The final weekly entry in this Sunday Series, taken from a Commonplace Book written by Edward Henry Lisle Reeve in 1881, which was given to a member of this Society through contract from an Essex local history blog.
Squire Tufnell of Langleys, Great Waltham
Squire Tufnell, of Langleys, is always held up as the type of a perfect country gentleman.
Squire Tufnell was a man of large mind – quite above the petty bickerings and cavillings of the many. He would not patronize one of the two party newspapers in the town more than the other, but told the bookseller to send him regularly four copies of each saying that “he paid no attention to any of their squabbles”.
He would watch his men on a hot day in summer making the hay in the park in front of the house. “Don’t they seem to poise rather?” he would say, pointing to the mechanical efforts made to balance cocks of hay on the fork by turn instead of giving them the zealous shaking they required. “I must go and stimulate them”. And then he would send out some of the home brew’d to inspire new vigour.