April 24th - 27th 1866 'stone-picking
company' = 39 people, mainly women and children (paid between 2 shillings and
1/4d, presumably depending on age:
Mrs Parfitt; M Dawson; Emily Kedge; Amelia Kedge; Harriett
Calver; Jane Emms; Maria Tyrell; James Beaumont; Harriett Skate; M A Mullen;
Matilda Stackyard; Anne Blyth; Malinda Huggins; Emma Dawson; Ann Banham; Hannah
Beaumont; William Emms; Robert Loveday; Ellen Dawson; James Williams; Thomas
Henry Blyth; Maria Townshend; Julia Beaumont; Samuel Bailey; Fanny Blyth;
Walter Calver; Rose Emms; Eliza Ba(nel? nch?); John Beaumont; Henry Stone; John
Kedge; Arthur Bishop; Alfred Banham; Charles Larter; Edward Blyth; Richard
Coan; Henry Townhend; Arthur Stone; Margaret Hayzell.
Most of these are also listed in June as part of a 'Weeding
Company' = 28 people who receive between 3/8d and 7 shillings 2 weeks' work
Wed 8th August 1866, Dawson and Banham are
'Cleaning the Harness' on the day before the Harvest begins.
The following account, with original spellings, has details added
from information elsewhere in the book about field names, sizes and crops. 10 men
and boys who cut, stacked and threshed the wheat and barley:
Thursday 9th August - Began Harvest today in Dry
Close [8 ½ acres], the wages to be the same as other [years] per head, 6£.
Friday 10th - Began to cut Bush Pytle [4 acres].
Finished by 3 o'clock, went into Sarah Barleys, din about 2 ½.
Saturday 7th - Cutting Wheat in Sarah Barleys [12
Monday 13th - Began to cut Barley in Wheelwright
Pytle [6 ½ acres]. Finish Sarah Barleys by 12 o'clock. Began to cut the Ten
Acres [actually 9 ¾ acres].
Tuesday 14th Cutting Wheat in Ten Acres.
Wednesday 15th - Finished cutting Wheat in Ten
Acres. Finished cutting Barley in Wheelwrights.
Thursday 16th - Thunder. Finish cutting Peters
Close [6 ¾ acres]. Went into Six Acres and finished it [7 ½ acres].
Friday 17th - 10 till 3. Men began to work on
bottom for stack in Ten Acres to put the Sarah Barleys about 10 acres of it on.
[Using turnips, etc from the previous winter as a
base for the sheaves.]
Saturday 18th - Finished the stack off first
thing. Began another stack with the rest of Sarah Barleys. Began to thrash
wheat from Ten Acres at 12 o-clock. Left off for dinner and finished at 5
o'clock and sent in to Cremers [the Miller] 55 comb. Top the stack up from Ten
Acres, 1 load from Bush Pytle.
Monday 20th - Did not begin to Cart till 10 am.
Began Bush Pytle unto stack in Ten Acres. Finished it from the Dry Close. The
rest into barn - about 5 o'clock.
Tuesday 21st - Began to cut Swamp Barley [8 ½
acres]. Began to Cart Barley from Six Acres to stack in Ten Acres.
Wednesday 22nd - Damp. Cut the Catmer Hurn [5 ¼
acres]. Went on with Swamp.
Thursday 23rd - Dry. Finish cutting Swamp. Turned
the Wheel[wrights] Pytle and part of Peters Close. Began to cart Wheelwrights
Pytle. Finish it off.
Friday 24th - Dry. Trimming Wheat. Stack Turning.
Barley in Peters Close begun. Jn Larter not well - left at 3 o'clock.
Saturday 25th - Turning in Swamp and [Catmere]
Hurn. Cart Barley from Stack in the Field.
Then follows a list of wages: £6.10s to Mr. Dawson; £4 to C.
Waller; £5.10s to Mr. Sleight; £6 each to John Larter; Mr. Kedge; H Larter;
James Barrett; £2 each to W Banham and E Rice; £4. 14s to Cole; 15 shillings to
W Kedge (boy); £1 to Mrs Kedge; 6 shillings each to Mrs Sleight; Mrs Kedge; and
Mrs Larter; 5/3d to Mrs Dawson.
Monday 27th - Finished carting Swamp - 5 loads
into the second stack and finished with Barley from the Catmer Hurn. Carted
part of the Wheat rakings into barn. Thatching Barley stack in Ten Acres.
Heaping Barley fom 8 o'clock until 5 o'clock all day.
Tuesday 28th - Finished getting the Wheat and
Barley. Raking up Wheat into barn, Barley into Bullockshed. Thatching Barley
stack in Swamp.