Subjects covered in interview include childhood memories and family life, education, leisure, health, farming and the Second World War. Places mentioned include Hilborough, Shipdham, Whissonsett and Great Yarmouth.
00:00-05:00 (minutes : seconds) - following introductions, Jack Barrell (JB) remembers his childhood; being born on a Hilborough farm; his father's experience of owning The Swan public house in Hilborough from 1904 onwards, which included 125 acres of land. JB discusses another interviewee with family links to The Swan. JB comments on education at Hilborough School and describes skating on a big lake (which he was trained to dredge with a local tractor owner); and a serious football injury suffered in April 1935 which resulted in his ankle being in plaster for three years.
05:01-10:00 - JB continues to describe football injury, including discomfort of plaster cast; Mr [H.A.] Brittain a surgeon [at both the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Jenny Lind Hospital for Children]; being in Great Yarmouth hospital [possibly Great Yarmouth General Hospital] when about 12 years-old, including being on beach front and watching beach fishermen; difficulties of returning to school; and favourite subjects at school.
10:01-15:00 - JB describes treatment of other sick patients in Great Yarmouth hospital; coal boat being blown towards pier; being spoilt by the matron; being taken to a flower show (also attended by the Mayor); and his recovery. JB recalls his two brothers joining Swaffham Territorial Army near start of Second World War and subsequent death of one of his brothers in Benghazi, Libya [namely, George Desmond Barrell, gunner in Royal Artillery, c. 1918-1942]; growth of family farm (to include about 50 cows).
15:01-20:00 - JB describes many aspects of farm life, including receiving help from cousin Phoebe; family moving to another farm in 1938; taking over farm following death of his father (aged 82) and his mother four years later and his marriage in 1945. JB discusses owning land in many places, including Shipdham, and then describes his farm house; bathing in front of the kitchen fire because of lack of an indoor bathroom; modernization of farm equipment, such as milking machines for cows; memories of others regarding milk production and delivery; size of cattle herd; and ownership of bull.
20:01-25:00 - JB continues to describe farming of bulls then tells anecdote involving Jimmy Tyrell and drinking with him for Christmas celebration. JB describes retirement and health, including having an operation at Norfolk and Norwich hospital. JB talks about his family, in particular his five children (Christopher (CB), David, Graham, Mary and Jacqueline) and going into business with CB, his eldest son.
25:01-30:00 - JB continues to discuss business partnership with CB who hires land from JB. JB mentions his children's occupations. JB discusses his memorabilia, including sign saying 'Pear Tree Farm', which was given to him by his sons and was made by a local blacksmith. JB talks about photographs on his wall, including photographs of his wedding. JB talks about death of his wife. JB mentions Ann English, a friend who serves on [Whissonsett] Parish Council; links to a horticultural society [Whissonsett and District Horticultural Society]; and playing indoor carpet bowls with group of about 15 people.
30:01-35:00 - JB talks about having Christmas dinner at the Crown public house in Colkirk, then discusses various unidentified entertainers which he has seen. JB talks about his current house which he moved to in 1985 having decided to leave his farm.
35:01-40:00 - JB continues to talk about gardening. JB returns to subject of his family, including his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. JB mentions daughter Jacqueline; granddaughter Amy; tallness of male family members; an unnamed grandson who teaches science at a private school.
40:01-45:00 - JB continues to talk about grandchildren and their occupations and then describes photographs of his golden wedding anniversary and other household memorabilia. JB returns to subject of farming, including working at Hilborough without a tractor; a local farm which was using seven horses instead of a tractor in 1978; and then farming sugar beat and health consequences.
45:01-47:46 - JB continues to describe health implications of farming sugar beat. JB talks about some of the visitors and temporary workers who were at the farm, including three hardworking Irishmen, prisoners of war, George and Kirk. JB describes taking the later home to Cockley Cley.
47:47 - 48:12 - Break in interview
48:13 - 50:00 - JB describes his involvement with Home Guard [during Second World War], including guarding bombs, heavy ammunition and hand grenades.
50:01-end - JB continues to talk about the Home Guard duties, including off-duty recreation; eye injury after a bike accident whilst carrying supplies; and other members of Home Guard.