Countess of Hardwicke et al. in Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire - 1 January, 1812

from Diary of Mary Berry, 1 January 1812, page 492:

Went with Elizabeth to the school. The children have always a dinner on New Year's Day. It was in the school upon forms arranged as tables. The children behaved themselves very well, and after dinner we begged the schoolmistress to relax her discipline and allow a little talking. We made the children sing, and the most perfect happiness beamed upon forty-five young and innocent faces.

 (Editor’s footnote: ‘The desire to promote both the education and the recreation of the children of the poor has happily now become almost wholly …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 1 January 1812. In Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 2 (London, 1865), p. 492. accessed: 19 May, 2024

location of experience: Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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children singing performed by poor children

Experience Information

Date/Time 1 January, 1812
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:18:50 +0000
Approved on Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:22:46 +0000