Richard Hooper’s Diaries, Volume 1 – 1862-1863

Easter Day.

9am Celebration of Holy Communion at Aston Upthorpe.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • John Huggins
  • John Clifford
  • Amelia Chesterman
  • Susan Slade
  • Sophie Hooper

Alms collected 9s..1d.

After leaving Church proceeded to Mr. Breach’s house , and administered Holy Communion to Mrs. Breach.

At 11am full service at Upton. My sermon from S. John XX. 20. Holy Communion celebrated, at which were present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey, Churchwarden 1
  • William Butler2
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • Charles Yates
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Weatherall
  • Jane Humfrey
  • Rhoda Humfrey
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Mrs. Thomas Humfrey
  • Ann Hall
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Martha Higgs
  • Betty Geary
  • Anne Elliott
  • Hannah Caudwell

Total 22. Alms Collected 10s.. 0d.

Sophie Hooper was present, but, having received at Thorpe, did not communicate.The congregation this morning was poor, but the church was very prettily decorated with ??? and flowers by both the Mrs. Humfreys, Miss Hall, the Miss Butlers, and Jacob Butler.  Thorpe Church had been similarly decorated by Mrs. and Misses Breach; but in both churches Mrs. Hooper assisted chiefly in superintending.

In the afternoon at Upton, a very poor congregation.  Text S. John XX.19.20.  In the evening at Thorpe, very good congregation.  I preached from Psalm 118.v.24.  Mrs. Breach returned thanks for recovery from long illness.

Easter Monday, April 21

Holy Communion Service (without celebration) at Upton, at 11am.  My Sermon from S. Luke XXI v.36-40.  After service administered Holy Communion to Mrs. Herbert at her cottage.

Present, my wife, Mrs. Herbert, her daughter Mrs. Green of Blewbury, and myself as celebrant.

Easter Tuesday, April 22.

Holy Comm. Service (without celebration) at Upton, at 11am.  My sermon from Coloss. III. 1-4.  Vestry Meeting at Aston Upthorpe at 9am.  Elected Church-Wardens, nominating Mr. John Breach for Incumbent’s churchwarden, and the Parish nominating Mr. Benjamin Slade.

Vestry Meeting at Upton at 5pm.  Churchwardens Elected Mr. Wm. Butler for Incumbent’s Warden, & Mr. Nathaniel Humfrey for the Parish.  We elected a Sexton with an Annual Salary of 30 shillings, and chose Edward Elliott.  I determined that there should henceforth be no more a so-styled Clerk, & Joseph Seymour who had hitherto held that office was dismissed.

1st Sunday after Easter, April 27th

Morning Service at Upton. My text Acts XXIV. 25,25

Afternoon Service at Upton. My text S. John XV. 4.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text S. John XV.4.

Monday, April 28

Went to Oxford to make arrangements with Mr. Davenport for the Bishop’s coming to consecrate our two Churchyards on Saturday May 10th; also ordered Registers of Burials, Marriages,  and Banns for both Parishes.

Tuesday, April 29.

The Churchyard at Upton was, yesterday, harrowed, rolled, and sowed with grass-seed, which I had bought of Suttons at Reading.  Today at 3pm proceeded to the Churchyard, and Mrs. Philip Humfrey planted a Yew Tree which she gave to the Parish, and was assisted by her son Wallace and daughter Alice, also by Mrs. Nathaniel Humfrey and her son Stanley, my wife & myself, and James Grimshawe.

Friday, May 2nd

Mr. Philip Humfrey drew plans of the Churchyards of Upton and Aston Upthorpe, which were sent to Mr. Davenport of Oxford for the business of the Consecration.  They gave the exact admeasurement etc. and were neatly done.

Saturday, May 3rd

Edward Elliott, our Sexton at Upton, was married at Blewbury Church to Lucy Turner, widow.

IInd Sunday after Easter, May 4th

Received by post this morning the draft of the Petition for Consecration from Mr. Davenport.

Morning Service at Upton, my text I Pet.II.21.

Afternoon Service at Upton, my text S. Luke XVIII.13.

Evening Service at Thorpe, my text I Pet.II.21.

In ringing the bell for service at Upton this afternoon, the clapper broke and fell off.

Tuesday, May 6th.

Received a letter from the Bishop, saying that he would come on Friday, May 9 at 2.15 to consecrate the Churchyards.

Wednesday, May 7th

Met the Bishop at Didcot Station, and made final arrangements for Friday.  Received the Petition for Consecration from Mr. Davenport, in its final form.  Went to Oxford, and heard from Mr. Menzies of Brasenose Coll. that the Diocesan Board yesterday voted £25 towards the erection of our Schools and £3 for Books.  Received Banns Books for both Parishes, and also our Registers for Burials; also 60 copies of Consecration Form for Friday.

Friday, May 9.

This day the Lord Bishop of the Diocese consecrated the Churchyards of Upton and Aston Upthorpe.  The Clergy assembled at Mr. Churchwarden Humfrey’s at Upton at 2.30.  The Bishop arrived at 3pm.  Mr. Humfrey prepared an elegant luncheon.  After robing in surplices and hoods, the Clergy met the Bishop at the gates of the new Churchyard, and all proceeded round the yard reciting Ps.49.  At the door of the Church the Rural Dean (the Revd J. Leigh Hoskyns, Rector of Aston Tirrold) read the Act of Consecration, which the Bishop signed.  I had read the Petition at the Churchyard gates.  After the Bishop had pronounced the Blessing, we returned to Mr. Humfrey’s, and all started in carriages for Aston Upthorpe.  The Bishop took in his carriage the Rural Dean (Mr. Hoskyns), Rev. F. A. Powys, incumbent of Summertown, Oxford, and myself.  On our arrival at Aston Upthorpe, while the Clergy were assembling, the Bishop went into the Chapel with me and expressed himself much pleased with its pretty appearance.  Both Chapels were beautifully decorated with flowers.  I then read the Petition, and proceeded round the Churchyard reciting Ps. CXV.  On returning to the Porch, the Bishop addressed a few words to the assembled people, the Rural Dean read the Act of Consecration, the Bishop pronounced the Blessing, and the Ceremony terminated.  The Bishop then went to Thorpe Farm for a few minutes, where my wife and I had prepared a luncheon, in which we had been kindly assisted by Mrs. Hoskyns, Mrs. B. Slade and Mrs. Breach. After staying a few minutes, his Lordship started for Didcot Station.  The Clergy and others then sat down to luncheon.  There were present:

  • Revd J. L. Hoskyns (Rural Dean) & Mrs. Hoskyns
  • Revd Edw. Moore, Rector of Whitchurch, Oxon.
  • Revd R. N. Milford (Rector of Brightwell) & Mrs. Milford
  • Revd J. C. Clutterbuck, Vicar of Long Wittenham
  • Revd F. Ll. Lloyd, Vicar of Aldworth
  • Revd R. Meredith, Vicar of Hagbourne
  • Revd J. Macdonald, Vicar of Blewbury
  • Revd F. A. Powys, Incumbent of Summertown
  • Revd G. K. Morrell, Incumbent of Moulsford
  • Mrs. and Miss Morrell and a friend
  • Revd W. H. Young, Curate of Benson
  • Revd  Carpenter, Curate of South Stoke
  • Revd  Dr. and Mrs. Noad, Reading
  • J. P. A. Aubyn Esq., London
  • Mr. Churchwarden Humfrey & Mrs. Humfrey
  • Mr. Churchwarden B. Slade & Mrs. Slade
  • Mr. Churchwarden Breach & Mrs. Breach
  • Mr. & Mrs. Philip Humfrey
  • Mr. Joseph Humfrey, Ashbury
  • Mr. Herbert Humfrey, Pakash
  • Mr. John Pearman, Goring Heath
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slade
  • Miss Langford
  • Mr. Lucas (from Mr. Davenport, Oxford)
  • The Misses Breach
  • Master Wallace Humfrey & Master Stanley Humfrey, & Master Geo. Slade.
  • Master Fred. Breach, the Misses Edith Humfrey and Charlotte Slade.

The weather, which had been very showery, held up during both ceremonies, and the day passed off very successfully.  Several Clergy, who had promised, did not attend; doubtless deterred through the threatening aspect of the weather in the morning.

IIIrd Sunday after Easter, May 11

Morning Service at Upton, my text being Deut. IV.7.8.9

Holy Comm. celebrated at which were present:

  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Pope
  • John Weatherall
  • George Compton
  • George Butler
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Anne Hale
  • Mrs. Geo. Butler
  • Martha Higgs
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Richard Hooper, CelebrantAlms collected6s..3d.

After the morning service went to see Miriam Dearlove.  Found her dangerously ill.

Afternoon Service at Upton, my text being from S. Matthew IZ.2 with special reference to M. Dearlove’s case.

After service again saw her & found her, as I thought, dying.  Shortly afterwards Mr. Lightfoot, surgeon, came and pronounced her dying.

Walked from Upton & called at Blewbury, & persuaded Mr. Macdonald to come & preach for me at Thorpe.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  I read Prayer & after IInd lesson baptised James, son of Jacob & Sarah Didcock.

Gave notice of Communion at Thorpe next Sunday.  Mr. Macdonald preached from Acts II.26.  A very large congregation.  On returning home Betty Compton came from Upton to say M. Dearlove died shortly after I left her.

Monday May 12

This day drove to Upton, and saw the corpse of poor Miriam Dearlove.  Allowed her parents to choose a spot for her grave.  Mr. P. Humfrey kindly promised to see it dug at least six feet deep.

Witnessed from Upton a water-spout.  It lasted nearly ½ an hour, apparently over Cholsey and the neighbourhood.  Found an immense quantity of rain had fallen at Aston.  Altogether a wonderful phenomenon.

Thursday, May 15.

This evening at 6 o’clock I buried Miriam Dearlove.  A large attendance of villagers to see the first funeral in Upton Churchyard.  The grave was a little more than six feet deep; and the soil dry of a white rubble nature.

Friday, May 16.

Had a letter from the Bishop asking me to recover the “Diocesan Subscription Book” which he had left in the fly last Friday.  Luckily Mrs. Giles had found it, & given it to Mr. Philip Humfrey, who had sent it to me.  I packed it, and sent it in to Wallingford by Mr. B. Slade who kindly promised to see it sent off by Rail.

IV Sunday after Easter, May 18.

Full Morning Service at Upton at 9am, my text S. John XVI.7

Full Morning Service at Thorpe.  11am. My text S. John XVI.7

Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • John Breach. Churchwarden
  • John Huggins –  Watchorn
  • Joseph Shawe
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Miss Breach (Mr. B’s sister)
  • Anne Huggins
  • Amelia Chesterman
  • Richard Hooper, celebrant

Alms 9s..1d

Mr. Churchwarden Slade & his wife absent in the country.

Afternoon Service at Upton.  Very large congregation.  Funeral Sermon, S. John v.28,29 being my text.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text S. John XVI.7.8

Friday, May 23.

Went to Whitchurch, and found Wallace Humfrey ill at school at Pangbourne.

Saturday, May 24.

Told Mrs. P. Humfrey at Upton of her son’s illness.

Vth Sunday after Easter, May 25th.

Full Morning Service at Upton at 9am.  My sermon from S. John XVI.33.  Then went to Chilton and had full Morning Service at 11am.  My text Coloss.III.1.  Returned to Upton for Afternoon Service at 3pm.  Baptism of Caroline Elizabeth, d. of Mary Blake.  My sermon from I Corinth.VIII.1.  After service visited Thomas Turner, who was very ill.  Prayed at both services for a sick child (W. Humfrey) and Rosannah Herbert.  Called on Mr. P. Humfrey, and heard about the illness of W.H.  Mr. Breach from Thorpe had been to see him.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text Coloss.III.1.  The cause of my going to Chilton was Mr. Chaplin’s severe illness.  (The same sick persons prayed for at Thorpe as at Upton)

Monday, May 26.

Went with my wife in the afternoon to Oxford.

Wednesday, May 28.

Returned from Oxford, & at 5.30pm buried Henry Honey at Upton.  He died aged 2 years & 8 months, on Sunday morning, having been afflicted from his birth.

Thursday, May 29. (Ascension Day)

Full Morning Service at Upton (without celebration) at 11am.  My text Acts I.10.11.  Prayers of the Congregation for Rosannah Herbert, Thomas Turner and Wallace Humfrey.

Visited after Service Mrs. Herbert Turner.  My wife collected Clothing Club.  18 shillings.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text Philipp.II.20.

Sunday after Ascension, June 1.

Full Morning Service at Upton, 11am.  My text from S. Luke XXIV.52.

Sick prayed for, as on Thursday.

Afternoon at Upton, 3pm.  My text Acts I.6.7.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text S. Luke XXIV.49.

Monday June 2.

Went to Oxford to see Mr. Davenport, and got him to write in my presence to Mr. Knybett to ask when our Deed of Separation from Blewbury would be completed.

Thursday, June 5.

Went to Abingdon to attend the Visitation of the Archdeacon.  Took Mr. Butler, the Churchwarden, with me.  Mr. Macdonald, the Vicar of Blewbury, had called a Vestry at Blewbury Church on Saturday May 31, to elect Churchwardens (or rather Chapelwardens) for Upton and Aston Upthorpe.  I remonstrated with him, and wrote to the Archdeacon, who told me that there was no necessity for the Vicar to hold a Vestry & that my Churchwardens, as elected on Easter Tuesday ought to be presented.  In spite of this he would hold his Vestry, where nobody attended.  On Sunday night he sent Abner Grace to Mr. Breach to say that he had elected him for his warden at Thorpe, and Mr. N. Humfrey as his warden at Upton; and that as no rate-payers had attended there were no Parish wardens for the ensuing year!

On Monday I wrote to the Bishop asking his advice, and he advised me, by return of post, to present my wardens to the Archdeacon.  Consequently today all four wardens as elected on Easter Tuesday attended at Abingdon, and after some dispute Mr. Macdonald withdrew from the contest, and they were admitted.  I was called as Perpetual Curate of Upton, & subsequently dined with the Archdeacon.

I received a letter this morning from Mr. Davenport informing me that Mr. Kuybett expected the Queen’s signature to the Separation at the next Privy Council.  N.B. the four wardens were styled Churchwardens for the first time, instead of as heretofore Chapel-Wardens, in anticipation of our approaching separation.

Called at Mr. Morland’s (the Solicitor) who promised to send our School Trust Draft in a few days.

Saturday, June 7.

Received Draft of Trust from Mr. Moreland, but had to return it, as he had not signed it.

Whit-Sunday, June 8

9am celebration of Holy Communion at Thorpe.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • John Clifford
  • John Huggins
  • Susan Slade
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Amelia Chesterman

Mrs. Breach absent in Reading

Alms collected  9s..0d.

The Alms were given to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and were placed in George Slade’s collecting box.

At 11am Full Service at Upton.  My sermon from S.John XIV.18.  Celebration of Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • John Wetherall
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Pope
  • Charles Yates
  • Jane Humfrey
  • Rhoda Humfrey
  • Anne Hale
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • – Andrews (a stranger, friend of Mrs. G.B.)
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Betty Geary
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Elliott
  • Margaret Greenough
  • Sophie Hooper was present, but had received at Thorpe

Alms collected8s..2d.

Afternoon Service at 3pm Upton.  My sermon from Isaiah II.9.  Visited Rosanna Herbert and Thomas Turner, sick folk prayed for in Church.  Upton Church prettily decorated.

Evening Service at Thorpe at 6.30pm.  My text S. John XV.26.

Whit Monday, June 9.

Attended with Mr. Hoskyns, the Rural Dean, in obedience to a Commission issued to us from the Bishop at the request of Q. Anne’s Bounty Office, to report on the Dilapidations of North Moreton Vicarage.

Whit Tuesday, June 10.

Administered Holy Communion to Rosannah Herbert.  Present: her daughter (Mrs. Green) & my wife.

Friday, June 13.

Returned from Goring Heath, where I went to attend the Anniversary of the Charity (Allnatt’s) of the Almshouses on Wednesday.  Found on my return the Order in Council for the creation of our new Parish of Upton & Aston Upthorpe, which had received the Royal Assent on June 7th; also my Licence as Perpetual Curate of the new Benefice, with other papers.

Saturday, June 14.

Communicated the above to the Churchwardens of Upton, having done so to the Thorpe Churchwardens yesterday.

Trinity Sunday, June 15.

Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text S. John III.9.  I had omitted to give notice for Holy Communion last Sunday, but said in my sermon it would be celebrated, & consequently (& much to my satisfaction, as perhaps the notice was too sudden) but few stayed. There were present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • George Butler
  • John Pope
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Rhoda Humfrey
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • –  Andrews (see last week)
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms4s..0d

Afternoon Service 3pm Upton.  My text Tit.III.4.5.6.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text S. John III.9  Sick prayed for:- Rosannah Herbert & Thomas Turner.

Monday, (Trinity Monday) June 16.

Went to Oxford, and delivered the Order in Council into Mr. Davenport’s hands.

Tuesday (Trinity Tuesday) June 17.

Went with my wife to Cuddesdon, to attend the anniversary of the College.  Service in Church at 11.30am.  There were present, besides the Archbishop of York (Since Archbishop of Canterbury), who preached the sermon, and the Bishop of Oxford, the Bishops of Kilmore (since Archbishop of Armagh), Colombo, Fredericton, Tasmania and Honolulu.  We sat down to dinner about 400.

The Duke of Marlborough proposed the Bishop of Oxford’s health in an excellent speech.  Before we left Cuddesdon, the Bishop kindly signed my papers, and I took the Oaths and subscriptions, and was admitted Perpetual Curate of Upton & Aston Upthorpe.

Thursday, June 19th.

Received this morning from the Registrar General Marriage Registers for both our Churches, with blank Forms and all necessary accompaniments.  Acknowledged the same by return of  post, as desired.

I Sunday after Trinity, June 22ndMorning Service at Upton 11am.  No sermon as I read myself in, by reading XXXIX Articles.

Afternoon Service at 3pm.  My sermon S. Luke XVI.31

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text Josh.XX3.11.12.13.

The sick prayed for were Rosannah Herbert, Thomas Turner, (and Susan Slade, anonymously).

Tuesday, June 24.  S. John Baptist’s Day

I preached in the evening at North Moreton.  My text S. Luke I.14 last half of the verse.

Mr. & Mrs. P. Humfrey went to Weymouth with their son Wallace.

Thursday, June 26.

My wife took the clothing Club at Upton – 12 shillings.

Saturday, June 28.

The first tombstone was placed in Upton Churchyard to the memory of Miriam Dearlove, at the expense of the Incumbant.

II Sunday after Trinity, June 29, S. Peter’s Day

Full Service at Upton, 9am.  My text from Psalm CXXXIX.1.2.3

Full Service at Thorpe 11am.  No sermon, as I read XXXIX Articles, reading myself in.

Full Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from Acts XII.5.

Full Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from Acts XII.5.  Completed my reading in.  Gave notice that on and after Tuesday July 1, Morning Prayer would be said daily in this Church at 8am.

Sick prayed for at both Churches, Rosannah Herbert, Maria Walter, and Susan Slade.

Thomas Turner returned thanks

Monday, June 30.

Betty Geary’s Grandchild, Marianne Mott, died at Upton.

Tuesday, July 1.

This morning commenced Daily Prayer at Thorpe.  There were 12 present, being all Mr. B. Slades children with their two cousins from Hungerford; Mr. Breach’s 3 children; Lucy Pope; and my wife and myself.  Felix faustumque sit.

Wrote to the Committee of Council on Education.  George Slade gathered the cherries for me off the tree in Thorpe Churchyard.

The Morning Service, daily, at Thorpe is to be understood as always celebrated, except when otherwise noted, viz. my absence or illness.

Thursday, July 3rd.

Buried Mary Anne Mott, aged 6 months, at Upton 6pm.

Job Greenough, 11 years, met with a serious accident at Upton.  The horses drawing a large iron clod-crushing roller ran away, when he fell, fortunately in a furrow, & the machine went over him!  He was apparently not seriously injured, but we must watch for the result of internal injury.

Friday, July 4th.

Job Greenough better, and apparentlygoing on well.  My wife and I walked to Chilton to see Mr. Chaplin, who has had a relapse, but is now getting better.  He looked very ill.

IIIrd Sunday after Trinity, July 6th.

Full Morning Service at Upton, 11am.  My text from S. Luke XVIII.42.

Holy Comm. celebrated, present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Wm. Butler, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • John Wetherall
  • George Compton
  • Robert Horsley
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove

Mr. & Mrs. P. Humfrey at Weymouth.

Alms 4s..4½d

Sick prayed for, as last Sunday.  Job Greenough much better.  Nanny Greenough Churched [This was by mistake.  She ought to have been Churched at Blewbury, as she lived at Mr. N. Humfrey’s Up-Hill farm, which is in that parish.  She was daughter to Wm. Elliott (our Sexton’s father) and married Charles Greenough.]

Afternoon Service at Upton.  My text I Sam.III.18.

Evening Service, at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text I Sam.III.18.

Received a letter from Committee of Council on Education this morning.  Not satisfied with the title to our school site at Upton.

Monday, July 7th.

Administered Holy Communion to Rosannah Herbert.  Present Mrs. Green and Sophie Hooper.  Job Greenough rapidly recovering.  Had a conversation with Mr. Thomas Humfrey on the subject of the site of the Parsonage House, which he gives.  He agreed that Mr. Moreland of Abingdon should receive instructions to convey it on Wednesday next.

Tuesday, July 8.

Mr. & Mrs. P. Humfrey return from Weymouth.

Wednesday, July 9.

Mr. Godfrey (of Messrs. Morland & Godfrey, Abingdon) came to Upton, and received instructions from Mr. Thomas Humfrey to convey the acre of land for the Parsonage House.

Thursday, July 10.

Mr. & Mrs. N. Humfrey went to Scarborough.

IV Sunday after Trinity, July 13.

Full Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text S. Luke VI.38.  Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text I Thessalon. V.14.15.  Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm.  My text, Philipp. I.23.

Sick prayed for, R Herbert & M Walter.

Received a letter from Council Office refusing a grant to our school on account of the illegality of the Title.

Monday, July 14.

Went with Mr. P. Humfrey to Abingdon and saw Mr. Godfrey relative to the conveyance of the Parsonage House site; also called on Mrs. Powys at Culham, and had a conversation with her and Mr. Phillips on the difficulty about the School Site.

Tuesday July 18.

Mr. Godfrey of Abingdon sent the Conveyance of the Site of the Parsonage House.

My wife and I went to Mrs. Hoskyn’s School Tea.

V Sunday after Trinity, July 20.

Full Morning Service at Upton 9am.  My text from S. John VIII.34

Full Morning Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text S. John VIII.34.  Susan Slade returned thanks for recovery from dangerous illness.  Sick prayed for at both Churches this day, Ros. Herbert and Maria Walter.  Our monthly Communion at Thorpe, present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • John Huggins
  • Susan SladeMartha Breach
  • Anne Huggins
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Redgard (aunt to Mrs. Slade)

Alms 9s..6d.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Luke XXIII.43

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Romans VII.22-3-5-5.

Tuesday, July 22.

This being St. Mary Magdanene’s Day, was the Anniversary of St. Mary’s Home, Wantage.  I drove down after Morning Service, and arrived at Wantage at 10.50.  The Clergy met, in surplices, at the Vicarage, and proceeded to Church chanting Hymn 175 (hyms Anc. & Mod.).  The Sermon was preached by the Warden of All Souls’ Oxon.  Holy Com. celebrated.  Luncheon at the “Home”.  I saw and spoke to Sarah Anne Pope, a Penitent, from Thorpe.  Evensong at the Chapel in the “Home” at 4pm.

Wednesday, July 23.

Buried Mary Smith of Aston Tirrold in Aston Tirrold Churchyard at 6.30pm for Mr. Hoskyns.  She was 80 years old, and the oldest inhabitant.

St. James’s Day, Friday July 25th.I preached at North Moreton Church at Evensong (7pm).  My text from

S. Matthew IV.21.22.

VIth Sunday after Trinity, July 27.

On arriving at Upton this morning, found that Rosannah Herbert died at 9am aged 89 or in her 89th year.

Full Morning Service at Upton.  My text from II Samuel XII.7

Afternoon Service at Upton, when the Revd – Henham, who is temporarily assisting Mr. Chaplin, came and preached.  Text S. John XIV.2.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm taken by the Revd James Frith, Curate of South Moreton, as I had gone to Chilton to preach.  His text was from Psalm 89, 26 & 17, Prayer Book Version.  I went to Chilton to preach the Anniversery Sermon of the reopening of the Church.  My text was Psalm CXXII.1.

Wednesday July 30th.

Rosannah Herbert was buried this evening at Blewbury by the side of her husband.  My wife and I spent the day at Chilton, and I read the Lessons at Evensong.

Thursday July 31.

My wife and I took several of the Thorpe children up to Mr. B. Slade’s fir plantation on the Downs, where we had tea and games.

My wife took the Clothing Club at Upton.  16s..10d.

Saturday August 2.

Mr. & Mrs. N. Humfrey and their family returned from Scarborough.

VIIth Sunday after Trinity, August 3rd.

This is my birthday, and I thank God for His many blessings, and especially for the privilage of having a Parish of my own, and that this day I had the blessed privilage of giving my flock the Holy Eucharist.

Full Service at Upton, 11am. My text from Romans VI.23.  Holy Comm. Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • George Compton
  • John WeatherallJane Humfrey
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Nanny Elliott
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Rhoda Humfry, unwell and unable to attend Holy Communion.

Alms: 9s..6d

Full Service, Upton 3.pm.  My text Ruth II.4.

Baptised Martha Anne daughter of Druscilla Prior.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30 pm.  My text Ruth II.4.  Sick prayed for today, Maria Walter.

Monday, August 4.

My wife and I went to Reading to stay till Saturday with Mrs. St. Aubyn.

Friday, August 8.

Received a letter from Revd F. E. Paget, Rector of Elford, regretting that he was unable from ill-health to come and preach for our Harvest Festival; also a letter from Recd R. M. Benson of Cowley asking for some copies of my work on “Spiritual Retirement” for the Bishops of Capetown and Honolulu to take to their Dioceses.

Saturday, Aug. 9.

Returned with my wife from Reading.

VIIIth Sunday after Trinity, August 10.

Received a letter from Mr. Benson saying he had taken six copies of my book for the Bishops above-mentioned.

Full Morning Service at Upton, 11am.  My text St. Matthew VII.21. Sick Maria Walter.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from Hebrews XIII.5.6.  Churched Mrs. Thomas Yates.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Hebr.XIII.5.6.

Monday, August 11.

Resumed Daily Service at Thorpe, interrupted by our absence in Reading.  Visited Mrs. Bartholomew of Thorpe, who was taken suddenly ill.  Spent the day with Mr. Barff of N. Moreton.  Rowed up the river to visit Benson and Dorchester.  There went with us Revd Reginald Porter, Rector of Kenn, Devon, Miss Gertrude Porter & Revd W. H. Young of Berrick Salome.

Wednesday, Aug 13.

Maria Walter much worse.  W. Humfrey returned to School.

Thursday, Aug. 14.

Maria Walter worse.  The room so filthy as to make me sick.

IXth after Trinity, August 17.Very wet day.  Full Morning Service 9am at Upton.  My text I Kings XVIII.21.

Visited Maria Walter – dying.

Full Morning Service, 11am at Thorpe.  My text I Kings XVIII.21  Celebration of Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • Abner Grace
  • John HugginsJohn Clifford
  • Joseph Shaw
  • Martha Breach
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Susan Slade unwell.

Alms8s..1d

Prayed for fine weather for Harvest, as the rain is very serious.

Afternoon Service 3pm Upton.  My text from I Kings XIX.11.12.13.  Churched Mrs. David Butler, junr. Visited after Church Maria Walter.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text I Kings XIX.11 etc.

Monday August 18.

Visited Maria Walter.

Tuesday Aug. 19.

Visited Maria Walter and administered Holy Communion to her.  My wife communicated.  Visited Alfred Cooling & Mary Bartholomew.

Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Left home with my wife to stay with Captn & Mrs. Fowler at Walliscote, Whitchurch till Saturday.  Wrote to ask Mr. Henham of Chilton to visit Maria Walter in my absence; which he kindly did.

Saturday Aug. 23.

Returned home from a very pleasant visit at Walliscote.

Sunday, Aug 24, Xth after Trinity & St. Bartholomew’s Day.

Full Morn. Service, Upton 11am.  My text from I Kings XXI.20.

Full Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from I S. John.I.9.

Full Even. Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from I Kings XXI.20.  Sick Maria Walter.

Monday, Aug. 25.

Resumed Daily Service at 8am Aston Upthorpe.

Thursday, Aug. 28.

My wife took the Clothing Club at Upton.  Few came & the money was carried to September.

Friday, Aug. 29.

Baptised (privately) Mary Anne daughter of Alfred & Diana Coling of Aston Upthorpe.

XIth Sunday after Trinity, August 31.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from S. Luke XVIII.13.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  Baptised Mary Louisa, and Mercy, the two daughters of Thomas and Eliza YEATES.  My text from II Kings V,25,6,7.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from II Kings, V.25,6,7.  Abner Grace ill, and unable to come to Thorpe.  Sick, Maria Walter.

Monday, September 1.

Received a letter from J. Shawe Phillips Esq. of Culham saying that he would give the site for the Schools, & make a good title when he comes of age.  Sent the plans back to Mr. St. Aubyn.

Received a kind letter from Revd J. G. Lonsdale, Secretary to the National Society saying that he would do what he could with their Committee to get us a grant for our Schools under our peculiar circumstances.  Replied to him, thanking him for his kindness.

XIIth Sunday after Trinity, September 7.

Received another satisfactory letter from Revd J. G. Lonsdale.

Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My wife and I walked there as our carriage was being repaired.  My text from S. Matth.VIII.2.3.  Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • John Weatherall
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • Robert Horsley
  • Rhoda Humfrey
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Nanny Elliott
  • Margaret Greenough
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Hannah Caudwell

Alms  7s..10½d

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Mark 7.37.  Mr. P. Humfrey drove my wife and myself back to Thorpe.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from S. Mark 7.37.  Lights used for first time this year.  Gave notice for service at 6pm for the future, during winter.

XIIIth Sunday after Trinity, Sept. 14.

Full morning Service at Upton, 11 am.  My text from S. Luke X.23.24.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Matthew XIII.29.30.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm.  My text from S. Luke X.35.

Henry Didcock burst a blood-vessel this afternoon at Thorpe.  Farmer Izzard of Upton absent from Church at Upton this afternoon from rheumatism; the first time he has been absent since I came.  Stanley Humfrey ill with rheumatic gout.  Mrs. George Butler unable to come to church at Upton on account of inflammation of the foot.

Tuesday, September 16.

This day Mr. St. Aubyn, the Architect, came to Upton, where I met him with Mr. Finch the builder, and the contract for the School was signed.  Mr. Finch has promised to commence the buildings on Monday next, September 22.

Wednesday, September 17.

Poor little Frank Beckingsale taken seriously ill – apparently his last illness.

We pray for him and Henry Didcock every morning at Matins in Thorpe Church.  Received a letter from the Bishop promising to see that we do not lose out grant of £25 from the Diocesan Board for the Schools.

Saturday, September 20.

Administered Holy Communion to Frank Beckingsale at 7.30am having been sent for.

XIVth Sunday after Trinity (S. Matthew’s Day) Sep. 21.

Drove to Upton for 9 o’clock Service, but, having omitted to give notice last Sunday, no one came, so we had no Service.

Morning Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from S. Matthew XXII.11.12.  Celebration of Holy Communion.

Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}   Churchwardens
  • John Clifford
  • Abner Grace
  • John HugginsSophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Susan Slade
  • Miss Cundell, a stranger, friend of Mrs. B. Slade
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms 9s..7d

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from Revelation XXII.8.9.  Prayed for sick, M. Walter.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6pm.  My text from Galat. V.22-3.  Sick prayed fr Henry Didcock and Frank Beckingsale.  Visited both after Service.  Diana Coling Churched.

Tuesday September 23.

No morning Prayer at Thorpe as my wife and I were at Whitchurch.  Mr. B. Slade finished Harvest.

Wednesday, Sep. 24.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe.

Thursday, September 25.

My wife took the Clothing Club at Upton.   £1..8..4.

Friday, Sep. 26.

Administered Holy Communion to Henry Didcock (Aston Upthorpe).

XVth Sunday after Trinity, September 28.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. Matthew VI.25.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from Ephesians VI.5.6.7.8.  Baptism of Oliver son of David & Mary Butler.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6pm.  My text from Colissians III.22-3-4.

Henry Didcock died this evening.

Tuesday, September 30.

This day at 5pm a corner stone was laid of our new School at Upton by Stanley & Wallace Humfrey.  Mr. Nathaniel Humfrey gave a dinner party in the evening to celebrate the event.

Thursday, Oct 2.

Mrs. William Greenough of Upton confined with twins this evening; one born dead, and the other died instantly.  (Buried on Sunday night in a corner, N.E. of Churchyard)

XVIth Sunday after Trinity, October 5th.

Morning Service at Upton, 11am.  My text from Ecclesiastes V.1.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • Charles Yates
  • Sophie HooperAnne Hale
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Leah Pullen

Alms  6s..4½d

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from S. John XXI.21.22.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm.  My text from S. John XXI.21.22

Wednesday October 8th

This morning, as I was suffering from a severe sore throat, there was no Morning Prayer at Thorpe.  At 12 o’clock (though very unwell) I attended the Ruridecanal Chapter at Aston Tirrold.  We had Litany & Holy Communion (Celebration) and then went to the Rectory to discuss the subjects proposed, viz. “What are the best means of preparing candidates for Confirmation & Holy Communion?”  At 3.30 we dined with the Rural Dean.  There were present, The Revd J. L. Hoskyns, Rector of Aston Tirrold (& Rural Dean);  Revd F. Ll Lloyd, Vicar of Aldworth;  Revd John Holding, P.C. of Ashampstead; Revd E. J. Sykes, Vicar of Basildon;  Revd R. Hooper, P. C. of Upton & Aston Upthorpe;  Revd H. W. Lloyd, Vicar of Cholsey; Revd R. Meredith, Vicar of Hagbourne;  Revd J. Blissard, Vicar of Hampstead Norris;  Revd A. Barff, Vicar of North Moreton;  Revd – Price, Curate of North Moreton;  Revd John Slatter, Vicar of Streatley;  Revd John Hilliard, Rector of Little Wittenham.

Thursday, Oct 9.

Resumed Matins at Thorpe, yesterday being the only day missed thro’ illness.  This day we spent at North Moreton, it being the Harvest Thanksgiving there.  Full Service with Celebration at 11am.

I preached from S. John XII.24.  In the evening at 7pm the Revd J. B. Gray of SS. Philip & James Oxford preached from Psalm CIV.30  The offertories were given to the distressed Operatioes of the North.  The day was very agreeably spent.  Mr. Barff entertained a few friends at dinner at 1.30; then a game of cricket took place between 11 of Little Wittenham & 11 of N. Moreton; then several old people (all receiving Parish pay) drank tea; then a supper to about 50 or 60 of the farm labourers etc.

XVIIth Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 12.

Morning Service at Upton.  My text S. Luke XIV.11.

Afternoon Service at Upton.  My text S. Mark XIV.18.19.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text Hebrews I.14.

Gave notice that our Harvest Thanksgiving at Thorpe will be on Thursday next at 6.30pm.

Monday, Oct 13.

I was suffering so much from rheumatism this morning that there was no Morning Prayer at Thorpe.

Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe.  (Levi Lane died at Aston Tirrold last night at 10.)

Thursday, Oct. 16.

We celebrated our Harvest Thanksgiving at Thorpe.  The Church had been very prettily decorated with corn & wreaths etc. by my wife.  The Prayers were said (at 7pm by the Rural Dean, the Revd J. L. Hoskyns) and I preached from Proverbs III.9.10.  The Alms amounted to £2..0..10¼. Given to Lancashire Fund.

XVIIIth Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 19th.

Full Morning Service at Upton 9am.  My text from Ezekiel XX.19.20.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text Ezekiel XX.19.20.  Celebration of Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}   Churchwardens
  • John Huggins
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Ann Huggins
  • Amelia Chesterman
  • Martha Breach

Alms 8s..4d.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text Ps. C.4.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6pm.  My text Galat. V.9.

Tuesday, Oct. 21st.

This evening we celebrated our Harvest Thanksgiving at Upton.  The Sermon was preached by the Revd J. L. Hoskyns, Rector of Aston Tirrold & Rural Dean, from Ps. CXVI.v.11-16 (prayer Book Version).  Alms collected £1..10..11½, given to Fund for Distressed Manufacturers in the North.  The Church prettily decorated with wreaths etc. made by my wife (who was too unwell to put them up) and tied up with flowers etc. by Miss Hale.

Wednesday, Oct. 22.

No Morning Prayer this morning at Thorpe.

Thursday, Oct. 23.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe.  This evening I preached at South Moreton, it being the Harvest Thanksgiving.  My text from Psalm CXVI. 11-16, Prayer Book Version.  The Vicar of North Moreton (Revd A. Barff) preached in the morning.  The Alms were given to the Lancashire Distress Fund.

Saturday, Oct. 24.

My wife and I left for our house at Whitchurch, where we proposed to stay till this day week (Nov. 1).

XIXth Sunday after Trinity, October 25th

The Morning and Afternoon Services at Upton were taken by the Revd Price, Curate of North Moreton, and the Evening Service at Aston Upthorpe by the Revd J. L. Hoskyns, Rural Dean & Rector of Aston Tirrold.  I preached in the afternoon at Whitchurch, Oxon.

Saturday, Nov. 1.

Returned this evening from Whitchurch.

Xxth Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 2nd.

Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. Luke XVIII.1.  Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Philip Humphrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • John Weatherall
  • George Compton
  • Rhoda Humfrey
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms  6s..8d.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from Ephesians  V.19.20.

Evening Service at Aston Upthorpe 6pm.  My text from S. Luke XVIII.1.  Published the Banns of Marriage between William Didcock and Elizabeth Coling – my first Banns published in this Church.

Monday, Nov. 3.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Aston Upthorpe at 8.30am which will be the hour during the winter months.

XXIst Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 9th

Full Service, Upton 11am.  My text Ps.CXLIV.15.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text I Thess,V.8.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm.  My text Ps.CXLIV.15.

N.B. The Morning & Evening Sermons were preached with special reference to the coming of age of the Prince of Wales.

Friday, Nov. 14.

Paid Messers Finch, contractors for Upton School £62, being the first instalment of their contract.

XXIInd Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 16th

Full Service, Upton 9am.  My text S. Matt.XVIII.21.

Full Service Thorpe 11am.  My text S. Matt.XVIII.21.  Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • John Chesterman
  • John Breach, churchwarden
  • Abner Grace (Clerk)
  • – Watehorn
  • Sophie Hooper
  • John Clifford
  • Martha Breach
  • John Huggins
  • Susan Slade
  • Mr. B. Slade absent from home

Alms 9s..3d.

Afternoon Service Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Matth. XVIII.21 (continued from morning)

Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm.  I did not officiate at all, as Mr. Hoskyns and his brother-in-law, Mr. Evans, kindly took my duty.  I sat (surpliced) within the Altar Rails; Mr. Hoskyns said Prayers & Mr. Evans preached from Psalm CXIX.96.

Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Went with my wife to Mollington Parsonage near Banbury, to stay with the Revd Thomas Cox.

Saturday, Nov. 22.

Returned to-night from Mollington.

XXVth Sunday after Trinity (being Sunday next to Advent Sunday), Nov. 23rd.

Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text Rom. XIII.12.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text, Titus II.15.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6pm..  My text Titus III.8.

Monday, Nov. 24th.

Resumed Daily Prayer at Thorpe, interrupted since Tuesday morning by my visit to Mollington.

Saturday, Nov. 29th.

This morning, after Morning Prayer at 9am., William Didcock and Elizabeth Coling were married at Aston Upthorpe.  Being the first wedding in the Church since it became a Parish Church, I did not charge any fees, and my wife gave the newly-married couple a wedding cake and their dinner.

Received a letter from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners acknowledging the reception of the completion of all papers relating to the offer made for the building of a Parsonage House at Upton.

Advent Sunday (St. Andrew’s Day) Nov. 30.

Full Morning Service Upton 11am.  My text from Daniel

VII.13.14.  Sick prayed for, John Sheppard.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text Genesis IV.9.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6pm.  My text from Daniel VII.10.

Tuesday, Dec.2nd.

This evening Full Service with Sermon at Upton at 7pm.  My text from Psalm XIV.1.

This is the commencement of the additional Services during Advent, which will be (D.V.) at Upton on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings at 7pm and at Thorpe on Wednesday & Friday Evenings at the same time.  We had like services in both Churches last year.

Wednesday, Dec.3.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  The Revd J. L. Hoskyns of Aston Tyrrold had promised to preach, but he was summoned to a dying relative in Herefordshire, and I, therefore, preached.  My text from Henrews IX.27.28. (the evening lesson of the day).

Thursday, Dec.4.

Full Service at Upton at 7pm.  My text Hebrews X.37 (the evening Iind lesson).

Friday, Dec. 5.

Full evening Service at Thorpe at 7pm.  The sermon preached by Revd G. K. Morrell, incumbant of Moulsford, from St. Matthew XXIV.12.13.

IInd Sunday in Advent, Dec. 7.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text S. Matt.XXIV.12.13.  Holy

Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Jane Humfrey
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Sarah Butler
  • Thomas Izzard
  • Anne Butler
  • George Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Robert Horsley
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • John Wetherall
  • Betty Geary
  • George Compton
  • Margaret Greenough
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Anne Hall

Alms  5s..6d.   I had no Alms with me, so my Alms not counted.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Luke XIX.13.  Sick prayed for at all services, John Shepherd of Upton.

The congregation at both Churches more than usually large, especially at Thorpe.

Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Full Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from II S. Peter III.14.

Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe, the Sermon by the Revd Albert Barff, Vicar of North Moreton.  Text, Revel. XXII.20.

Thursday, Dec. 11.

This was a very wet & stormy night, and, tho’ I had the pony out, I did not go to Upton.

For this I was very sorry, as a good congregation assembled, & had to disperse as I was not present.

Friday, Dec. 12.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text from Malachi III.16.17.

Saturday, Dec. 14.

Received a letter from the National Society, announcing a grant of £20 for Upton School.

IIIrd Sunday in Advent, Dec. 14.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from Ezekiel XXXIII.6.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from II Timothy III 1-5.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6pm.  My text from Ezekiel XXXIII.6.

Sick prayed for at all Services, John Shepherd and Maria Walter, both of Upton.

Monday, Dec. 15.

At Upton, Mrs. Nathaniel Humfrey of a son; born 3pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Full Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text Malachi III.16.17.

Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  My text I Pet. V.2.3.4 (from evening lesson)

Thursday, Dec. 18.

Planted two of the Yew trees in Upton Churchyard, viz. that in the N.W. corner and that on the left hand of the entrance gates.  Two others were planted (viz. that on the right of the entrance, & that on the south side of the Church on the spot where Mrs. Philip Humfrey’s tree stood).  I think on Saturday Nov. 22 last.  The twelve rose trees on either side of the Church path were planted on Monday November 17th.

Mrs. P. Humfrey’s Yew Tree (see April 29) died.  The following are the names of the twelve rose trees, beginning from the gate and going up to the Church.

Left hand

  1. Sydonie
  2. Baronne Hallez
  3. L’Enfant de Mont Carmel
  4. Acidalie
  5. Madade de Cambaceres
  6. Gloire de Dijon

Right hand

  1. General Jacqueminot
  2. Coupe d’Hebe
  3. Francois Rogers
  4. Baronne Prevost
  5. Auguste Mie
  6. La Ville de St. Denis

Full Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from S. Jude 20.21.

Friday, Dec. 19

Full Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  My text same as last night at Upton.

IVth Sunday in Advent, Dec. 21 (S. Thomas’s Day).

Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text Philipp.IV.4.5.

Afternoon Serv. Upton 3pm.  My text S. John XX.29.

Two women churched this afternoon, the wife of John Shaw, & the wife of Joseph Seymour.

Evening Serv. Thorpe 6pm.  My text S. John XIX.39.

Tuesday Dec. 23

Full Evening Service at Upton at 7pm.  My text I John III.2 (Evening Lesson)

Wednesday, Dec. 24. Xmas Eve.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe, 7pm.  My text Isaiah II.X.1 (Evening Lesson)

Thursday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Full Service at Upton  11am.  My text S. John I.14.  Holy Communion Celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Charles Yates
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Robert Horsley
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Thomas Izzard
  • Anne Butler
  • George Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • John Wetherall
  • Margaret Greenough
  • George Compton
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms 8s..0d.

Mrs. Nathaniel Humfrey not able to come to church, see Dec. 15.  Mrs. Philip Humfrey very poorly & not able to go out of doors.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 3pm.  My text same as morning.

The day was singularly fine and the sun shone brightly, more like a warm autumn day.

Friday, Dec. 26.  St. Stephen’s Day.

Full Service at Thorpe at 11am.  My text from Acts VII.59.60.  This was the first observance of Saints’ Days, and for the future, God willing, the service will always be at 11am, full, with sermon, on Festivals.  No Matins or early Prayers on these days.

Saturday, Dec. 27. S. John Evan. Day.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe at 11am.  There was no sermon as I felt too unwell to preach.

Sunday after Xmas Day, Dec. 28. Innocents Day.

Full Service at Upton 9am.  My text S. Matt. II.17.18.

Full Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text S. Mark X.14.15.

Holy Communion celebrated today instead of last Sunday, to be the Octave of Xmas.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • John Breach,  Churchwarden
  • John Huggins
  • Anne Huggins
  • Amelia Chesterman
  • Maria Herbert
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mr. Parkyns}
  • Mrs. Parkyns}  staying at Mr. Breach’s

Alms:  5s..6d.

Churchwarden Slade ill in bed.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from I Timothy III.16.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6pm.  My text from Psalm XC.12.

Monday, December 29th.

My wife gave a dinner to 14 children (choir children) – Roast beef and plum pudding – as a Xmas treat.

Wednesday, December 31st

My wife and I drove to Wantage, to see Sarah Anne Pope, a Penitent from Thorpe, in S. Mary’s Home.

Thus ended the Year of Grace 1862

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD

Amen

1863

Thursday, January 1.

Circumcision.Full Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from Colossians III.17.

My wife and I spent the evening at North Moreton, where was a School Feast, with Xmas Tree & Magic Lantern etc.  At Evensong I preached from the same text as at Thorpe in the morning.

Saturday, January 3.

Died at Upton at 6pm this evening, Maria Walter.

IInd Sunday after Xmas, Jan. 4.Full Service at Upton 11am.  My text Coloss. III.17.  Holy Communion celebrated, present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • George Compton
  • John Wetherall
  • Robert Horsley
  • Sophie Hooper

Alms:  4s..4d.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text S. Matt. II.1.2.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text Acts IV.12.

Tuesday, January 6th (Epiphany)

Full Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from Psalm XCVIII, verse 2.

At 4pm buried Maria Walter at Upton, aged 80.

Wednesday, January 7th.

Said Matins at Thorpe by myself, no one attending.  My wife ill in bed.

Ist Sunday after Epiphany, January 11th.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S.

Matthew IX.2.  My wife ill in bed, & consequently no music today here.  Hagbourne Church being shut for restoration, the congregation came to Upton.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3.pm..  My text from S. Matthew IX.27.28.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text same as morning.  Mrs. Breach played the Harmonium for my wife (who was ill).  Gave notice of Confirmation here last Sunday, & Upton this morning, reading the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter.  In consequence of the closing of Hagbourne Church, deferred our Communion at Thorpe for a Sunday, so that the Service might be at Upton next Sunday morning at 11am for the accommodation of the Hagbourne Parishioners.

SAMUEL, by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Oxford,

To all the Clergy, Churchwardens, Parents, and Godparents within the Archdeaconry of Berks, Grace, Mercy and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

WHEREAS it is Our purpose, God helping Us, to visit your several Parishes in this ensuing Lent for the purpose of confirming in the Faith those whom ye may present to Us, – We  Beseech you, in the mean season, by prayer and exhortation, to seek to arouse the hearts and instruct in the Faith and Doctrine of our Holy Church the minds of all such as not yet been confirmed amongst you and are of ripe age to receive Confirmation:  and also to accompany the Candidates to the Church at the time set down for the administration of the Ordinance, and join your prayers and intercessions to their vows and supplications:  that so, of God’s love and mercy, there may be shed on us abundantly the sevenfold gifts of His most Holy Sprit.  For which we shall not cease according to our office to pray for you.

Cuddesdon Palace,  December 1862.

Thursday, January 15.

This day we had a vestry meeting at Upton at 2pm. to arrange about the New Union Assessment Act as regards Upton.  There were present, the Incumbant. Mr. Philip Humfrey, Mr. William Butler & Mr. N. Humfrey, & Mr. Thomas Izzard.  We referred the matter to Mr. P. Humfrey & Mr. Butler.

IInd Sunday after Epiphany, January 18th.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. Matthew XVI.26.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text S. Matt. XXV.1.2.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text S. Matt. XI.15.17.  Mrs. Breach played the Harmonium at Thorpe.

Wednesday, Jan. 21st.

Took the wife of Abner Grace (of Blewbury) to Didcot Station, to enable her to go into the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford.

Saturday, January 24.

No morning Prayer at Thorpe today, as I was ill in bed with sore throat.

IIIrd Sunday after Epiphany, January 25th, Conversion of St. Paul.

Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text Acts XXVI.28.9.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from Acts IX.6.  Two Baptisms, and Mrs. N. Butler churched.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text Acts XXVI.28-9.  Mrs. Breach played at Thorpe.

Received a letter from F. Morrell Esq. of Oxford announcing a gift of £20 for our School at Upton, for which God be praised!

Thursday, January 29.

An excellant Village Concert at North Moreton, to which we were invited by Mr. Barff.

An accident to Thomas Yeates of Upton, who fell under the wheels of a waggon he was driving.  He was taken to the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford.

Saturday, January 31.

I have had no Morning Prayer at Thorpe since last Saturday, having been confined to the house with a severe attack of Influenza.  I went, however, to North Moreton on Thursday Evening, & was able to day to drive to Upton.

Septuagesima Sunday, February 1st.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text Genesis I.31.  Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Anne Butler
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • John Wetherall
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Betty Geary

Alms:  4s..8d.

Gave notice of the Confirmation & arranged about the lection of the Candidates.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text Hebrews VI.1.2.3.  Visited Fanny Cumming & George Compton.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Hebrews VI.1.2.3.  1 Baptism and 1 Reception into the church of Children of Isaac & Henrietta Beckinsale.  Gave notice of Confirmation, & arranged about the Candidates.

My wife resumed her playing the Harmonium at both churches.

Purification of B. V. Mary, February 2.

Full Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from S. Luke II.22.

Tuesday, February 3.

After Morning Prayer at Thorpe, went with my wife to Whitchurch.  Stayed the night at Whitchurch.

Wednesday, February 4.

No Morning Prayer at Thorpe, as I was at Whitchurch.

Thursday, February 5.

Resumes Morning Prayer at Thorpe.

Saturday, February 7.

I went to Oxford and saw Mrs. Grace and Thomas Yeates at the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Bought all my tracts for the Candidates for Confirmation.

Sexagesima Sunday, February 8.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from Genesis III.9.10.11.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from St. Luke VIII.4.5.  Visited Robert Horsley & J. Shepherd.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from Genesis III.9.10.11.

Monday, February 9.

After Morning Prayer at Thorpe, I went to London.

Wednesday, February 11.

I returned this evening from London.

Friday, February 13.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe, which had been interrupted by my absence in London.

Saturday, February 14.

At Upton Mrs. Philip Humfrey of a daughter; born 7pm.

Quinquagesima Sunday, February 15.

Full Morning Service at Upton 9am.  My text from I Corin. XIII.13.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from I Corin. XIII.13.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade, Churchwarden
  • John Higgins
  • Anne Huggins
  • Joseph Shaw
  • Martha Breach
  • Sophie Hooper

Alms:  6s..7d.

Churchwarden Breach absent on account of being sent for to see a patient at Upton.

Afternoon Service at Upton at 3pm.  My text I Cor. VIII.1.  Visited Betty Compton & found her very ill.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text Pz. CXXVI.5.6.

Monday, February 16.

Received my Confirmation Class of boys at Upton in my Cottage (formerly Thomas Pitt’s) at 7 pm.  Visited Betty Compton – very low & ill.

Ash Wednesday, February 18.

The Services were Morning Prayer as usual at Thorpe; Litany, Commination & Communion Service at 11am at Upton.  Had the School & Church at Upton photographed by Jenkins of Wallingford.  In the evening at 7 had my Confirmation Class of boys at Thorpe, in the Vestry.

Visited Betty Compton today – very low.

Thursday, February 20.

Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm. (see Printed Form in preceding page); My text from Psalm XVI.8.  Confirmation Candidates in Vestry afterwards.

Friday, Febuary 20.

Litany at Upton at noon.  Drove to Didcot Station & met Mr. St. Aubyn at 10.30am & drove him to Upton.  After Litany, he thoroughly inspected the School, & certified his approval.  Drove him back to the Station.  Dined at our Cottage at Upton.  At 7pm, evening Service.  My text from Numbers XXXII.20,1,2,3. (1st Lesson).  After Service received 12 Confirmation Candidates at the Cottage.; & my wife examined 4 girls at Mrs. Butler’s.

Ist Sunday in Lent, February 22.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from St. Matthew IV.11.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text Galat. V.16.17.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text S. Matt. IV.11.

Monday February 23.

Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  My text from Psalm XVI.11.  Confirmation Candidates in Vestry.

St. Matthias, February 24.

Morning (Full) Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from Acts I.26.

Evening 6pm., lectured & examined the female Candidates at Upton.

Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text S. Matt. VI.6.  At 8 o’clock received the male Confirmation Candidates.

Wednesday, February 25.

Litany at noon, Upton.  William, infant child of Abraham Shawe died.

Thursday, February 26.

Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text Genes. XVII.1.  Confirmation Candidates in Vestry.

Friday, February 27.

Litany at noon, Upton.  Wife of John Baston was churched.

Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from Psalm CXXI.1.2.  The female Confirmation Candidates came to my cottage at 6pm. and the lads at 8pm.

IInd Sunday in Lent, March 1.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from Psalm CXXI.1.2.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Philip Humfrey
  • Thomas Izzard
  • Robert Horsley
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • George Butler
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Sophie Hooper
  • John Wetherall

Alms:  5s..1d.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from Ephesians VI.10.11.  Funeral of William Shawe, aged 2 years & 10 months, at 4.30pm.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from Ephesians VI.10.11.

Monday, March 2.

No Morning or Evening Service at Thorpe, as my wife and I were obliged to go to Whitchurch to see her uncle Charles Whitaker, who was dying.

Tuesday, March 3.

Morning Prayer resumed at Thorpe (interrupted only yesterday).

Evening Service, Upton, 7pm.  My text from Philippians II.5.7.7. (Evening IInd lesson).

Confirmation Cand. at 8.

Wednesday, March 4.

C. S. Whitaker died at 10am.

Litany at noon at Upton.  I preached at Chilton 7pm. at the request of Revd E. Chaplin, though the preachers on Wednesday evening during Lent were to be of the Wantage Deanery.  My text from Genesis III.9.10.

Thursday, March 5.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 7pm.  My text from S. John VI. 68.  Confirmation Cand. at 8.

Friday, March 6.

Litany at noon, Upton.  Confirmation (Female) Candidates at 6pm.

Evening Service, 7pm.  My text Coloss. I 27-8-9.  Confirmation (Male) Cand. 8pm.

George Shaw, brother of William Shaw (see Feb.25.) died.

IIIrd Sunday in Lent, March 8.

Full Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text Genesis XXXIX 9.

Afternoon, Upton, 3pm.  My text Coloss. III.5.6.

Evening, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Genesis XLII.36.

Monday, March 9.

Evening Service, Thorpe 7pm.  My text from Psalm XXVII.8. (Bible Version).

Confirmation Candidates.

Tuesday, March 10.

Evening Service at Upton, 7pm.  My text Joshua I.9 (1st Lesson).

Wednesday, March 11.

Litany at noon, Upton.  Buried at 4pm George, son of Abraham and Drusilla Shaw, aged 1 year.

Thursday, March 12.

This day, after Morning Prayer at Thorpe, I left for Bampton, Oxon, to Attend the funeral of Charles Whitaker, my wife’s uncle.  In consequence of this I was unable to go to North Moreton to present the Thorpe Confirmation Candidates to the Bishop, to whom I wrote an apology.  We had 4 Candidates confirmed, viz. William Kirby, Gad Hutchins, Frank Beckingsale & Emily Lewington.

After the funeral at Bampton, the mourners all returned by Oxford, where I slept.  Thro’ my absence, no Evening Service at Thorpe.

Friday, March 14.

I assisted at early celebration at S. Thomas’s Church, Oxford.  Returned home at 3pm.

No Morning Prayer at Thorpe, or Litany at Upton, in consequence of my absence.

Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from Joshua VII.11.12 (Evening Lesson)

Confirmation Candidates at 8pm.  Gave cards to 10 young men.

IVth Sunday in Lent, March 15.

Full Morning Service at Upton, 9am.  My text from S. John II.24.25.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text from S. John II. 25 last half of verse.  Holy Communion celebrated.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • John Huggins
  • Martha Breach
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms: 7s..4d.

Afternoon Service at Upton, 3pm.  My text from Ephesians VI.10.11, being an address to the Confirmation Candidates.  Four Baptisms, viz: Fred Baston, Gad Greenough, James Denis Shaw and Rachel Butler.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from Joshua VII.11.12.

Monday, March 16.

Drove to Upton at 11am and walked 12.30 to Chilton to the Confirmation with the Candidates.  My wife took the girls, & i the lads.  We arrived at Chilton shortly after 1pm.  The Bishop arrived at 2pm.  A procession was then formed consisting of the Choir, then myself & Revd – Price, Rector of Farnborough, then Mr. Chaplin & Revd – Evans of All Saints, Notting Hill, then the Bishop attended by Archdeacon Randall.  We were in surplice, stole & hood – the Revd Loveday of East Ilsley, with his Curate, & the Revd H. Morant of West Ilsley were in gowns & therefore sat amongst the congregation.  Mr. Chaplin said Evensong, and I read the 1st Lesson, & Mr. Price the Iind .  We had 15 Candidates from Upton. viz.

  • Baston, John aged 29
  • Butler, Henry –  22
  • Butler, Edwin –  18
  • Compton, Ambrose –  23
  • Izzard, John –  16
  • Pope, Isaac –  17
  • Prior, William –  16 *
  • Winter, Alfred –  19
  • Winter, Elijah –  19
  • Yeates, James –  17
  • Yeates, William –  23
  • Dearlove, Elizabeth –  26
  • Edney, Mary Jane –  17
  • Keates,  Tirzah –  16
  • Wetherall, Kezia –  16

* William Prior’s card was given on the morning of the Confirmation at Chilton.

We walked home with them from Chilton at 4.30pm.  Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  My text from Psalm XXXVI.9.

Tuesday, March 17.

Evening Service at Upton, 7pm.  My text from II Thessalonians III.5.

Wednesday, March 18.

Litany at noon at Upton, immediately after which I baptised Elizabeth d. of Nathaniel & Mary Magdalene Butler, & received into the church Edith their elder daughter.  In the afternoon I privately baptised Constance d. of Philip & Rhoda Humfrey, as she was in danger of death.

Thursday, March 19.

Evening Service at Thorpe 7pm.  My text from II Corinth. V.6.7.8.

Friday, March 20.

Litany at noon at Upton.  Evening Service at Upton.  My text from Judges XVI.20.

Vth Sunday in Lent, March 22.

By this morning’s post I received an official communication from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners giving a grant of £1000 towards Upton Parsonage, “All Glory be to GOD.”

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am. My text from Hebrews IX.13.14.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from I Timothy VI.6.7.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from Exodus III.5.

Monday, March 23.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 7pm.  My text from Judges XVI.20.

Tuesday, March 25.

Evening Service at Upton, 7pm.  My text II Timothy II.7.8.

Constance Humfrey died about 8.45pm.

Wednesday, March 25. (Annunciation of B.V.M.)

Full Service at Thorpe 11am – no sermon.

In the Evening I preached at South Moreton at 7pm.  My text from S. Luke I.38.

Thursday, March 26.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 7pm.  My text from Hosea IV.17

Friday, March 27.

Buried Constance Humfrey at Upton at 11am.  The first brick grave.

Litany at noon at Upton.

Evening Service at Upton.  My text Philipp. IV.8.

Saturday, March 28.

After Matins at Thorpe, I went to Oxford to buy flowers etc. for decorating both Churches at Easter.

Sunday before Easter, March 29.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. Matthew XXVII.54.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text Lamentations I.12.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30.  Same text as afternoon.

Monday before Easter, March 30.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am. but no Sermon.

Evening Service, Thorpe 7pm.  Text Isaiah LIII.5.6.

Tuesday before Easter, March 31.

Communion Service at Upton, 11am.  Sermon, my text S. John XIX.30.

Evening Service, Thorpe 7pm.  Text as in morning.

Wednesday before Easter, April 1.

I walked to Upton for Service at 11am, but by a singular accident we could not get into the Church, as the key was at Mrs. Fisher’s, & she had gone out & forgotten it.

Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from Lamentations III.19.

Thursday before Easter, April 2.

Communion Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. John XIII.8.

Evening Service at Upton, 7pm.  My text from I Corinth. XI.23,4,5,6.

Good Friday, April 3.

Full Service, Upton 11am.  My text S. Luke XXIII.44,5,6.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text I. Pet.II.25.

Evening Service, Thorpe 7pm.  My text I Pet. II.7 (first paragraph).

Easter Eve, April 4.

Communion Service, Upton 11am.  My text S. Matthew XXVII.66.

Evening Service, Thorpe 7pm..  My text Psalm XVI.9 (last paragraph).

EASTER DAY, April 5.

Celebration of Holy Communion at Aston Upthorpe at 9am.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • John Breach, Churchwarden
  • John Huggins
  • John Chesterman
  • William Kirby *
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Susan Slade
  • Martha Breach
  • Louisa Breach *
  • Amelia Chesterman
  • Mrs. Redgard

Alms: 9s..3d

Mr. B. Slade taken ill just before Service.

* Newly confirmed.

Full Service, Upton 11am.  My text Romans VI.3.4.  Holy Communion celebrated, present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • Charles Yates
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Pope
  • John Wetherell
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Betty Geary

Alms:  7s..1d.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Acts II.32.32.

Full Service, Thorpe 6.30.  My text Acts II.32.33.

Easter Monday, April 6.

Communion Service, Thorpe 11am (Matins of course at 8.30am.)  My text S. Matth. XXVIII.5.6.

Easter Tuesday, April 7.

Communion Service, Thorpe 11am.  My text from Colossiams III.1.

We held our usual Parish Vestries, viz. at Thorpe at 9am and at Upton 2pm.  The business the same as last year.

Ist Sunday after Easter, April 12.

Full Service Morning, Upton, 11am.  My text from S. John XX.26.27.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from Numbers XVI.1.2.3.4.

Full Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from  S. John XX.26-7.

We lent Thorpe Church from this day for Morning and Afternoon Service to the Parishioners of Aston Tirrold, while their Church was being enlarged.

Wednesday, April 15.

After Morning Prayer at Thorpe, I left for Oxford to see the Bishop about the arrangements for the opening of the School at Upton on the 25th Inst.  I met him at the Church of SS. Philip & James, & he promised to come at 11am on that day, sleeping the night before at Aston Tirrold Rectory.  On leaving Oxford, I went to Whitchurch, my wife meeting me at Wallingford Road Station, to stay with Captain & Mrs. Fowler at Walliscote.

IInd Sunday after Easter, April 19.

I left Whitchurch at 9.55am & proceeded to Didcot, where Mr. Huggins met me with the pony carriage.

Full Service at Upton 11am.  My text from Acts XVI.29.30.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from I Peter III.8.9.

I returned to Walliscote, and the Evening Service at Thorpe was taken by the Revd J. L. Hoskyns, Mr. Morrell of Moulsford preaching.

Wednesday, April 22.

We returned home from Walliscote.

Thursday, April 23.

I went to Oxford early to make arrangements for the Bishop’s coming on the 25th.  I heard that the Bishop was ill, & telegraphed to him in London, & in reply heard he could not come on Saturday.

I, therefore wrote to all the priests & postponed the School opening.

Friday, April 24.

Resumed Daily Morning Service at Thorpe.

Saturday, April 25. (S. Mark’s Day)

Full Morning Service at Thorpe, 11am.  No sermon.  Received a kind letter from the Bishop, explaining his illness.

III Sunday after Easter, April 26.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text, Deuteronomy IV.7.8.9.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from S. John I Epist. II.15.16.17.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  Same text as at Upton in the afternoon.

Wednesday, April 29.

I planted a giant ivy, a climbing rose, two plants of hops, a white jasmine & a clematis, round our schools at Upton.

Friday, May 1.  (St Philip & St James)

Full Morning Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from S. John XIV.8.9.10.

In the evening I preached at North Moreton, my text being S. John XIV.9.

IVth Sunday after Easter, May 3.

Full Morning Service at Upton at 11am.  My text from S. John XIV.9.

Holy Communion celebrated, present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Wetherall
  • John Pope
  • George Compton
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Jane Humfrey
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • – Locke, an old Parishioner of Upton who had left & lately returned after an absence of 12 years.

Alms:  4s..11d.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text from S. John XVI.22

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from S. John XIV.9.

Thursday, May 7.

My wife and I went to the reopening of Little Wittenham Church.

Vth Sunday after Easter (Rogation Sunday) May 10.

Full Morning Service at Upton at 11am.  My text from S. John XVI.23.  The Sermon was explanatory of Rogation Tide.  Prayed for Rain.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text S. Mark XVI.19.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text and subject as at Upton in the morning.

Tuesday, May 12.

My wife and I went to London, as I had business with the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and others.

Wednesday, May 13.

I returned home this evening (leaving my wife in London) that I might celebrate Holy Communion tomorrow.  The Morning Prayer at Thorpe interupted this day by my absence in London.

Thursday, May 14. (Ascension Day).

Full Morning Service at Thorpe at 11am.  Prayers were said by the Revd J. Leigh Hoskyns (of Aston Tyrrold) and the Communion Office by me.  I preached from S. John XIV.2.3.

Celebration – present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Revd J. L. Hoskyns
  • Mrs. Hoskyns
  • Mrs. Taylor  (Aston Tyrrold)
  • Mrs. Breach

Alms:  6s..0d

The Alms given for the poor of Aston Tyrrold.

Full Evening Service at Upton 7pm.  My text from S. Luke XXIV. 50-3.

Sunday after Ascension, May 17.

Full Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text from Acts I.14.

Afternoon Service, Upton.  My text from Colloss. III.1.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Acts I.14.

Monday, May 18.

I left home to join my wife in London.

Saturday, May 23.

My wife and I returned from London.

Whit-Sunday, May 24.

Holy Communion at Thorpe, 9am.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • John Huggins
  • Mr. Todd (Mr. Breach’s Assistant)
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Susan Slade
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms: 10s..3d.

Full Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text from Acts II.1.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • William Butler, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Wetherall
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms: 6s..0½d

Sophie Hooper present, but had received at Thorpe.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text. Galat. V.16.

Whit Monday, May 25.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe 8.30am which had been suspended by my absence in London.

There would have been Communion Service at 11am but the Aston Benefit Club Meeting & the noise etc. determined me not to have it.

Whit Tuesday, May 26.

Besides the Morning Prayer at Thorpe, I had Communion Service at Upton (no celebration) at 11am.  My wife and I planted a yellow jasmine, a wisteria, a honeysuckle, and some flower seeds at the School, Upton.

Trinity Sunday, May 31.

Holy Communion at Thorpe at 9am. Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • John Breach, Churchwarden
  • Mr. Todd (Mr. Breach’s Assist.)
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Mrs. Bartholomew
  • Mrs. John Bartholomew

Alms:  6s..0d.

Full Service at Upton 11am.  My text from I Corinth. XIII.12.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper, celebrant
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • George Compton
  • Mrs. Geo. Butler

Alms:  2s..2d.

Sophie Hooper present, but commun. at Thorpe.

*** I observe that I have omitted to record the Full Services, Afternoon 3pm. at Upton & Evening 6.30pm. at Thorpe, on this (Trinity) Sunday.  I cannot now remember my texts, but I preached upon both occasions.

Trinity Monday, June 1.

I went to Faringdon to see Mr. Crowdy, Mr. Thomas Humfrey’s Solicitor, about the Conveyance of the Parsonage Site.

Friday, June 5.

I received a letter from the Bishop, fixing Monday the 15th Inst. for our School Opening.

Saturday , June 6.

Issued invitations to meet the Bishop.

I Sunday after Trinity, June 7.

Full Morning Service, Upton 11am.  My text from S. Luke XVI.30,1.

Holy Communion, Present:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humphrey, Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Wetherall
  • George Compton
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Jane Humfrey
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Nanny Elliott

Alms: 6s..3d.

Afternoon Service, Upton 3pm.  My text Genes. XVIII. vss. 17.18.19. – with reference to our School Opening.

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text same as morning.

St. Barnabas, Thursday, June 11.

Full Morning Service, Thorpe, 11am.  No sermon.  I was to have preached at North Moreton, but was unable to go there, in the Evening.

IInd Sunday after Trinity, June 14.

Full Morning Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. Luke XIV.16.

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text from S. Matthew VIII 5.6.7.8.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  Same text as at Upton in the afternoon.

Prayers offered at all the Services for Hannah Grace of Blewbury, who had gone to London to undergo a perilous operation.

Monday, June 15.

This day was fixed by the Bishop for the opening of our School at Upton.  We had made great preparations.  Triumphal Arches were erected at the entrance of the village, and also at the road going up to the School, besides one before each of the Messrs. Humfrey’s houses.  At 11.30 the Bishop arrived, accompanied by Archdeacon Randall.  His Lordship drove to Mr. N. Humfrey’s.  The Clergy then robed in their surplices etc. and a procession was formed.  Immediately preceding the Bishop, his magnificent Pastoral Staff was carried.  This, I believe (The Bishop told me this was the case), was the first occasion it had been used in public procession.  It had been used at Cuddesdon on the Anniversary of the College, but that was, this year, a private meeting, confined to members of the College.  It had also been used yesterday in Little Wittenham Church, where his Lordship preached.  The Bishop wished the junior Clergyman present to carry it – a deacon if possible, but as no deacon was present, the Revd J. S. Hilliard, Rector of Little Wittenham carried it.  On arriving at the Church, I said the Litany.  We then sang No. 230 from “Hymns Ancient & Modern” to Melcombe Tune.  The Bishop then baptised William Joseph, the son of Mr. & Mrs. N. Humfrey.  He then preached a most eloquent Sermon, taking for his text, singularly enough, Genesis XVIII.17.18.19. the very text I had preached upon on Sunday week last.  We then sang Hymn 209 to S. Peter’s Tune & the offertory was collected, amounting to £31.  At 1 o’clock we all sat down (in number 75) to luncheon in the School-room, which was elegantly decorated with flowers & flags.  The luncheon was provided by Mr. Rose of the Upper Ship, Reading.

The Bishop took the Chair, and gave toasts with more than usual genial humour.  After luncheon we all went to Mr. Humfrey’s barn in the middle of the village, which had been pretily dressed with flowers, flags & boughs by Jacob Butler.  Here every grown-up person in the village was seated to dinner.  The Bishop made a brief speech & said grace, & then sat down in a chair which had been beautifully decorated with flowers (roses) & boughs by the Misses Butler, daughters of Mr. Churchwarden Butler.  His Lordship & the Archdeacon left at 3.15.  The tables having been cleared in the School, tea, with abundance of cake etc., was laid out for 100 children.  Everything passed off admirably, and such a day of enjoyment has never been witnessed in Upton before.  The weather was beautiful.  Amongst those present were:

  • The Lord Bishop of Oxford
  • The Venerable the Archdeacon of Berks.
  • The Revd the Rural Dean & Mrs. Hoskyns
  • The Revd A. Barff, Vicar of North Moreton
  • The Revd – Price, Curaue of North Moreton
  • The Revd J. Frith, Curate of South Moreton
  • The Revd J. Bennett, Inc. of Caversham
  • The Revd T. Morzes, Inc. of Wokingham
  • The Revd R. Meredith, Vicar of Hagbourne
  • The Revd E. Sykes, Vicar of Basildon
  • The Revd J. A. S. Hilliard, Rector of Little Wittenham
  • The Revd J. C. Clutterbuck, Vicar of Long Wittenham
  • The Revd W. Sykes, Basildon
  • The Revd F. Ll. Lloyd, Vicar of Aldworth
  • The Revd J. Macdonald, Vicar of Blewbury
  • The Revd J. Baly, Curate of Wallingford & Mrs. Baly
  • The Revd S. M. Smith, Vicar of Harwell & Mrs. Smith
  • The Revd C. R. Pows, & Mrs. Powys, Culham
  • Miss Monck, Caversham, & Liss Knipe
  • The Misses Powys, Wokingham
  • The Revd E. M. Chaplin, Rector of Chilton
  • Mrs. Chaplin & Mrs. Carey
  • R. Payne Esq. (Wallingford)
  • Mrs. Pain (Bridgewater)
  • The Revd – Aldworth, Mr. Aldworth (of West Hagburne), Mrs. Aldworth & Miss Aldworth, Mr. & Miss Brown (Compton).
  • Mr. J. Lousley (Hagbourne), J. Pearman, Joseph Humfrey, W. Humfrey (Oak-Ash)
  • Herbert Humfrey, – Herbert, Mr. & Mrs. Breach, Mr. & Mrs. B. Slade, Mr. H. Slade, Miss Agnes Slade, Mrs. Appleford, the Misses Lovell, Miss Barber. Miss Ada Lousley, Mr. Sloddon (Ex. Coll. Oxon.)

IIIrd Sunday after Trinity, June 21.

Full Service at Upton 11am.  My text S. Luke III.5.6

Afternoon Service at Upton 3pm.  My text I Samuel III.19

Evening Service, Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text S. Luke III.5.6

Hannah Grace prayed for at all Services.

S. John Baptist’s Day, Wednesday, June 24.

Full Service, Thorpe 11am.  My text from Malachi III.1.  In the evening I preached at North Moreton from the same text.

IVth Sunday after Trinity, June 28.

Full Service at Upton, 11am.  My text from I S. Peter II.17. with reference to the Anniversary of the Coronation (25th Anniv.)

Afternoon Service at Upton, 3pm.  The Sermon by Revd E. M. Chaplin, Rector of Chilton, from Hebrews XII.1.2.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My Sermon & subject as in morning from I Pet. II.17.

St. Peter’s Day, June 29.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text from S. John VI.67-8-9.

In the afternoon Mr. Philip Humfrey accompanied by the Revd J. C. Clutterbuck (of Long Wittenham) & myself examined a curious cave or grave on his Downs at Upton, & found numerous bones of animals & some Romano-British antiquities.

In the evening I preached at North Moreton from S. John VI. 67-8-9.

Tuesday, June 30.

After morning Prayer my wife & I left home for Whitchurch, to stay at Whitchurch House.

Saturday, July 4.

We returned this evening from Whitchurch.

Vth Sunday after Trinity, July 5.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from I Samuel XV.22.23.

Holy Communion, Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • John Wetherall
  • Robert Horsley
  • Charles Yeates
  • George Compton
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. Geo. Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Betty Geary

Alms:  4s..0d

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from Coloss. I.27-8-9.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text as at Upton in the morning.

Monday, July 6.

I left home this morning for Dundry near Bristol, and slept at Bath.

Tuesday, July 7.

Returned home.

Wednesday, July 8.

Resumed Morning Prayer at Thorpe, which had been interrupted by my absence.

VIth Sunday after Trinity, July 12.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from II Samuel XII.5.6.7.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text I Thess. IV.13.14.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text II Samuel XII.13.

Friday, July 17.

We went to the re-opening of Hagbourne Church after restoration.  The Bishop, attended by the Archdeacon of Berks and Oxon., came.  His Lordship preached a most beautiful sermon from Hebrew X.19.20.21 & part of 22.

This night between 11 & 12pm I was called out of bed to baptize the dying child of Maria Lay of Aston Tirrold.

The child was named Martha Jane.

VIIth Sunday after Trinity, July 19.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text S. John VII.37-8-9.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Psalm XXXVI.9.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text I Tim. IV.8.

Sick prayed for – Hannah Grace.

Wednesday, July 22.

This being S. Mary Magdalene’s Day, I drove to Wantage to attend the Anniversary of S. Mary’s Home.  The morning being wet, my wife did not go.  The Sermon was by the Revd John Keble (author of the “Christian Year”) from S. Mark XIV.8 “She hath done what she could”.  It was a very beautiful sermon, and he was requested to print it.  I saw Sarah Anne Pope (a penitent from Thorpe) and she was behaving very well.  I left after Evensong at the Chapel of the Home at 4pm.

Saturday, July 25.

St. James.Morning Prayer at Thorpe at 8.30am this day as the Bishop came to open Aston Tirrold Church at 11am. after its restoration and enlargement.  His Lordship was accompanied by the Archdeacon of Berks & Oxon.  On leaving the Rectory, at the request of Mr. Hoskyns, who had been desired by the Bishop to have the 68th Psalm chanted, I led the Procession chanting to a Gregorian Tone.  The Bishop preached from S. Matthew XX.22.  The Offertory amounted to £52..10.  Mr. Barff was not able to attend as he had met with a severe accident.

VIIIth Sunday after Trinity, July 26.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from Genesis VIII 21-22.

Subject, God’s Providence (Collect of the Day) & the Harvest.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text, Titus I.15.16.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text and subject as at Upton in the morning.

Monday, July 27.

Hannah Grace returned from London to Blewbury, after a successful operation at the Samaritan Hspital, Edwards Street, Portman Square.

IXth Sunday after Trinity, August 2.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from I Kings XVIII.17.18.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}   Churchwardens
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • John Wetherall
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms:  5s..5½d

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from I Kings XIX.13, last paragraph.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  Same text as at Upton in the afternoon.

Monday, August 2.

My birthday.  My wife & I went to Oxford to get some books for our School at Upton.

Saturday, Aug. 8.

Wallace Humfrey went to School.

Xth Sunday after Trinity, August 9.

This morning I left home for North Moreton & celebrated Holy Communion at 8am.  Mr. Barff (who had been suffering most seriously from an accident) received Holy Communion, – the first time he had been able to attend Church.  At 11am, I took the Service there – My text from S. Luke XIX.47 (first paragraph).  I also took the Afternoon Service at 3pm. there – my text, Psalm XVI.11.  I then drove home and took the Evening Service at Thorpe.  My text being the same as at North Moreton in the morning.  The morning Service at Upton was taken for me by the Revd C. R. Powys of Culham; and as we could not get assistance for the afternoon (I being at N. Moreton), I arranged that the Service should be at 6.30pm and the Revd J. Frith, Curate of South Moreton, kindly took it for me.  My wife was at Upton for the Evening Service, & consequently we had no Harmonium at Thorpe.  I baptised Jane, daughter of George & Rhoda Smith, in the Evening Service at Thorpe.

Saturday, August 15.

I signed the Deed of the Conveyance of the Tithe of my Parishes at Oxford, the Bishop & the Revd J. Macdonald, Vicar of Blewbury, having signed before.

Xith Sunday after Trinity, August 16.

Full Service, Upton, 9am.  My text from II Kings V.12, last paragraph.

Full Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text from II Kings V.9.10.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade,  Churchwarden
  • John Huggins
  • – Todd (Mr. Breach’s Assistant)
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Susan Slade
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms: 10s..4d.

Full Service, Upton 3pm. My text I Peter I.25-5.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text S. Matt. VI.33. (Written Sermon)

I received a letter from Revd Stephen Hawtrey of Eton announcing the death of my kind old friend W. Madox-Blackwood Esq. of Pitreavie & Windsor, who died at Windsor on Thursday last of apoplexy, having been struck on the Saturday previous.

Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Received the plans of the new Parsonage at Upton from Mr. J. P. St. Aubyn.  I obtained the names of some Builders to tender at Oxford on Saturday last.

Wednesday, Aug. 19.

I filled up, & sent to the Bishop, the Forms for Upton & Aston Upthorpe, for his approaching Visitation.

XIIth Sunday after Trinity, Aug, 23.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text S. Mark VII.37.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text II Pet. III.10.11.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text S. Mark VII.37.

Monday, Aug. 24. St. Bartholomew.

Full Service, Thorpe, 11am.  No Sermon.

I drove H. Peyman, of Abingdon, to see site of Parsonage House, Upton, he wishing to tender for Contract.

Evening Service at N. Moreton.  I preached from S. John I.47.

XIIIth Sunday after Trinity, August 30.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text Acts XXVIII.30-1.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text S. Luke X.35.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text II Cor. IV.17.18.

Monday, August 31.

Drove – Wheeler, Landscape Gardener, from Suttons’ Reading, to look over & plan our grounds at Upton.

Tuesday, September 1.

Received the Tenders for Parsonage House at Upton, and sent them to Mr. St. Aubyn.

XIVth Sunday after Trinity, Sept. 6.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from S. Luke XVII.17.  Holy Communion. Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Wetherall
  • George Compton
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Anne Hale
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms:  5s..5d.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from I Corinth. XIII.13, first paragraph.  See Collect of the Day.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text and subject as at Upton in the afternoon.  We began with candles for the 1st time this year.

XVth Sunday after Trinity, September 13.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text S. Matt. VI.33.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Rom. XIV.12.

Full Service Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Rom. XIV.12.

XVIth Sunday after Trinity, September 20.

Full Service, Upton, 9am.  My text S. Luke VII.14 last paragraph.

Full Service, Thorpe, 11am.  Text as above. Holy Communion: Present.

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • John Breach}
  • B. Slade}  Churchwardens
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Mrs. Robinson (Mrs. Breach’s sister)
  • John Huggins

Alms:  8s..6d.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text I Cor. V.6.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from I Cor. V.2.

Monday, September 21.  St. Matthew’s Day.

Full Service at Thorpe, 11am.  No Sermon.

After Church I went to a Ruridecanal Chapter at Aston Tyrrold.  Litany & Holy Communion celebrated.  There were present:

  • The Archdeacon of Berks
  • The Revd J. Leigh Hoskyns, Rural Dean, Rector of Aston Tyrrold
  • The Revd G. K. Morrell, P.C. of Moulsford
  • The Revd A. Barff, Vicar of North Moreton
  • The Revd J. Frith, Curate of South Moreton
  • The Revd R. Milford, Rector of Brightwell
  • The Revd J. Langley, Rector of Wallingford
  • The Revd H. W. Lloyd, Vicar of Cholsey
  • The Revd R. Meredith, Vicar of Hagbourne
  • The Revd J. A. S. Hilliard, Rector of Little Wittenham
  • The Revd J. Slatter, Vicar of Streatley
  • The Revd J. Macdonald, Vicar of Blewbury
  • The Revd John Holding, P.C. of Ashampstead
  • The Revd J. A. Ashworth, Rector of Didcot
  • The Revd R. Hooper, P.C. of Upton & Aston Upthorpe.

The subjects for discussion were – “The Revised Code & Middle Schools, – Clerical Subscription” – The best means of getting our Parishioners to come to “open their griefs, & to receive ghostly council & advice & the benefit of Absolution”  The Archdeacon attended that he might gather the opinions of the Clergy as to the advisability of altering the Law regarding the Burial Service.  At 4pm we dined with the Rural Dean.

In the evening I preached at North Moreton from S. Matthew IX.9.

Wednesday, September 23.

My wife and I left this morning at 11am for Little Wittenham, where we spent the day with Mr. & Mrs. Hilliard, to celebrate the Harvest Thanksgiving.  In the evening, at full Service 7pm, I preached from II Timothy III.2. “Unthankful”.  The church was beautifully decorated, & the Congregation large.

Thursday, Sep. 24.

We left for Whitchurch.

Friday, Sep. 25.

We returned this evening from Whitchurch.

XVIIth Sunday after Trinity Sep. 27.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from Ezekiel XIV.7.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from II Timothy III.2 (as at Wittenham on Wednesday).  Gave notice at both Services of our Harvest Thanksgiving to be at Upton on Tuesday Oct. 6 & at Thorpe, Wednesday Oct. 7th.

Baptised, after IInd Lesson, Elizabeth Jane d. of Ambrose & Anne Compton.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  Same text as at Upton in the afternoon.  Hannah Grace returned thanks for the recovery from her dangerous illness.  Gave notice of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Oct 7.

Monday, Sep. 28.

Left for Whitchurch to give up our house.

Tuesday, Sep. 29.  St. Michael’s Day.

In consequenceof my being compelled to be at Whitchurch, no Service at Thorpe.  Returned late in the evening from Whitchurch.

Thursday, October 1.

We went to S. Moreton at 10.30am.  Harvest Thanksgiving.  Full Service 11am.  I preached from S. Mark IV.20 (IInd Lesson).  Holy Communion celebrated.  The Revd A. Barff assisted Mr. Frith, celebrant.  We spent the day with the Friths.  In the evening, the Revd E. M. Chaplin, Rector of Chilton, preached.

Friday, Oct. 2.

I went to Whitchurch to see the last of our furniture sent off.

XVIIIth Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 4.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from S. Matthew XXII.41.42.

Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • George Compton
  • John Wetherall
  • Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Rodbourne, a stranger

Alms:  6s..8d.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from St. Mark VII.21.  Gave notice at both Services for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, & notice of Celebration on that day.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from S. Matthew XXII.41.42.  Published the Banns between George Powell & Maria Hughes.  Notice of our Harvest Thanksgiving & Celebration of Holy Communion on Wednesday next.

Tuesday, October 6.

This day we celebrated our Harvest Thanksgiving at Upton.  We left home after Matins at Thorpe, and arrived at Upton at 10.30.  The Church had been decorated by my wife yesterday.  We had Holy Communion (Celebration) at 10.45.  I preached a short Sermon from S. Mark IV.20.  There were present at the Celebration:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • George Butler
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. Rodbourne  [Mrs. Rodbourne has come to live with her relatives the Cobbs (Honey).  She comes from Blewbury.]

After Service Mr. St. Aubyn & Mr. Gardiner, Builder of Oxford arrived, and we agreed to the contract for the Parsonage House £1330.  We then went to the site & marked out the place.  Mr. Gardiner promised to begin immediately.  After they had gone, my wife and I, accompanied by Mrs. Philip Humfrey, planted a little seedling walnut tree on the ground.  It was a descendant of the great walnut tree in the garden of this house at Thorpe, where we now live.

At 7pm we had full Service.  The Congregation was good.  I preached from St. Luke XVI.2.  The Collection, with the Alms this morning & our own contribution = £1..19s..3½d given for the Harmonium.

Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Our Harvest Thanksgiving at Thorpe.  The usual Morning Prayer at 8.30am.  Holy Communion celebrated at 11am.  No Sermon.  Present at the celebration:

  • Richard Hooper, Celebrant
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Amelia Chesterman

In the evening at 7pm we had a full Service.  The Church was pretily decorated by the assistance of our kind friend, the Revd James Frith, of South Moreton.  My text from S. Luke XIX.13 “Occupy till I come”.  Alms this morning & Collection this evening £1 given to the fund for the Harmonium.

Thursday, Oct. 8.

Harvest Thanksgiving at North Moreton.  There was an early Celebration.  At 11 o’clock full Service with Sermon by Revd – Baird, Curate of S. Philip’s Clerkenwell.  At 1.30 a dinner to all the old people & the choir, at which all the farmers dined.  We were present, & Mr. & Mrs. Hilliard of Little Wittenham, Revd – Rusby of Fawley etc.  In the Evening Service at 7pm the Revd Rivington, Curate of S. Giles, Oxford, a little village concert followed.

Friday, Oct. 9.

There was no Morning Prayer at Thorpe this morning, as I had to leave early for Whitchurch, to give up the house.

XIXth Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 11.

Full Service, Upton 11am.  My text from Daniel III.16.17.18 (allusion to S. Michael & All Angels, this being Old Michaelmas Day).

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  Text Dan. VI.10.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  Text & subject as morning at Upton, with allusion to Dan. VI.10.

Friday, Oct. 16.

Telegraphed from Didcot Station to London for Martha Gibbs, as Mrs. Huggins, who was taken ill on Sunday last, was most seriously ill.

XXth Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 18. (S. Luke).

Full Service, Upton, 9am.  My text II Tim. IV.9.10.11.

Full Service, Thorpe, 11am.  Same text as at Upton.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • John Breach,  Churchwarden
  • Mr. Todd
  • John Huggins
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • (Mr. Breach’s Cook)

Alms:  9s..0d.

After this Service I administered Holy Communion to Mrs. Huggins – her sister Martha communicated with her.

Anne Huggins prayed for at all Services.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Coloss. IV.14.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Psalm XCI.11.  I preached on the Ministry of Angels, as this was Aston Feast Sunday, doubtless from the fact of Aston Tyrrold being S. Michael & All Angels.

Wednesday, Oct. 21.

This day Mr. Gardiner, the builder, came to Upton, and the foundations of the house were commenced.

Thursday, Oct. 22.

The well at the Parsonage House commenced by the three Lewingtons of Aston Upthorpe; the price to be 5 shillings a yard.

Saturday, Oct. 24.

I married George Powell & Maria Hughes at Aston Upthorpe.  I also buried at 4.30pm Walter Peter Winch Pound, a little boy of 3 years old, who came to Mr. H. Finch’s last Sunday for Aston Feast, and died the same night of inflamation of the lungs.  His parents (who brought him) lived at Clifton Hampden, Oxon.  This being our first funeral at Thorpe.  (See 9 May 1862 & 15 May 1862).  He was buried on the south side of the Church at the extreme west end, close to the wall.  Thus our first funeral at Thorpe was a stranger’s!

XXIst Sunday after Trinity, Oct. 25.

Full Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from Romans XII.7., the latter half.  The subject was in reference to the Night School, which we are about to commence next week.

Full Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from Ephes. V.13.14.

Full Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text as at Upton in the afternoon.

Sick prayed for at all Services, Anne Huggins.

Wednesday, Oct. 28. S.S. Simon & Jude.

Full Morning Service at Thorpe 11am.  No Sermon.  In the evening I preached at North Moreton.  My text from Galat. IV.18.

XXIInd Sunday after Trinity. Nov. 1.

All Saints.Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from Hebrews XII.1.2.  Holy Communion.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • John Wetherall
  • George Compton
  • Robert Horsley
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Sarah Butler
  • Anne Butler
  • Betty Geary
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Mrs. Radbourne

Alms  5s..11d.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Rev. XIX.9.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Rev. XIX.9.

All the Sermons were with reference to All Saints.

Monday, Nov.2.

This night we began our Night School at Upton.  The night was very rainy and windy, but we had an attendance of 19, whose ages varied from 36 to 9.

Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Mrs. B. Slade was confined last night of a daughter at 11.30pm.

Thursday, Nov. 5.

The second night of our Night School at Upton.  Very stormy and wet.  Two additional scholars.

My poor old faithful dog, Pincher, who had been my companion for many years at the Curacies of Rotherfield, White Waltham, & Mapledurham, died, aged 17 years, 10 months and 10 days.

XXIIIrd Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 8.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text Phil. IV.20.21.

Afternoon, Upton, 3pm.  My text I Thess. IV.13.14.

Evening, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Phil. IV.20.21.

Thursday, Nov. 12.

My wife and I walked to Night School at Upton, in consequence of the lameness of my horse.

XXIVth Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 15.

The horse being still lame, I could not go to Upton for Service at 9am.

Full Service, Thorpe, 11am.  My text Prov. XIII.7.  Holy Communion celebrated, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade, Churchwarden
  • Joseph Shawe
  • Robert Horsley (from Upton)
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Martha Breach
  • Anne Huggins
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms:  8s..10d.

Anne Huggins returned thanks for recovery from sickness.

Mr. Hoskyns having lent me his pony & basket carriage, we drove to Upton for Service 3pm.  My text Prov. XIII.7.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from I Timothy IV.8.

Monday, Nov. 16.

We were able to drive the horse this evening to Night School.

Wednesday, Nov. 18.

This morning at 11am I married at Upton George Darby eldest son of Mr. Thomas Izzard to Anne daughter of Mr. William Butler, by licence.  This was our first marriage at Upton since the Chapel became a Parish Church.

XXVth Sunday after Trinity, November 22.

Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text Psalm XC.9.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Prov. XV.1.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Eccles. III.15.

Monday, Nov. 23.

I dined with Mr. Hoskyns, & attended an S.P.G. meeting in his School-Room.  The Deputation was the Rev. P.R. Atkinson, Rector of Pusey.  Consequently postponed the Upton Night School till to-morrow night.

Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The well-diggers at the Parsonage House (Upton) came to water at the depth of 22 yards.

This night at Upton School in consequence of the numbers having reached 33, I gave notice that 35 would be the limit.

Thursday, Nov. 26.

I presided at a Vestry at Thorpe, 9am to relieve the Cottages from payment of Poor Rates.

My wife and I went to Oxford to meet Capt. & Mrs. Fowler.  We returned for Night School at Upton.

Friday, Nov. 27.

No Morning Prayer at Thorpe.  I went early to Abingdon to attend the Bishop’s Visitation.

Saturday, Nov. 28.

Received notice of Banns of John Cooper (of Oxford) and Ellen Townsend (of Upton – staying with her sister Mrs. Baston) to be published at Upton to-morrow.  The first Banns there.

Mrs. B. Slade churched at Thorpe, 3pm.

Advent Sunday, November 29.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from I Corinth. XV.51,52.  Published the first Banns in Upton Church.  Gave notice that there would be additional services during Advent on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm and at Thorpe on Friday evenings at 6.30pm.  I usually had two evenings at Thorpe, but Mr. Hoskyns wished to have Wednesday evening at Aston.  The Night School at Upton after the Services.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from Ephesians V.5.6.  A strong sermon against the prevalence of immorality.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text and subject as at Upton in the morning.

S. Andrew’s Day, Nov. 30.

Full Service at Thorpe, 11am.  My text from Psalm CXLV.10. (Prayer book version).

The first bricks of the house laid at Upton.

I preached in the evening at North Moreton – same text as in the morning at Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 1.

Evening Service at Upton, 6pm.  My text from Revel. XX.12.13.

Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Evening Service at Aston Tirrold.  Fanny Humfrey died at 10pm.

Thursday, Dec. 3.

After Morning Prayer at Thorpe, my wife and I went to Dorchester for the re-opening of the Church, which was a very imposing ceremony.  There was a most violent storm of wind to-day, the gale being such as I have never before experienced.  The cold, too, was intense.  We drove to Upton in the evening for Night School and Service at 6pm.  My text from Hebrews IX.27.28.

Friday, Dec. 4.

I went to Upton to meet Mr. St. Aubyn, the Architect, who came to pay his first official visit to the building of the Parsonage.

Full Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from I John II.28.

IInd Sunday in Advent, Dec. 6.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from Romans XV.4.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • William Butler,  Churchwarden
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • Robert Horsley
  • John Wetherall
  • George Compton
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Mrs. George Butler
  • Anne Hale
  • Anne Butler
  • Sarah Butler
  • Sarah Dearlove
  • Hannah Caudwell

Alms:   4s..10d.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text Isai. V.4.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text Rom. XV.4.

Monday, Dec.7.

Baptized at Thorpe, immediately after Matins, Alice Marian daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Slade.  Buried at Upton at 2.15pm Fanny Jane daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. Humfrey, aged 4 years.

Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Evening Service, Upton, 6pm.  My text S. Matt. XXV.6.

Thursday, Dec. 10.

Evening Service at Upton, 6pm.  My text Malachi III.16.17.

Friday, Dec.11.

Began planting Beech trees at the Parsonage House Upton.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text II Timothy III.16.

IIIrd Sunday in Advent, Dec. 13.

Morning Service at Upton, 11am.  My text Isai. XXV.8.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text S. James IV.17.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text, Isai. XXV.8.

Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Evening Service at Upton 6pm.  My text S. Matt. XXV 41-6.

Wednesday, Dec. 16.

I preached this evening at South Moreton.  My text Isai, LIII.1.

Thursday, Dec. 17.

Evening Service at Upton 6pm.  My text Isai. XLVIII.22.

Friday, Dec. 18.

Evening Service at Thorpe 6.30pm.  My text from Isai. XLVIII.22.

IVth Sunday in Advent, Dec. 20.

Full Morning Service, Upton, 11am.  My text from S. John I.22.23.

Afternoon Service, Upton, 3pm.  My text from S. John XX.28.

Evening Service, Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text S. John XX.28.

Monday, Dec. 21.  S. Thomas.

Full Service, Thorpe, 11am.  My text from S. John XX.27.

In the afternoon my wife and I dined at N. Moreton.  Mr. Macfarlane preached in the evening at N. Moreton.

Tuesday, Dec. 22.

I was attacked by such a severe sore throat & cough that I was confined to my bed the greater part of the day; consequently no service nor Night School this day.

Thursday, Dec. 24.

Still unable to take the Service & Night School, & suffering from loss of voice.

Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Tho’ I was still suffering from my throat & lungs, I was able to officiate.  Holy Communion at Thorpe at 9am.  Present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Benjamin Slade}
  • John Breach}  Churchwardens
  • Martha Breach
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Louisa Breach
  • Amelia Chesterman

Alms:  7s..0d.

Full Service at Upton 11am.  My text from S. John I.14.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • Nathaniel Humfrey}
  • William Butler}  Churchwardens
  • Thomas Izzard
  • George Butler
  • George Compton
  • John Wetherall
  • Robert Horsley
  • Jane Humfrey
  • Mrs. Izzard
  • Mrs. Geo. Butler
  • Hannah Caudwell
  • Betty Geary
  • Sarah Dearlove

Alms:  5s..1d.

Afternoon Service, Thorpe, 3pm.  My text S. John I.14.  The day was singularly fine and mild, similar to Xmas Day last year.

Saturday Dec. 26.  S. Stephen.

Mr. Breach did not think it advisable for me to exercise my voice, so there was no service at Thorpe.  I went to Upton at 10.30 and married, by licence, Mr. William Hebditch of London to Miss Anne Hale of Upton.  My wife and I dined with the wedding Party, as we had previously done at Miss Butler’s marriage, Nov. 18.

1st Sunday after Xmas Day (S. John Ev.), Dec. 27.

No Morning Service at Upton, as I was not well enough to go.

Full Service at Thorpe 11am.  My text from S. John XXI.24.  Holy Communion, present:

  • Richard Hooper,  Celebrant
  • John Huggins
  • Sophie Hooper
  • Susan Slade
  • Anne Huggins
  • Mr. Breach’s cook

Alms:  4s..6d.

On arriving at Upton in the afternoon, I found the Revd E. M. Chaplin, Rector of Chilton, who kindly took the whole Service for me & preached from S. Matt. XXIII.37.

Evening Service at Thorpe, 6.30pm.  My text from Genesis XXII.7.8.

Monday, Dec. 28 (Holy Innocents)

I had intended resuming the services at Thorpe today, after my illness, but the following incident made me give up the 11am service.  I had to marry John Cooper (of Oxford) and Ellen Townsend of Upton this morning, & had fixed 9.30 as the hour.  John Cooper, arrived at Upton on Saturday, & his Banns were not out at Oxford till yesterday.  He said the Clergyman from Oxford would send the Certificate by Post.  As the Post does not come in at Upton till 10.45am. it was obvious, if I married the couple (who had only this day to spare) I must put off the Thorpe Service, which I did and married them at 11am.

Tuesday, December 29.

This evening resumed the Night School at Upton, which had been interrupted last Tuesday and Thursday by my illness.

Wednesday, Dec. 30.

I am still unable to take the Morning Prayer at Thorpe, which had been suspended since the 22nd Inst.  I hope (D.V.) to resume it with the New Year.  This has been one of the most beautiful days in the whole year.  The sun has shone brightly & warmly the whole day.

Thursday, Dec. 31.

Died this day (12.30pm) at Upton Nanny Elliott, aged 82.  I was unable to go to the Night School.

Thus ended the Year of Grace  1863

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD

Amen