Record

LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)OMN/C/1/1
TitleDiary, 1896
Extent1 vol
Date1896
DescriptionRegular activities include church attendance, shopping trips to Derby and Burton, social engagements with other landed families in the Staffordshire area, and attendance at hunt meetings and horse race meetings. Maud's husband, known as 'Waldie', appears to be a keen horseman, and often purchases horses, exhibits them in shows and rides his own horses in races. He also goes shooting regularly during the winter months. Particular entries discuss renovation and redecoration work at East Lodge, presumably the home of the couple during this time, occasional visits to London, mainly for shopping, but which also included theatre visits. Race meetings attended include the Derby races 17 Mar, the Grand National in Liverpool 27 Mar, Ludlow races 23 Apr, and Ascot in Jun. Maud is involved in a carriage accident 26 Apr, while returning from lunch, 'W driving a fearful pace..ran the cart up a mud heap & turned us over. W got off scot free. I pitched on to my head in the road cut it & my nose badly & bled like a pig'.

Summer activities largely consist of attendance at events arranged by the Mosley family for the local community in their capacity as landowners. These include the 'school treat tea, 5 Aug, and the Rolleston Garden Party 8 Aug, 'merry go rounds, donkey races, swing boats etc..much appreciated'. Maud also attends a Ladies Cricket match at Dove Cliffs 7 May, and the Burton show 30 Jul, at which Mosley horses win prizes. She takes a holiday in Folkestone with her parents in late Aug, and travels to London 24 Oct to stay with them and 'await the event'. She records the birth of her first child, Oswald Mosley, described as 'infant Tommy' 16 Nov, and gives a brief account of labour and details of her illness afterwards. Subsequent entries give news of the baby's health and progress.

Details of monthly household accounts are written on pre-printed account pages at the back of the volume
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