Commonplace Book of White Watson, 1810, containing geological and other memoranda
Scope and Contents
Throughout: notes on stones, quarries and mines at particular places.
fo.1v. Notes on Merino sheep; yield of Poland oats on Harlington Common; Hardy repainted gallery at Chatsworth, 1784. fo.2r. Coloured sketch of geological strata. fo.2v-3r. Printed poem, W. Bainbridge, ‘On Bolsover Castle, written in the summer of 1807’, printed Sheldon, Chesterfield. fo.3v. Note on cutting down fir plantations in America. fo.4r. Pruning of trees at Chatsworth, 17 DEC 1810; sketch of strata at Ashover. fo.4v. Sketch of strata at Bolsover. fo.5r. Compasses avaialable in The Strand. fo.5v. Notes on ownership and tenancy of Woodhouse Estate to 1810. fo.6r. Notes on springs in Scarcliff Park, Cross Mills and Chesterfield. fo.6v-8r. Details of Mr. Thompson’s sheep sale at Redhill Lodge, 5 JUN 1810. fo.8v-9r. Mr. Thompson’s sheep shearing, 5 JUN 1810. fo.9v. John Turner of Bolsover transplanted part of a wheat field; details of sheep breeding by Mr. Clarke of Barnby Moor, John Milnes, Thornhill at Stanton (11 FEB 1811). fo.10r. Sketch of geological strata. fo.10v. Thomas Andrew Knight’s method of pruning peaches, 5 APR 1808. fo.11r. Date of commencement of some Derbyshire parish registers. fo.11v. Mr. Gauntley’s method of calculating quantity of stone needed for road repairs. fo.12r. Note of repair of turnpike roads from Calver Bridge to Stonelow etc. fo.12v. Note of wells sunk in Chesterfield. fo.13r. Newscutting, letter, S___ to ‘Mr. Drewry’, unspecified paper, DEC 1795. fo.13v. Note of remains of former church at Duckmanton. fo.14r. Mr. Boden’s method of preserving potatoes. fo.14v. Note of carved initials of employees at Bolsover Castle. fo.15v. Note, Susanna Wheelhouse, Nether Langwith, makes evil water; William Lee’s wife at Whaley collects morels. fo.16r. Note of occurrence of butcher bird (Mr. Boden’s), ortolan or wheatear (Oulsitch), cuckoo’s messenger. fo.16v. Fine walnut tree at Mr. Platt’s, Nag’s Head Inn, Pleasley. fo.17r. Platt keeps black fowls (Cape fowls). fo.17v. Bore-holes, trees in Pleasley Park. fo.18r. Longevity of larch wood, from James Anderson’s Essays. fo.18v. Revd. F. Gisborn, Staveley, has painting of east window, Trinity College; Mr. Reaston’s large white poplar at Barlborough. fo.19r. Depth of wells of yellow limestone strata. fo.19v. Rules for sowing turnips at Bolsover. fo.20r. Note of Shuttlewood strata. fo.20v. ‘John Hind of Bolsover saw a block of yellow limestone a ton and a half weight broke in Bolsover Fields in the centre of which a toad was alive – but died immediately – in or about the year 1795’. fo.21v. Strata of Derbyshire. fo.22r. To sow strawberries (William Bradley, Bolsover). fo.22v. Note of pumps sunk c.1812. fo.23r. How to harvest oats (Leicestershire custom). fo.23v-24r. Cost of draining bogs in Ireland; depth of wells. fo.24v-25r. Sketches of strata, Derbyshire hills. fo.26r. Coal pits sunk by John Oaksmoor and James Clay. fo.26v-27r. Where to obtain Hawkins Polygraph for writing with two pens at once; transition rocks. fo.27v. Note of violent storm with huge hailstones, 31 AUG. fo.28r. Pen and colourwash drawing, strata at Bolsover. fo.29r. Metals produced by Mr. Davy from alkalis; flammability of sodium and potassium. fo.29v. ‘The Scotch cure for a cold’. fo.30r. Strata at Nassop. fo.30v. ‘Strata cut thro’ in sinking Mr. Wm. Wager’s shaft in Longstone Edge by Roger Sellars’. fo.31r. The Blue John mine at Walter Hull, owned by Needhams. fo.31v. Chatsworth, 17 DEC 1810, ball taken from horse’s bladder.
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White Watson (1760-1835), geologist, of Bakewell, Derbyshire.
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