Wood’s diary excerpts

A flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1856. February 24th. Sunday

Shaky finances
As to the position of the College. At first Sewell alone responsible, though others were ready to back him. When Singleton left, Sewell managed to pay off all current expenses and the College was making more than its yearly expenditure. Heathcote was started clear on the understanding that he should be responsible himself for the current expenses of his term of office, Sewell remaining responsible for the old debt (about £11,500) and Heathcote paying over to him the surplus after expenses were cleared.[Heathcote left and Sewell] enters into office. The debt had been about £16,000 altogether. He pays off the current expenses though not really himself liable for them. The first two or three terms receipts below expenditure, afterwards matters mend. It now makes about £10,000 and spend £8,000. Of this £1,000 each year goes to Mr. Bowyer for the lease, the other £1,000 towards the discharge of the original debt. So if we continue to flourish and the Warden’s life is spared, all will be very well.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1857. 18th November. Wednesday

Oxford results

Fine but cold. Rode in to Oxford to see Class List. Poor Melhuish only a third! Most unfortunate for him and us. How I do wish we could gain some honours.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1855. November 3rd. Saturday

Naughty prefects
The Warden gave permission to Spyers [Senior Prefect] and Thynne [Prefect] to dine in Oxford with Risley [former Senior Prefect]. We were all very much annoyed and surprised, especially after what had been said the other day against allowing boys to go to Undergraduates’ rooms. West and I sat up in Common Room till 11 o’clock for them and then found they had arrived at 10¼ in the phaeton and climbed into the Dormitory through the window without reporting themselves.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1855. October 18th. Thursday

The first football
Stayed in bed this morning, feeling far from well. Violent headache. This was the first Game at Football and I had promised to play. I presented the School with a new Football. Mr Martin [Abingdon surgeon] came to see me and allowed me to go out for an hour, so I went to see the game. The boys gave three cheers in honour of the present, so I had to retreat. Afterwards at Roll I told Spyers [Senior Prefect] it ought not to have been done.West walked over to Oxford and saw Charlie who is said to be looking all the better for his tour.Two or three of the boys have been attacked in the same way as myself with a sore throat. The Warden is a little apprehensive of Scarlet Fever.
William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1857. 2nd October. Friday

Chapel
In evening College Meeting. Much talk backwards and forwards, the opposition holding to their old opinion. I thought the plan would have been rejected, but the Warden was very anxious it should be carried. At length, as the majority were for, the minority, West, Gibbings, Macrorie and Monk, very goodnaturedly agreed in a proposal of mine (carried unanimously) that we should leave it in the Warden’s hands, he knowing what our feelings were in detail. So it was adopted. On Surplice days we are to use the full service, and Wednesdays and Fridays the Litany only, on other days the shorter form of King Edward VI’s First Book.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1857. 19th September. Saturday

News from the Sepoy Rebellion in India

The news from India still of doubtful character. A letter to the Warden from Mr. Talbot. Havelock had fallen back on Cawnpore, but was again advancing towards Lucknow.

I find in the list of those murdered in this horrible mutiny, my old friend Block. 10 years ago we were freshmen together at Trinity. Then came his appointment to the Civil Service, 2 years since I found he had returned on leave and married. I hope his wife has been spared. What a state of things this is! Deus miseareatur animae. [God have mercy on his soul] Poor Gibbings feels his brother’s death deeply. Tomorrow he is going to preach and have a collection for sufferers in India. I have promised to help him in the afternoon.

 

How Radley was affected by the Sepoy Rebellion can be read in A letter home, 1857 in 100 Radley objects.

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1855. September 11th. Tuesday

News from the Crimean War

News arrived by this morning’s post of the Taking of Sebastopol!!! This is indeed glorious. It took place on Sunday. The Warden had word sent in a letter, Lord Panmure having telegraphed to the Mayor of Oxford. I rushed out and told the boys as I had done last year when we heard of the Alma. They all ran out and a gave a spontaneous and hearty cheer.

Mr. Bartley read  “Julius Caesar”.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1856. September 2nd. Tuesday

A chat in Common Room

In evening an amusing chat in Common Room sitting on the table, Macrorie, West, Owen, Wilson and myself. The last of our many happy talks in that room with Owen.

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

1855. August 24th. Friday

Promotion prospects
Just before morning chapel the Warden took me aside on the terrace and after laying before me the perplexities of S. Columba’s, asked whether, suppose he could spare me here, I would undertake the office of Warden in place of Williams. I said such a thought could only have occurred to persons who knew but little of me and could not possibly understand, as I do myself, my own thorough incompetence for such a post.

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

Wood’s diary – excerpts

 

1855. July 27th. Friday

‘I resolved to commence a diary’

It was from this point of view just ten years ago as nearly as I can remember, I first saw this, the first old ruined Abbey I had ever seen. I had walked with Ackland from Ruabon. How well I remember everything. There lay the Abbey just as before, the ivy clinging to the old walls, the sunlight on the top buttress faces of the angles towards the West, the dashing brooklet at my feet just seen at intervals through the thick beeches, the quiet solemn grandeur of the bare mountains enclosing the little valley – all just as before. Nothing changed but myself. And myself, how much! Ten years! What a change they make in all one’s thoughts and aspirations when they are the ten between 16 and 26. Is it a change for the better? Not much, I fear. How little good done, how great the evil!

Among other things I resolved to commence a Diary, a thing I had often intended, but always lacked energy to make a beginning. Here then I may write incipit [it begins].

 

William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College

William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College