File AUD 13/1 - Recorded Memoirs of Hon. Lady Smith

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AUD 13/1


Recorded Memoirs of Hon. Lady Smith


  • nd [1980] (Creation)

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1 audio cassette ([Philips] C120)

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The original audio cassette appears to contain two different recordings. The first is on side A of the cassette. The second recording follows the first recording on side A but is also copied on to side B of the cassette. It is the two recordings that appear on side A of the original audio cassette which have been copied for preservation and access purposes.

The recording was made by Hon. Lady [Monica] Smith as a birthday present to her sister the Hon. Phyllis Barclay in what is thought to be 1980 for her 90th birthday.

Track 1 (duration of 15 minutes 35 seconds) - childhood relationship with her sister; return to Somerleyton Hall of father [Savile Brinton, 1st Baron Somerleyton] from Boer War [1901] and welcome given to him by estate staff; celebrating Valentine's Day; riding horses; swimming; visits to Fritton and Hopton; visiting church on Sundays both in Somerleyton and St Margaret's Church, Westminster and comments on sermons heard there by the church's vicar [Herbert] Hensley Henson; Sunday afternoons at the zoo or Tattersalls [blood stock agents]; visiting St Paul's Cathedral on horse bus; teaching at Somerleyton Sunday School; visiting Canada and Japan (1913); family experiences of World War I; working at 17 Park Lane, London; meeting her husband Lieut.-Gen. Sir Arthur Francis Smith; details Somerleyton estate staff, giving names; details inhabitants of Somerleyton, giving names and occupations; details visitors to Somerleyton Hall, again giving names and opinions; general reminiscing about how things have changed.

Track 2 (18:01 m:s) - detailed description of children's parties, including at Belgravia Square and Wreningham, types of clothes worn, dancing, food eaten, including lots of ice cream; detailed description of Christmas at Somerleyton Hall including shopping for Christmas presents in Lowestoft in open carriage, Christmas morning when presents given to estate and household staff, visiting church where her father would give the reading, food eaten, Christmas Eve when the Hall would be visited by Salvation Army and hand bell ringing on New Years Eve; water supply; visits to Green Park, London and how 'the elite' would pay to sit on green metal chairs; family house at 12 Carlton House Terrace and milk stall (with cow) on Pall Mall; milk deliveries; London's boot black boys and crossing sweepers; watering of Pall Mall prior to processions; open back delivery vans; ice delivered by fish monger; street music (barrel organ, hurdy gurdy, harp); Hon. Lady Smith's husband's memories of going to Wimbledon on steam underground and how dirty it was as well as unemployed men waiting at railway stations to help move luggage; obtaining foot warmers for unheated trains; how she always looked forward to going home to Somerleyton; men cutting grass and working on the land; fishermen wearing gold earings to improve eyesight; Great Yarmouth herring industry and Scottish girls; describes fish harvest thanksgiving service at Lowestoft, detailing how church was decorated.

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total duration (side A only) - 33 minutes 36 seconds (duration times of individual tracks given in description field): equalisation - [type I]: gauge - 1/8 inch tape: noise reduction - [none]: sound quality - medium: tracks - stereo

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For access use CD ref. SCOP 1/205 which can be ordered and listened to in the Norfolk Record Office searchroom (SCOP 2/206 and SCOP 4/206 for office use only).

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Created 13/01/2006 by Drojd. Modified 09/10/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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