The Diary of Sarah Ogden (1842-51 Leicester, Uppingham & Grantham) Researching Rutland	Registered Charity No 700273 Rutland Local History & Record Society
Sarah Ogden (1817-95) was a daughter of Benjamin Cort, a prosperous ironfounder of Leicester, and was brought up in a fine eight bedroom house in Welford Place. Her diary starts with her marriage in 1842 to her first cousin Benjamin Cort Ogden, an employee of a Leicester bank. The bank’s collapse the following year, however, led to Ogden’s appointment as manager of the Stamford, Spalding and Boston Banking Co. in Uppingham, where they lived for the next five years. In 1848, he opened a branch of that bank in Grantham, where they settled. Sarah’s diary ends in 1851 when they were living at 18, High Street, Grantham with a groom and two servants. The Ogdens were a prosperous middle class couple, had no children and were Strict Baptists; the diary gives a vivid picture of their social life in Leicester, Uppingham and Grantham. The diary has been transcribed and annotated by Nigel Webb, a Great Great Great grandson of Sarah's father. Uppingham historian Peter Lane has kindly provided, as an appendix, a commentary and notes on individuals appearing in the diary for the Ogdens' period of residence in Uppingham. Please select the link to download and read