Charlie Payne’s Blog; An Introduction

Charlie Payne, shown above with his future wife Ida, was born on 24 September 1883 in London. By the time of his death in 1919 Ida had accumulated a legacy of Charlie’s letters and diaries. Recently rediscovered, these documents form part of the story of Charlie’s life that his grandson, Chris Payne, is assembling in a book which has the working title ‘Charlie Payne’s Hatbox‘.

Following a childhood in Westminster, and an education at Emanuel School, Wandsworth, Charlie started work as a clerk in the City of London. By 1903, aged 19, he was living with his parents and brothers and sisters in a rented house in Landcroft Road, East Dulwich, later moving to nearby Ferris Road in October 1903. For the years 1903 and 1904 he completed a daily pocket diary of his life which provides the closest Edwardian equivalent to a modern ‘blog’. For each month between January 1903 and December 1904, Charlie’s original diary entries, and a transcript of them, will be made available, together with links that provide further information (and in some cases, photographs) relevant to the diary entries. ‘Charlie’s Blog’ provides insight into the daily life of a young man in London at the beginning of the Edwardian period, an era of opportunity and release from some of the more oppressive aspects of the Victorian society that preceded it.

By providing access to ‘Charlie’s Blog’, Chris Payne is hoping to encourage you to add comments and any additional information that you may have about the people, places and events that are mentioned in Charlie’s record of his daily life. For example, not all the people that Charlie mentions have been identified, so CAN YOU HELP PROVIDE EXTRA INFORMATION?

WORK IS UNDERWAY TO FORMAT THE DIARIES AND TRANSCRIPT FOR 1903 AND 1904. IN THE MEANTIME, THE DIARY EXTRACTS FOR JANUARY 1903 and FEBRUARY 1903 ARE COMPLETE AND ONLINE.

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