The Viper PH, Ingatestone, c.1965Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Ingatestone >> Ingatestone Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Ingatestone about some celebrations.
The Essex Standard 31 December 1831
On Thursday last, the village of Ingatestone exhibited a scene of festivity, in consequence of Mr Edgar Disney, eldest son of John Disney, esq., of the Hyde, completing his twenty-first year.
The bells rang a merry peal throughout the day, and bands of music enlivened the joyous scene.
At the Hyde, all harmony and festivity. Towards the afternoon, the grounds about the house were thronged with the townsmen and the poor. A numerous party of the neighbouring gentry dined at the house, and the poorer inhabitants were regaled with some good brown stout, twenty-one years old, it having been brewed about the time Mr Edgar was born.
In the evening a splended ball took place, and the festivities were kept up to a very late hour.
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