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Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for May 1687
1 at Preston & the Church there heard Vicar Birch.
2 at Preston & Mr Patens.
3 at Preston & Penwortham & return’d to dinner was after at wth Coz: George ffarington and Swanseys ith’ weend.
4 at Preston, & afternoon at Bowles at Swanseys
When Rawstorne writes of bowling at Swansey’s he seems to be be referring to the Swansey’s on the marsh rather than the one in Main Sprit Weind.
5 at Preston, & at Penwortham & my wife & bearnes at the Boathouse alsoe
6 at Preston at Coffeehouse & Swanseys ith’ weend wth: jer: ffar:
7 at Preston, & Margret Wildings and Talbot with Bro: ffleetwood & others
8 Went to Layland Church alight at Hon. Waterworths, heard the Vicar and dyned wth ‘m and returned home
9 at Preston & the Coffeehouse
i0 at Preston and the Cofeehouse
ii at Preston, and went to Swanseys toth bowles, were i6 that dyned
i7 at Preston & at Prayers & so the day [before]
i8 at Preston dyned at home & went to Swanseys toth bowles
i9 at Preston & Mr Paten’s
20 at Preston & went to Penwortham, ’twas the Court and rent day at Hutton, was at Robins with my bro: & Parson Ricroft & Coz Nuttall the Steward & Goodman O Balliden
22 at Preston & the Church there heard Mr Birch & mr Bushell
23 at Preston, the coffeehouse and Burtons the Stationers
24 at Preston, & at John Crabtree’s and or i6 neighbours wth mee.
25 at Preston, & went to Swanseys to’ ‘th bowles dyned there i6 gent.
27 went to Holc’om to meet Me Nuttall, Mr Joshua Nuttall there also, stayed all night
28 went thence to Newhall, called at Myles Sandsdales in Aidenfield, & went to Haslingdon & dyned at Nicolas Cundliffs house, where I left Josh: Nuttall and went to Hollins, & [thence] to Preston.
29 at Preston Church, heard the Vicar
30 at Preston, & at Mr Chaddocke sellers to tast & buy wine & at Peg Swanses
3i at Preston, & [will] Atkinsons & Mr Pattens