Fonds MC 1783 - Diaries of William Robert Deacon of Caistor next Yarmouth and Weasenham All Saints

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MC 1783


Diaries of William Robert Deacon of Caistor next Yarmouth and Weasenham All Saints


  • 1909-1925 (Creation)

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8 volumes

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A retired inspector from the Metropolitan Police Force (who may have previously lived near Croydon, Surrey) retired [in c 1908] to 2 Clare Cottage, Beach Road, Caistor, with his wife, Sarah and at least one of his three adult daughters. His health appeared from the diaries to be good and he lived an active life. Whilst at Caistor he became parish clerk and church cleaner, a post he held for several years from 1909. Eventually in November 1924 he and his wife moved to Weasenham All Saints, probably to be near to his married, eldest daughter, Ella and her husband, Arthur Pegg. In February 1926 Deacon died, aged 81, leaving his widow, Sarah and his son-in-law, Pegg to execute his will. He was buried at Weasenham All Saints.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 24 January 1972 (MS 35081) and 25 April 2014 (ACC 2014/20 numbered MC 1783/8). Catalogue amended 23 May 2014 (FM).

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Detailed personal diaries (Boots Chemist's printed Home Diaries) with at front, his address and pension reference number. Entries include daily references to the weather, his odd jobs, gardening, walks, visits and visitors, local trips to look over prospective house purchases, his purchase of building land at Reedham and subsequent plans to erect houses upon it and the doings of his family and their friends. MC 1783/6 encloses a postcard photograph portrait of A.B. Cock [probably Alfred Cock of Yarmouth] as a young man, nd, and MC 1783/7 includes a copy letter to estate agents with particulars of his property for sale at Weasenham, 1924. Other memoranda include a list of Deacon family members and the place of issue of their Post Office Savings Bank pass-books, nd, and lists of acquaintances' names and addresses.

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