Two Yorkshire Diaries

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

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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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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20mm | 1,000g
  • Cambridge Library Collection
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1108058396
  • 9781108058391
  • 1,451,496

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