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Contents of


Excursion from Sidmouth to Chester in the Summer of 1803 in a series of letters to a lady

including sketches of the principal towns and villas in the counties of:
Devon, Somerset, Gloucester, Monmouth, Hereford, Salop, Derby, Stafford, Warwick, and Worcester;
interspersed with biographical anecdotes and incidental remarks. Parts I & II.


Rev. Edmund Butcher

London: Cowper, Printed by C. Whitingham, Dean Street, for H.O. Symonds, Paternoster Row, and S. Woolner, Exeter (1805). illus. 462pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The REV. EDMUND BUTCHER was born at Colchester in 1757. His family was originally of Peering, in Essex, a place of which, in about 1667, his ancestor John Butcher was rector. In 1798, Mr. Butcher was chosen Presbyterian pastor of Sidmouth. His first published book was 'Picture of Sidmouth', followed by this travel book. He later published three volumes of sermons for the use of families. His last publication was a volume of Prayers for the use of Families and Individuals, and Forms suited to particular occasions. After his death, Mrs. Butcher published a small volume of his "Discourses on our Lord's Sermon on the Mount". He wrote many valuable hymns, and died in 1822. An original copy of the text is held at the Bodleian Library and a complete electronic copy may be accessed at:
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DEPARTURE from Sidmouth. Sidford. Sidbury. Lace-makers. Gittisham. Honiton. Monkton. Dr. William Harris. Up-Ottery. Taunton. North Petherton. Bridgewater. Queen Anne. Battle of Sedgemoor. Cruelties of Feversham, Kirke, and Jefferies. Fate of the Duke of Monmouth. Death and Tomb of James II. Sacheverell. Admiral Blake. Cheddar cliffs. Cross. Bedminster


Bristol. Slave-Trade. Siege of Bristol. Cathedral. Mrs. Robinson. Church of St. Mary Redcliff. Other public Buildings of Bristol. Volunteers. Visit of Queen Anne to Bristol. Sir James Stonehouse. Dr. Shebbeare. Glass-making. Redland. The Hot-wells. Ashton. King's Weston. Blaize Castle. The Sabbath.


Henbury. Passage across the Severn. Aust. Chepstow - the Castle. Earl Strongbow's Invasion of Ireland. Persefield. Tintern Abbey. Monmouth. Troy-house. Geoffrey of Monmouth. Anecdotes of Cromwell. Hereford. Henry III. Cathedral. Bonner. Trial by Jury


Mr. Morris. Cyder. Werndee. Leominster. Battle at Mortimer's Cross. Sarnsfield. Ludlow. The Castle. Church-Stretton. Caractacus.


Shrewsbury. Mr. Orton. Churchyard the Poet. Battle-field. Pym's Farm. Wem. Hawkestone. Leyton-hall ,


Whitchurch. Philip Henry. Broad Oak. Barnhill. Chester. Religious Differences. Public Edifices of Chester. Bradshaws. Brerewoods. Whittingham. Beaumaris Bay, a Poem. Extracts


Middlewich. Salt-springs. Congleton. Macclesfield. Indulgences. Buxton. The Devil's Cave. Newhaven. Cromford. Sir Richard Arkwright



LEA-WOOD. Ants. Matlock. Cumberland Cavern. Sonnet to an old Wig. Cotton-mills. Lanark-mills. Lea-Hall. Dethick, Critch. Wingfield. Mary Queen of Scots


Chatsworth. The first Duke of Devonshire. Hardwick. Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury. Sonnet to the Moon


Revolution-House. Some Particulars of that great event. Prince of Orange's Reception at Exeter, Centennary Celebration of the Revolution at Whit- tington and Chesterfield. Wirkiworth - Iron-ore. Ashbourn. Dove-dale.


Harvest. Hentzner. Kedleston. Derby. Silk-Mills. -The Lombes. Porcelain Manufactory Public Events. Visit of the Rebels to Derby in 1745. Pretender. Letter from the Cardinal of York to Sir J. C. Hippisley. Dr. Darwin.


Burton, Tutbury Castle. Litchfield. Garrick and Dr Johnson. Lady Wortley Montague. Bishop Hacket. Notices of Ashmole. Bentham and Carte. Sutton Cofielf. Birmingham.


Churches of Birmingham. Dissenting Chapels. Riots in 1791. Dr Priestley. Mr Scholefield. Mr Robinson. Sunday School. Soho. Coining Mills. Steam Engine. Theatre. Shakespeare's House. Guinea Garden. Baskerville. Duddestone.


Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Salt. Saltmines of Poland. Anecdotes of Mrs Bendysh. Worcester Cathedral. Bishops Latimer, Hough and Madox. Battle of Worcester and escape of Charles II. Dr Nettleton.


Tewkesbury. Defeat of Queen Margaret. Ass of Verona. Gloucester Cathedral. College-School. Anecdotes of its Head-Master Mr Wheeler. Martyrdom of Bishop Hooper. Origin of Sunday-schools. Osborn's vindication of them. Boar at Bridgewater.


Taunton. Anecdotes. Milton. Bishop's Lidiard. Poundesford Lodge and Park.Mr Grove. Samuel Daniel. Poetical Letter.


Dolce Domum. Sidmouth. Branscombe and Salcombe.