Two Yorkshire Diaries: the Diary of Arthur Jessop and Ralph Ward's Journal

Two Yorkshire Diaries: the Diary of Arthur Jessop and Ralph Ward's Journal

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries

By (author) Arthur Jessop, By (author) Ralph Ward, Edited by C. E. Whiting


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  • Format: Paperback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 20mm | 1,000g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108058396
  • ISBN 13: 9781108058391
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,178,495

Product description

These diaries by Ralph Ward (fl. 1754-6) and Arthur Jessop (1682-1751) were first published in 1952 and paint a valuable portrait of the trials, tribulations and pleasures of everyday life for the middle classes in rural Yorkshire in the mid-eighteenth century. A transcription of Jessop's diary from 1861 was first discovered in a Huddersfield bookshop in 1927. A local apothecary and pious community man, Jessop depicts the cycles of life in West Yorkshire, displaying a very British preoccupation with the weather. His diary, which covers the period 1730-46, notably discusses the impact of the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Ralph Ward was a fairly wealthy cattle trader, farmer and businessman in North Yorkshire. He was involved in local government, which he describes factually and clearly. His diary, covering the period 1754-6, also discusses business transactions, farming methods and, of course, the weather.

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Table of contents

Introduction; The diary of Arthur Jessop, 1729-46; Ralph Ward's journal, 1754-6; Index.