Frost sleet and rain. Very white on fells.
Very wet. I may say either every day or every other
wet. Very bad weather to work the land, no turnips sown.
Very wet. Rain every day less or more. All through July very wet
the land all in a flood. Hay very full in general. Some rain every
day up to the seventeenth of July. Very few turnips thinned yet.
About a week's fine weather rather windy. 24th July wet and windy.
August very wet every day great floods, scarce one dry day in a week.
Very fine in general. Some rain, not much.
Very wild and wet, bad harvest weather. Oct 4
clear and dry. No wind bad for stooks.
A Barnacle Goose
A Barnacle Goose is at Newtown. It was caught on the seashore
between Beckfoot and Mawbray in the year 1843. In 1861 it laid 4 eggs
and it sat them and six duck eggs. It hatched six young ducks
but none of its own eggs they were all rotton for want of a gander.
Now the Goose is living yet at Thomas Ostle's.
A very heavy wind. It blew a hurricane many
trees are rooted up Many broken. Stacks blown over. Some tops
blown off houses. Roof blown off Mawbray school house and blown
down. Just split and the outside fell. Much harm done at sea.
Near every day wet and stormy.
Begun very wet and then cleared up and set
in frost. Very hard frost some snow or sleet some snow and then
frost. Roads very slape, some places where people may slide upon
Very frosty did not remain long. Set in wet
the rest of the month. Every day or every other very wet and stormy
Rachel Little of Bank Mill, daughter of
Robert and Sarah Little, was killed by an arm of the windmill when in
motion. She was hit upon the head. One mortal wound and died about
an hour after. An inquest was held next day by Mr Howson and a
respectable jury and buried on the second of January 1863 at Beckfoot.
Very wild and wet near all through.
From the twentieth to the twenty-fourth there were very high tides at
Beckfoot, highest that has been for many years. It swept many yards
of the bank away between Beckfoot and Mawbray. And all the way to
Silloth and Skinburness many yards of bank lost.
Wet, wild and stormy up to this time, the 7th of
Feb. There is still some kind of weather in March. April also I
neglected my Day Book until October.
Some fine weather and some stormy. On the
29th of October it was very stormy it being the Holme fair day. Many
very heavy showers and blew a hurricane. Smashed shop stands and
levelled all the tents, but two or three on the hill, and they were
sadly torn and hats flew. Such a fair day as I never witnessed since
I can remember. On that night two vessels came ashore near Bank
Mill at a place called Nook upgate. One was the William Dargan of
Maryport, Captain Graves and the other the Angelina of Cardigan in
Wales. Dragan came first on shore and then the Angelina came on
close too and swung round her stern and let her ramp down and carried
Dragan's head away. Next day they got broad sides together and
crushed their sides a little. Dan Glaister and his men repaired the
rudder and windlass and patched her up and engaged the Silloth tug
on Wednesday the 11th but she broke two hawsers and she beat them.
So the Silloth tug came that night again and took her away in style
and took her to Maryport that night. But the Angelina lies on
the beach yet. Glaister's men came to repair her on the fourteenth
and did cant her over on the other side. They laid five ankers to
hold the tackle but they moved them all so they had a secrue to lift.
the tackle and windlas they laid her over and her old
ribs seemed to be torn from her back bone so she must have some repairs
before she leaves her Destined Element or I
think she will get a watery grave. Reports say Dan Glaister had £70
Very wet weather near every day. God said
the would never destroy the earth with a flood any more so I have
faith in him. About the latter end of November the Angelina got
afloat and dragged her anker and swung down. And the Silloth steam
tug came one day and took her away to Maryport.
Very wet and wild near all through to the end.
January 6 1864
Very hard frost two or three weeks. Feb.
Frost, wet and stormy. Some vessels came on shore near Dub Mill.
One was taken off in March not much worse. The other to be sold
where she lies near Dub Mill for the sum of £29. She lies there yet.
Very stormy and wild. A very heavy fall of
snow. The ground was all white with snow the largest loads of snow I
ever saw that I remember. John Ostle Nook 1864.
The Barnacle Goose is still at Newtown alive
and live like it was caught in the Spring 1843 on the sea shore.
It is now 21 years of age. It laid several eggs two or three years.
It is no older like than when I caught it in 1843. 1864 June
The Barnacle Goose has laid either six or seven eggs this spring,
it wants to sit. It hatched none of its own eggs because it has no
Very droughty, the water courses are all dry.
August some small showers at the latter end of this month, still
there is no water on the ground, all the wells are near dry. We
pump ours dry every day at Nook and scarcely enough for home use
and the cattle. Ponds are all dried up.
Nice weather for some time. Some rain on or
before the middle of the month. Corn much grown in the stook.
Fine weather at the end of the month.
Fine and then wet. A flood all over the Abbey
Holme. New sown wheat wasted, drowned. Soon dried up again. I
think it is the best season for sowing wheat I ever remember in my
life since I could follow the plough and team.
Mild, a little rain. Raggy with hard frost,
Ice in the mornings. December wet and stormy.