It would meet her approval

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reading piece (Feb 12) about the portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montague reminded me of the following quote from Volume 2 of Henry Tatton’s Diaries: “Lady Wharncliffe wrote in 1801 ‘We were in Sheffield today, and in my life I was never in such a dirty, stinking, savage place. I never saw a carriage, so we were the admiration and wonder of the people.

A perfect mob was round at every shop. The children ragged and looking like sweeps. Idleness and filth everywhere’. This begs the question as to how she managed to arrive at the place if not by carriage and what was the purpose of her visit?

At least the place has improved since then and would now meet with her approval!

Michael Parker, Deepcar