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The Farrington Diary

The Documents of the Farrington Diaries

William Farrington’s diary covers the years 1858 to 1862. He writes about everyday life in the Whittlesford/Duxford area of southern Cambridgeshire but his circle of acquaintances covers a large area from his own family in Buckden, to colleagues and friends in Cambridge and beyond. Travel is made easier because of the railways. We hear about romances, illness, crime, insanity and death. By the end of 1860 William is about to get married and move to Duxford to set up his own business. He obviously finds it hard to keep up his diary and this comes to an end in 1862.

The cover of William Farrington’s diary

The diary has been transcribed into five documents. This work was carried out by Fiona Fitzgibbon about twenty years ago to whom the Museum of Cambridge owes a huge debt of gratitude for the work involved. To her transcriptions have been added footnotes by Roger Lilley. Also listed here are the addenda provided by the transcriber. As a digital project, any amendments, corrections or additions can be made as required. Suggestions and comments can be sent via

Page one of William Farrington’s 1858 diary entries

The diary is part of the Museum of Cambridge archive.

Wm Farrington 58 PDF

Wm Farrington 59 pt 1 PDF

Wm Farrington 59 pt 2 PDF

Wm Farrington 60 pdf

Wm Farrington 61 PDF

Wm Farrington 62 PDF


Farrington family tree PDF

Farringtons Family PDF

i The Binding PDF

ii List of items in Diary PDF

iii Transcription of Letters etc PDF

Local places PDF


Maynard family tree 2 PDF



Places 2 PDF



William’s sisters PDF


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