This manuscript diary is titled Tour of
We hold a good selection of 18thand 19th century tours of
as they are an invaluable resource of historical information. Many of them are filled with comments and anecdotes on everyday subjects such as chosen routes; care and maintenance of coach and horses, conditions of roads, personalities met en route, quality of inns, descriptions of architecture and [of course!] the weather. Wales
For example, this particular diary ends with a summary of the places visited, the number of horses used and the number of turnpikes.
It’s not in the best condition as the binding has failed and most of the pages are now loose; but for the time being, instead of re-binding, we’re going to house it in a conservation box in an environmentally controlled cabinet.
All photographs in this post taken by Squirrel Library