NOTES OF JOHN T. WILDER
These notes are from the diaries of John T Wilder. He was rector for 11 years from 1881 to 1892. The plaque above is on the north wall of the Chancel in the church along with the three other plaques commemorating the lives of the four Wilder brothers who were Rectors of the Parish.
In 1873, John T. Wilder records the following in a notebook:
"5th - 14th July. Began cutting 5th July - 14 acres, good crop. The 4 acres coarse so stacked in the yard by itself. Webb of Boro' Green and John Taylor of Carleton [sic] cutting, at 5/-and 1 gallon of tea per acre - they did it well. From the 5th to the 12th, a beautiful fine week, got up the 8 acre Park Piece in beautiful order, 13th, 14, 15 & 16 very wet and stormy. Carted the 4 acres and 2 acres, the latter piece not thrown out but made on little grass cocks. Beer £2.10.0, Thatching, Polly Taylor l/6d. Extras 15/-." The whole of this work was carried out by men named Taylor, Webb, Thurgood, Desborough, Paxman, and 'Women'. They were involved in Cutting, Making Hay, Thatching, Burning, Digging, Tarring places. Total cost £9/18/2d.
On Monday, 23rd February, he writes, "All union men locked out by the farmers on the 20th."
There continues until September, 1874, an account of work carried out by various men. The tasks involved Stubbing, Ditching, Burning, Trimming Stacks, Cleaning Cesspools, Digging, Cutting, Thatching, getting potatoes up and Well Digging. For this work the men were paid something between 6/- and 13/- per week, with extra at harvest time.
After this date, he begins to record his Sermon Notes in the same book, with accounts of the sums collected in the offertory and the name of the person giving the sermon (sometimes there were visiting clergy and sometimes John T. Wilder preached at neighbouring churches). He also records whether or not he had good congregations. It seems that most attendances were either good or very good, although we have no idea of how many people attended. For instance, on
Advent Sunday, 1885, at the 11.00 a.m. service, the Preacher was J.T. Wilder, there were 11 communicants, the sum collected was 10/2d, and it was a wet day, with a good congregation.
On 9th March, 1879, the Rev. J.M. Wilder took-/the 11.00 a.m. service and he reports, "A fair congregation, and attendance of Lads especially good. The farmers also. A scarcity of Women and Labourers. In afternoon (3.00 p.m.) a very good congregation but just 2 farmers present. The good conduct was very laudable but the Hats of the Men were put on before leaving the Church."
On 6th January, 1886, it is recorded, "Fire smoked, so had to close service."
From this date, we are rewarded with other tantalising snippets of information such as, "Bad in left foot, got on as well as I could"; "Seedy with influenza - no service"; "Chapel School Anniversary (1891)."
26. 6.1887: Jubilee Sunday. Very full church - 160 present.
Queen Victoria's Parade, London
21. 1.1891: The frost left end of this week. This winter of '90 to this date of '91 - sharpest and longest since 1860. Chapel School Anniversary.
6.12.1891: This appears to be the last time J.T. Wilder appeared in the Church. He died about 4 months later.