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Text for Page 007 [02-01-1855]

		                   February. 1855.
  1. Thursday.  Here am I, abiding for the present at Neithrop,
and shall at no time have fairer leisure and opportunity to put down all
I have learnt of our family on the fathers side.  It is in its detail
characteristic of country life nearly a century ago, no-wise creditable, 
though not without its interest.  /                           The Gunn family were
farmer folk and lived in this old house �time out o� mind.  It was
then more spacious, including the adjoining building (on the left side,)
the rear buildings however (rebuilt over half a century ago as a dwelling
house,) were then barns and stables.  Like most houses and cottages
hereabouts, it is of yellowish colored stone, partly thatched, partly roofed.
Two or three Tudor shaped windows indicate that the older part may
have stood two centuries, while at the end, (as you enter from the road
through the big blue gates,) you can spy traces of some former porch or
doorway, in a stone arch, forming part of the wall.            The Gunn name
is not uncommon hereabouts, and the tombstones in Banbury churchyard
testify that many of �em lie there.   My Grandfather was a sturdy
farmer, known by the nickname of �Golden Gunn� from a liking of
his to recieve and make payments in specie.    Old Dumbledon, (Ban-
bury�s �oldest inhabitant� some years ago, dead now,) told me some few
of his characteristics.  He had worked for him, spake praisingly terming
him �Gentleman Gunn,� and said that though a chapel-goer, (a smack
of Puritan Banbury here,) he frequently attended church-service on work-day 
	mornings.  He
dying when my father, his youngest born, was a child left three
sons, and their mother.  To Richard the eldest was left the Neithrop
house and farm; to Thomas the next, the South Newington one, from               
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