The Day Book of Frederick Thomas Chennels, April 1872

Audio footage of extracts from Frederick's diary

Read by Iain B

To listen to the audio clip, click play on the bar below the image on the right.


Wed 3rd 

Dull damp morning. Dung cart in Redins Clamp. To Edward Hoar to look at pigs. Sack Chaff [of] George Chennells, St Margarets. W Draper farm privy in Orchard 1s 6d  

Sun 7th

Down ewe died 2 lambs in her  

Mon 8th

Dull fine morning showery day. Finished drill in Gt Bury Field. Fagot* Cart out of Lion Park for William Smith. Adam Davis 60 Fagots Gaddesden Park. 2 Yards* Hard wood Lion Park Elm. Roll lower meadow. 

2 Truss straw 1.6 Truss* hay Poulton 2.6. To Brightons Camp to sign agreement for Mr Halsey. Brown Cart Colt Mr Rodwell £38. 10s 0d. 10 Store pigs of B Holt £10 10s 2 Red in calf heifers of Wm. Bird  £16 10 0 & £16 0 0.  

*Truss: a bundle of hay 

*Fagot: a bundle of sticks bound together as fuel 

*Yard: cubic yard – probably in this case of firewood  

Wed 10th

Frosty morn fine.  Sold skin 5s 6d. Drilling barley in Stockindells B Holt. 4 Bushel barley Noak Mill D Groom 18s. Load Wheat of Reynolds D Groom.1 Load Wheat of Reynolds – Brackley. 4 Bushel barley Fred Halsey 18s, paid. 

Heard of Mr Bingham’s death at half past three this morning. A Davis toll’d bell  

Fri 12th 

Very fine morning frosty air. 5 Qrs Oats of Batchelor 35s Qr.1 ton of Blood manure of H Batchelor £6. 10s, 6 Bouting shares* of Davis, 2 Cwt Trefoil seed of James Hingsley 23s. 6d Cwt and 2 Cwt Clover. Received of D Fleen 2 Heifers 1 Bullock £61  

*Bouting share: a type of plough share for ridging  

Mon 15th

Very fine frosty morning. Took boys to Hemel Hempstead Drag harrow arrow and roll Stockindells. Drill 9 bushel barley bottom Stockindells. 2 Truss meadow hay George Young 5/-. Iron Hurdles from E Shepherd. Pony and Cart to Hemel Hempstead with Mrs Ivory. R Ivory and man open vault for Mr Bingham.  

Tue 16th

Very fine morning frosty air. Roll Dunhill & Copse Close top of little B Field and Common Field. Plow in Stockindells. Move Sheep in Long meadow. To Gaddesdon Cottage to follow Mr Bingham to the grave with Mr T Taylor, very great number at the church, Aged (84) in his 85th year.  

Fri 19th

Fine cold dull morning. To St Margarets Copse after poles – 16 score. 2 horses to high wood for poles for Mr Beke. Plow and arrow for Mangold. Draw out bouts for Wurzell – good tilth.1 truss meadow hay Poulton 2s. 6d,1 truss meadow hay E Shepherd 2s. 6d. Old fire place  (belongs to the Parish) to E Shepherd to give what it is worth. 

Paper for Church Wardens to go to St Albans on the 8th May. Mrs C and Boyce to Dunstable to fetch Mary Stone. Killed pig: ½ for Brackley and ½ for the house 21s. 2d. Felling trees in H Meads field dell  

Tue 30th   

Flower foaled Horse colt about 3 o’clock morn Drilling mangold Wurzell after 2 o’clock. 4 men to Grove Farm take wheat in ¾ day each. 5 pieces of Ash wood of James Halsey for 7 shillings

This page was added on 06/03/2011.

Comments about this page

  • Monday 8th April 1872 Frederick CHENNELLS would have gone to Bridens Camp not Brightons to sign an agreement with Mr. Halsey

    By John Halsey (07/11/2016)

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *