OUT INTO THE WIDE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN
Aylesbury Old Bank - Tom Sandall's annotation showing his room
Tom Sandall was born 180 years ago today. In this extract from his journal he starts his banking career in Oxfordshire, celebrates the end of the Crimean War and proposes to his future wife, Connie Boémé.
In July 1854 my father again heard from Mr Cuerton that there was a vacancy at the Aylesbury Old Bank, so on the 11th of that month I again went and was accepted by Mr Hunt and put upon the staff there, living at the Bank House with whom I had a nice bed room to myself and boarded with the manager, except for supper which we clerks had together in what was called our Common Room and library.
The household consisted of Mr Cuerton, the manager, Mrs Cuerton and their only child Carrie, who was about 22 or 23 when I went to Aylesbury, Mr Glasson, accountant, Samuel Barnett, George Thomas, R Bell, J Williams, Ben Clarke, Chas Taylor, T Overton Robson, and myself. Mr Herbert Astley Paston Cooper came afterwards and eventually became a Director, as he had money and was the son of Sir Astley P Cooper. Mr Porter’s name was like his occupation, “Porter”, and I saw him still at his old work when I visited Aylesbury more than 40 years afterwards in 1896.
On 8 Aug 1854 I first went to Thame where a Scotchman A Garrioch was Manager and stayed a month. We used to take it in turns to be at Thame.
The 12 Sept 54 was Mr Cuerton’s birthday when we had a dance, Louisa & Georgina Senior of Broughton House, two Miss Hattons, Terrys, Lees &c being there.
At Aylesbury the customers used to give the staff Xmas money and when Mr Hunt divided it I came in for £2!! - a very nice Xmas box for me.
On 24 Jan 1855 Mr Austin H Layard the discoverer of the ruins of Ninevah lectured in the Town Hall at Aylesbury on “the Arabian Nights”, Mr Acton Tindall being the Chair. Mr Layard was MP for Aylesbury and it was interesting to see and hear such a famous man.
One of the many pleasing recollections of my life in Aylesbury was the Oxford Men’s Steeple Chase which was held on 28 March 1855 and which I went to see. I remember the water jump was very exciting as nearly all dropped short into the water.