Three of us had breakfast with the Bartley Dennisses who were most kind, took us round their lovely garden and gave us roses. Mrs Fletcher and M. F. went off with the pilgrims, Mrs Siddall had gone on to Ealing for her hospitality the night before. M. L., E. S., A. D. and Mrs Bridge stayed in the vans to pack up which was not so bad a job as we had imagined, but we had a big stock of biscuits an marmalade to pack up again.
It was not nearly such a nice day early on but the sun came out about 11.30. Noah was so interested in town life we could hardly get him along. We passed Ealing Common whilst the pilgrims were having their meeting and the good beast recognised them and gazed regretfully at them as he was urged past.
At Acton we asked a policeman for an inn where the vans could stand while the horses had their dinner. He sent us to one close at hand the Red Lion. We went to a confectioners and almost directly we got in a policeman came up, the girl in the shop seemed to be enquiring about us and I heard him answer the everlasting question an say we were not the same. [He] was very friendly and told Scholes he came off duty at 4 o’clock and would shew us round.
Noah had had a good dinner an could not be induced to hurry, he didn’t like London pavements either. We came in by Shepherds Bush, Notting Hill, Bayswater Road and so passed Ladbroke Terrace and Lancaster Gate. It was 5.15 when we reached St Pancras, first we were sent to the passenger department, then to a wrong goods yard, finally found the right place and demanded Checker Barber, had to go considerable distance before we found him.
The vans were soon disposed of but a complication arose when we found that the intention was to send the horses by goods train in an open cattle truck and there would be no accommodation for the men on the same train. After much consultation between our first friend Checker Barber, a livestock superintendent from Kentish town station, a gentlemanly superintendent of everything and everybody who took a faint interest and a friendly police man, we arrived at the decision that it would be better for them to go by passenger train, then came the problem how to get the extraordinary packages and our hand baggage back to the station with men and horses, however a labourer was found and our friendly Superintendent of livestock lent a hand.
The two enormous biscuit tins of groceries, jam etc were sacrificed and accepted with enthusiasm by the goodsmen. The work people were all outside watching us with great interest and the police escorted us, it seems no one is allowed to take anything out of the yard without a pass. Then at St Pancras, there was great hunting for the Inspector and finally arrangements were made for a horse box on the 12.15 am and an address given to Scholes where the horses could rest. The pilgrims then got in a taxi and reached the Waverley about 7 o’clock. M. F. and Mrs Siddall came later.
M. F. spoke at 3 meetings at Ealing.