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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 23, February 12-13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03822074

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 23, February 12-13, 1855

Description: Describes his journey by stagecoach to Oxford, and his walk around the college buildings.

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cattle had sheltered themselves, the white snow lay deep elsewhere.

Not a vestige remains of the “Bear and Ragged Staff” hostel, the “Black Bear” of [Walter] Scott’s novel. It stood immediately fronting the Church, on the other side of the road. The name of Lambourne appears in the list of Cumnor’s inhabitants, though whether a descendant of roystering Mike app the deponent sayeth not. Also there is, I learn, a Farnel, Farney, or Varney, for the name seems to have been spelt indifferently.

Rejoining Mr Franklin at the farm, we set off again, he as Road super intendant speaking to the men delving at the snow. One, he told me, had 10 shillings per week, a family of five, and a wife. Hard times in England for the poor. We dined at Tilbury farm, held by John Franklin, a decent isolated sort of farm house, plenty of rabbits and hares footprints in the snow approaching towards it. Returning, my companion having to make another call, put me down and I walked for two miles or so, back to Swinford. William Franklin was there on my return, also his sister.

13. Tuesday. Good bye to Eynsham & Swinford folks. Walked along the road towards the former place, being presently taken up by the coach. “Tilly” [Jenkins] inside, and a very ugly man, who pulled up the window strap as though it belonged to a Guillotine, and held on to it like viciously during the journey. Cheery, cold and sunny morning. Beautiful old Oxford again. Tilly off to the Rogers, I to Levi Greatbatch’s for ten minutes, then to issue forth for an hour or twain’s ramble about the City. And a pleasant time it was. The stately and picturesque old colleges gladdening in the sunshine, the pure fresh morning air, the deep snow, glimpses of quiet quadrangles about which young men in academic cap and gown passed quietly conversing together; the broad noble road leading Banbury-wards, with the exquisite Martyrs Memorial, in honor

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-02-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Fiction
Winter
Poverty
Stagecoaches
Books and reading
Diaries
Transportation

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