29th September 1943
Up early. High clouds, but much warmer than yesterday. As I went up East Hill, the sun began to break through. The Rector of St James came out of the Rectory in cassock and biretta, and hurried up the hill to church, his surplice over his arm.
Outside, staff hanging about nearly all day, because there is no petrol. Everybody very fed up.
Poulter told me that Benton [of the Essex Archaeological Society] had told him that
Hull was instructed to warn us that we were
to receive notice to quit. He has said