RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
Ref No789
DescriptionThe diary was kept regularly with usually concise entries. Occasional shorthand passages discuss personal feelings or family disagreements. His father E.R. Adams sr. lived at Elmer Lodge until his death in 1856. Adams records his election as receiver and accountant to Bridewell and Bartholemew hospitals in February 1836
The diary also reveals an interest in new scientific and technological developments. On 11 December 1834 he demonstrated an `electrical machine' at home and later gave a lecture on electricity. On 22 October 1835 he walked to Rotherhithe to see the construction of the London & Greenwich railway and on 10 June 1836 travelled to Islington and back on a `steam coach'. The diary's final entry records a walk to Penge to see the Croydon Railway Co. at work on land acquired from his father
Adams perhaps hints at an undercurrent of local unrest. On 10 August 1835 he reports that Mr Wells of Widmore had 38 stacks and farm buildings burnt down overnight but does not suggest whether this was accident or deliberate action. However on 2 December 1835 firearms and ammunition were discovered in a haystack near Eden Cottage. On 10 December the vestry met to discuss a measure `to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants', and two days later two policemen were appointed for Beckenham
Administrative HistoryEdward Richards Adams lived with his family in Beckenham and worked in London. He received his M.A. from Cambridge in 1835 and was called to the Bar the following year.
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