January very frosty, some rain and cold. Feb very wet at first then fine.
March very hard frost from near the first until the middle. Frost yet.
Very hard frost with snow showers. Most awful cold with a strong
Another case of Cattle Plague appeared near Lannercost. One animal
was slaughtered which was pronounced to be Rinderpest. All the poor man had -- no more cases.
cold and showery. May cold and showery, some days warm.
Mary Armstrong of Beckfoot died and was buried at Beckfoot.
Sold by public sale at the Abbey a small estate at Mawbray in the hands of
Bone & Barwise.
Building & Croft Rigg & Bank Share
Hornbrigg & wham
Brunshaw Moss: Not Sold, £250 bid. Now sold to W Pape Goody Hills for £300 in
While bathing at Silloth two ladies had a misfortune. One of them was
drowned and the other very near drowned.
Bathing huts at Silloth, circa 1900
fine and warm. August fine to the middle then wet. Commenced shearing about 26 August.
Very bad weather, corn growing standing on the ground, some rain every day.
wet and showery every day up to the 8th. Corn growing in stook.
Very wet harvest so far. The remainder of the harvest very fine.
Corn dear. Wheat 31s 6d per bu. Barley 16s per bu. Oats 11s per bu and potatoes 8
and 9 pence per stone. Butter 14½d per lb. December very fine and mild.
January came in mild then snow. 18th very wild and stormy. The fragments of a vessel came
up near Mawbray, Beck Top and Silloth. Crew all drowned (Delhi, Captain Scott). The fragments
were sold on the beach. It was very wild with snow showers that day. Feb 3rd 1868.
We left the Nook and came to New Cooper. Me, John Ostle, Rachel Ostle, my wife, Mary
and Sarah our two daughters aged 9 and 7 and John our son, 5. All well thank God.
We have had a very wet spring, uncommon wet. We have had another daughter born on May 26
1868 called Rachel. It was Holme fair day. It blew a fair hurricane that day then on Saturday.
Before there was not much rain but the wind dried it all up and very little rain since. I
think three small showers between 23rd of May and 23rd of July 1868. Another small shower,
no better than a duck. No more rain until August 11. A heavy shower in the morning, some on
the fore noon then, after noon, some thunder and lightning and a very heavy rain. This has
been a dryer summer than 1826 by all accounts. Such heavy winds and hot. Sunk wheat in good
Barley and Oats from to give long and very little corn in there. At New Cooper potatoes small
and turnips poor, some fields none. Acres not thinned yet some fields. Land of best quality no
turnips at all.
Not much rain yet only thunder showers (Aug 15) some thunder and a few drops of rain then
Dry Wind North East three or four days (Aug 22) Some rain near all day. Very wet in the
evening and night. Heavy rain and wind then some squalls. A schooner went down, a Robin Rigg,
coal laden from Silloth. All hands took to the boat and landed in Maryport. Some of the
wreck cast up and sold. Poor stuff, rotten.
Weather fine and warm. Grass growing fine. Potatoes sprouting in the ground three or four
inches long. They are not half as good as they were to eat.
The land at Mealrigg, about 57 acres and 5 on the Hards were sold by public auction for the
sum of £3,000 to Mr Millican. It was the property of Thomas Wilkinson of Mealrigg,
deceased. Crossrigg sold same time and some near Aspatria.
Heavy rain last night. (Sept 13) Heavy ragg yesterday morning cold frost air. October very
mild. November mild with showers. December heavy rain.
January heavy rain with heavy winds. On the 31st day of January there was a very high tide,
the highest there has been for forty years. King Street, Maryport was two feet deep with
water. February has begun very rough. Windy with rain. Two or three mild days then wind
and rain. (28) Snow showers all day. Very cold and windy. Sale at Beckfoot Dales that
cast up on the sea shore. April fine. May very cold. June very warm, very little rain.
Near the far end of June there was snow on the fells. It laid for many days. (July 2)
We finished thinning turnips. They look well but the weather is very droughty now. Nice hay
time but crops light. At Carlisle on the 23rd July there was a trial between Jonathan Pape
of Blind Coga and John Graham of Maryport about some property. Trying to break the supposed
will of John Carruthers of Blind Coga. Not finished, each paying their own expenses.
Rain has come at last. Crops lighter than last year. Meadows light. Three men caught for
poaching and murdering a watchman. Abraham Starkey, Moses Temple and Hodgson.
Some land sold at Allonby. One parcel 5½ acres sold for £685. (Aug 19) The estate at
New Cooper about 106 acres was sold for £2770 and bought by James Barwise the present
tenant. Also 4 Marsh Stints sold for £220 and bought by Joseph Carr of Newtown,
Weather very fine and has been for a week. We are going to house a field of oats that was
cut with the machine. Some made into sheaves and some so short we could not sheaf it, so we
stack it like hay. (Aug 29) Hard frost. It blackened the potato tops. There was ice.
Very droughty, land dry as ever.
We had a small shower in the night. Some rain near every day since. Sept 19 awful windy and
much rain. (Oct 1) Mild with showers then hard frost then wet and wild. Nov 5 Wet and
Being Martinmas Sunday. There was the most water or rain on that morning since I came
to New Cooper. Wild ducks I saw swimming in the meadow. (Dec 9) Hard frost. Hardest we
have had for some years. Now snow again, awful wild and wet.