed early with a headache.

Scotney Castle   1856, November 11

It rained & we did not go out much.

London   1856, November 12

I left Scotney after a very pleasant visit of a month. I came to the Bristowes in London for a day or two. Arrived here to luncheon & did not go out after. Henry Bridgeman called & Mrs. & Miss Close(?) that he might introduce his bride elect to me. She seemed pleasing the little I saw.

London   1856, November 13

Lina & I drove in the afternoon & got thro' a great deal of shopping. We dined early & went to the Play. Saw the Midsummer Night's Dream beautifully got up at the Princess's Theatre with Mendelsohn's music, but the music part was the least well done of of the whole. All the rest was perfect in its way - very pretty & very amusing.

London   1856, November 14

Paid for last night's dissipation with a headache, but not bad enough to lay me up quite. Alice Anson called in the morning. In the afternoon we drove again, did a little more shopping & called on the Robert Herberts. Henry Bridgeman called again in the evening. Mr. & Mrs. Boteler Bristowe & Mr. Chambers dined here.

Bilton   1856, November 15

Left Eccleston Square & came to Bilton. Got here to luncheon. All the 3 Simpsons are at home & Louisa Bridgeman.

Bilton   1856, November 17

Monday. Isabella & I took a drive to Rugby first & then

to Lord John Scott's.

Bilton   1856, November 18

Emily Bridgeman came. I did not go out.

Bilton   1856, November 19

Mademoiselle de Sabgé(?) came to luncheon. Isabella & I drove to Dunchurch called on the Miss Whaler's & round by Rugby.

Bilton   1856, November 20

Emily B. went away. Isabella took her to the station & then took me a little drive thro' the Dunchurch Avenue(?). A photograph man was here in the morning & gave me some hints.

Bilton   1856, November 21

Isabella, Louisa & I went to Leamington in the morning & came back in the afternoon to see Aunt Selina who gave us luncheon. Isabella had some shopping & Louisa to go to the dentist, but I remained all the time with Aunt Selina, who walked up to the station again with us. As I was getting out of the carriage again at home, my foot slipped & I came flat down on the stone steps - no easy fall but I was only badly bruised.

Bilton   1856, November 22

Mr. & Mrs. Peaces(?) called -on me, I believe. Emily, Louisa & I drove to Dunchurch where Emily staid to pay a visit to the Miss Whaler's while we drove on a bit & came back for her. When we came home found Henry Gunning calling - from Rugby.

Hewell   1856, November 24

Monday. I came to Hewell. Met Admiral & Miss Bowler on the way, who were also coming here. Lady Windsor sent a carriage for me. Mary & Robert & Gina are also come here today & Mr. R. Clive & Lord Holmesdale, Lord Powis & Percy Herbert.

Hewell   1856, November 25

Mr. Amherst came before breakfast. We sang duets in the morning. Walked a little in the afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. W. Henning(?) came.

Hewell   1856, November 26

Snow on the ground. Rainy & sloshy all day. None of us ladies went out. Made music in the morning & billiards in the afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. Dickens dined here.

Hewell   1856, November 27

Lord Powis went away. We called on Mrs. Dickens some of us, then walked to the kitchen garden & about it, coming back in the carriage.

Hewell   1856, November 28

Victoria & I went out in the ponycarriage in the morning. Did not go out again. Played at billiards instead. Mr. & Mrs. W. Henning went away. Mrs. Hamilton, Captain Emmots, Mr. & Mrs. Dickens & Mr. Minors..(?) dined here.

Hewell   1856, November 29

Everybody else went away, except Robert, Mary & I.

Hewell   1856, November 30

I only went to church in the morning. Walked back.