Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)OMN/C/1/2
TitleDiary, 1897
Extent1 vol
DescriptionRegular activities include attendance at hunt meetings and shooting parties during the winter months. The diary records details about the purchase of horses and other livestock at sales, and the welfare of these animals. There is also frequent news of Maud's son Oswald Mosley, known as 'Tommy', particularly his weight and general health, including details about his vaccinations and teething. Other regular activities include attending church, socialising with friends and attending race meetings at Ludlow, Chepstow and Keele. Maud also attends the Grand National at Liverpool 26 Mar, and wins £2 15s at the Derby races 8 Apr. She goes on shopping trips to Burton and visits London on several occasions during the year, sometimes with 'Tommy'.

Particular entries record Maud's attendance at the hunt ball at the Midland Derby 3 Feb. Her husband also attends the 'Mince Pie Ball' at Derby 6 Jan, but Maud cannot attend because of the baby. Maud is examined by a doctor 26 Feb, possibly about a falsely suspected pregnancy. Several entries refer to the Jubilee celebrations which took place that summer. Maud is in London for the procession 22 Jun and describes watching the procession from St James's Street, then hiring a bus and travelling on the top to Earls Court. Maud gives details of the celebrations for Oswald Mosley's first birthday 16 Nov, and attends Evelyn Hartley's wedding 23 Nov

Summer activities include the Rolleston Garden party which she attends 31 Jul with her baby, who 'was very much amused & enjoyed himself vastly' and the Burton Regatta 21 Jul. She also attends Tutbury horse show with her husband 28 Aug and 'heard many dull speeches, it poured with rain twice during lunch & after'. She holidays in Folkestone with her parents and 'Tommy' in early Sept.
Maud's husband appears to be away from home at hunts and race meetings frequently. He also sees a boxing match in Birmingham 28 Jan. At a meeting of S[outh] Stafford[shire] hunt, 'W behaved shamefully & had to be driven home by Watkins' 11 Nov.
Access StatusOpen


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