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Recorded conversation between Cyril Marsters and Arthur Henry Ransome (1915-1995) of Wereham

  • AUD 44
  • Fondo
  • 1 Feb 1994

Relates to Arthur Ransome's career as horseman and farm labourer in general. Some biographical details given in letter from donor that accompanied the recording; with accession paperwork.
00:30:42 - start of side B
00.01.00-00:03:49 Talks about his mate who worked as a horseman in the fens (used a slightly different technique) and general techniques of horsemen e.g. double lines allow more control. Discusses method of ploughing between trees in orchards.
00:03:50 Strict attitude of team foreman.
00:04:30 Discussion of smoking practices (e.g. trying grandfather's pipe).
00:06:00 Housing developments in Wereham.
00:06:47 Discussion of steam ploughs and water carts.
00:09:30 Methods of steering ploughs.
00:10:28 Talks about pictures of blacksmith's shops and horses (circa 1912). Goes onto discuss location of blacksmith in Wereham and general techniques of blacksmiths plus idiosyncratic behaviour of some horses
00:14:45 AR talks about the horses he worked with in Wereham.
00:17:50 Discussion of tractor types.
00:18:27 Mentions draymen.
00:18:46 Discussion of exercise and AR talks about his working day as a horseman (started at 5am).
00:20:30 They talk about agricultural workforce in Norfolk.
00:21:30 Discuss weather conditions past and present.
00:23:10 AR talks about wartime experiences locally and Home Guard (?)
00:26:30 AR talks about fields he has worked on at Stoke Ferry, Fincham and towards West Dereham church
00:27:40 Discussion about roads and nearby beet factory.
00:29:30 Local railway.
00:30:30 Family's educational progress and employment
00:40:50 Some further discussion about horsemen and farming, including ploughing methods.
00:46:30 Memories of local schoolmistress and corporal punishment.
00:50:45 End
N.B. AR's voice, in particular, is rather muffled at some points in the interview.

Arthur Ransome; 1915-1995; horseman; Wereham, Norfolk

Papers of Dr W.F. Greer of Terrington St John

  • MC 3541
  • Fondo
  • 20th century

Records relating to the Greers' medical practice, with personal papers, including collected documents, among them personal papers of the Gaze family of Norwich, 1919-1942

Described as follows in accompanying list:

Norfolk Education Committee Medical Inspection Committee Minutes 1908-1920
Dr Greer's Papers ref. Vaccination circa 1936-1947
Dr Greer miscellaneous Medical Documents
Dr Greer Private Documents
Plans of the Health Centre Terrington
Mr Gaze - bills, invoices, letters 1941-1942
Papers relating to Rose Cottage, Terrington St. John - late Dr Greer
2 tapes (1 blank) - talking about Terrington in the past and ghostly interactions

Dr W.F. Greer; fl 1987; doctor; Terrington St John, Norfolk

Wells Field Study Centre additional records

  • AUD 108
  • Fondo
  • 1987-1999

Contains: Log book, May 1989-Nov 1995.
Papers relating to National Association of Field Studies Officers conference at Norwich (organised by Wells Field Study Centre staff), 1999, and NAFSO journals, 1987 (including article by Christine West), 1996-1998 (of which Christine West was editor) (1 file).
Sound recordings relating to salt marshes (one labelled 'Wells Salt Marshes'), [? 1980s] (1 cassette tape and 1 reel).

Jessopp Road United Reformed Church

  • FC 170
  • Fondo
  • 1926-2000

Norwich (Jessop Road) United Reformed Church (formerly Congregational); ?-?; Christian denomination; Norwich, Norfolk

Digitized copy of recorded interview with Dora Elsie Ann Rogers nee Sturman (known as Annie Rogers) of Horsham St Faith

  • AUD 42
  • Fondo
  • 1988-2010

Original recording made circa 1988 by Raymond Furlonger, grandson of interviewee, hereafter RF, who also asks majority of questions. Digitized copies made July 2010. Includes introduction by RF and features Flo Sandy and Fred Broom. Digitized using Denon DN-780R, Sonifex ADDA, Dell Precision T3400 (6XROG4J) running Wavelab v6.10. For the purposes of access and content description, the four sides of the original compact cassettes have been combined to form one long recording to reflect the actual interview. The following minor editing has been carried out on access copy, fade in and out of each side of original recording, end of actual interview and to RF's conclusion; minor denoise to remove hiss of original recorder; and normalization of RF's conclusion (from 2 hours 38 minutes 42 seconds to end).

00:00:00 (hours:minutes:seconds) - start of side 1 of 4 of original cassette

0:00:01-0:03:14 - RF sets out the purpose of the interview (i.e. to discuss Horsham St Faith (HSF) and life in the 'old days' more generally) and explains the family background of the subject. Annie Rogers (nee Dora Elsie Ann Sturman) was born in 1892 and was believed to be one of the oldest inhabitants of the village in 1988 (had lived in HSF since 1895).

0:03:15-0:25:07 - This part of this session mainly consists of the interviewer and interviewees 'settling in' with visitors popping in, cups of tea, chat about family members and friends etc.

0:25:08 - The main part of the interview commences at this point. AR is encouraged to talk about her early life and family background. Ethel Sturman was known as her 'sister' but was actually a cousin. Their unmarried mothers went back into service and the children were adopted. Went to live with foster parents in HSF at Back Street, Barrack Yard and attended the village school.
1901 census: Ethel (12) and Annie (8) plus Waltham Sturman (2) are listed as 'boarders' in the house of James and Eliza Forster.

0:30:28 - AR left school at 14 and went into service on Mile End Road in Norwich as a kitchen maid. Discusses working conditions (e.g. time off, test of servants' honesty) there and also experiences of agricultural work after leaving service (during First World War).

0:35:52 - AR talks about being employed at the horsehair factory in HSF. Describes in detail working conditions there (e.g. pay rates, hours, operation of looms, lighting, singing whilst weaving) and what horsehair was used for during this period i.e. furniture, gentlemen's clothes. When AR got married (1912) she had a loom at home provided for out-work as did many other women in the village. [An Elsie A. Sturman married Henry Rogers in the December quarter of 1912 in the St Faiths registration district.]

00:48:16 - start of side 2 of 4

0:53:20 - Discusses horsehair factory in Botolph Street, Norwich and transfer of the horsehair material from HSF to Norwich.

0:56:50 - Talks about shopping in Norwich, seeing soldiers based in Norwich during First World War and walking home to HSF.

1:02:20 - This leads onto questions about local road surfaces and contemporary transportation methods.

1: 07:35 - Discussion of harvest time practices in HSF and catching rabbits.

1:15:00 - First cars in village and soldiers in First World War (recuperating from injuries) who had to be shown jobs on the land.

1:20:00 - Discussion of local landowners in HSF and Newton Saint Faith and sale of land to tenants. Also farm work.

1:22:30 - Talks about tramps' lifestyles and villagers' attitudes to itinerants.

1:25:08 - Discussion of local workhouse system and board of guardians.

1:28:08 - Commerce in HSF (range of shops and trades etc.) and cow cabbages. Heating systems and transportation methods on farms.

1:36:05 - Village church-going practices (church and chapel). Mentions HSF Priory burning down.

01:36:21 - start of side 3 of 4

1:42:25 - Discuses impact of First World War on village life in HSF and increasing number of women who had to work on the land.

1:50:15 - Talks about local postal service.

2:03:00 - Discusses experiences of food as a child and allotments.

2:08:45 - Reminisces about doctors and midwives in HSF. Talks about her experiences of births and miscarriage and attitudes of the medical profession (1920s/1930s).

2:19:50 - Talks about trip to Southampton to visit dying mother in 1917.

02:24:49 - start of side 4 of 4

2:31:50 - Discusses trip to battlefields in France and Belgium with British Legion.

2:34:30 - RF asks about removal of horse manure on roads and water carts used to clean roads.

2:38:42 - Conclusion by RF. Describes AR's Land Army armband and certificate.

02:38:42 - concluding comment by RF

Raymond Furlonger; fl 1988; Norfolk

Interview of Ruby Thrower

  • AUD 111, AC1
  • Fondo
  • nd [c 1980]

Ruby Thrower (born Martham 27 January 1901, died April 1989) by her son-in-law Mr Laurie Brettingham and in the presence of the late Daureen Hampton nee Thrower (daughter of Ruby Thrower)

Laurie Brettingham; fl 1980; Martham, Norfolk

Recorded memoir of Augustus Ives (29 Dec 1894-11 Sep 1982) of Thornage, Briningham and later Norwich

  • AUD 93, CD6
  • Fondo
  • 1982-early 21st century

Relates to Ives's career working for London and North Eastern Railway, his time in the army and gardening, including at Swanton Novers House. Includes typescript notes and reproduced images of Augustus Ives. Recording made on 26 August 1982, digitized at unknown date.

Augustus Ives; 1894-1982; soldier; Thornage, Briningham and Norwich, Norfolk

Research interview for When Wherries Sailed By

  • AUD 110, AC1
  • Fondo
  • nd [mid 1980s]

Recordings made by Stanley Sinclair as research for book on Coltishall written by his wife, namely Olga Sinclair, When Wherries Sailed By (Poppy Land Press, 1987)

Stanley Sinclair; fl 1980 - fl 1989; Norfolk

Papers and photographs of Kenneth and Brenda Davis

  • MC 3544
  • Fondo
  • 1965-2004

Records relating to Wensum Lodge, Norwich, they were the first wardens, including the history, restoration and conversion of buildings on the site and its development and use as an adult education centre.

Kenneth Davis; fl 1965 - fl 2004; Wensum lodge warden; Norwich, Norfolk

Peter Handford collection

  • AUD 107
  • Fondo
  • 1966-1978

Collection falls in two parts. One are oral histories of people from Norfolk and Suffolk about their lives. The second are interviews with retired railway workers about their experiences, excerpts of which were used in a radio programme called, "The Last of Their Line", broadcast in the late 1960's.

Peter Handford; 1919-2007; sound recordist; Wickham Skeith, Suffolk

Wymondham Food Bank interviews

  • AUD 115
  • Fondo
  • 2021

Anonymised interviews with users (8 interviews), volunteers (10 interviews), and others (2 interviews) in relation to the food bank in Wymondham.

Wymondham Community Outreach Project; fl 2021; food bank; Wymondham, Norfolk

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