Interviews: 1930 - 1939

  • Allan Stuttard Interview

    Allan Stuttard

    I can’t remember much about t’war, I know it never seemed to bother me that me brother was at D-day and I can’t remember – you know it didn’t seem real to us kids, you know...

  • Bobby Kennedy Interview

    Bobby Kennedy

    Interviewed by local radio broadcaster, Adrian Burke, Bobby talks about moving from Scotland to England, his footballing life and the influential characters he knew such as Malcolm Allison, Johnny Haynes and others when he played for Manchester City FC.

  • David Fletcher (1) Interview

    David Fletcher (1)

    Well my father came to Mytholmroyd; he bought into a small corn merchant’s business in Mytholmroyd and so he was working very hard to try to get that established. 1933 was a critical year for him because one of his major customers went bankrupt and it almost took him with them, so it was a pretty tough time and they’d just moved into this new house, a semi-detached house on Caldene Avenue. Caldene Avenue at that time was just rubble, it wasn’t a tarmacked road.

  • David Fletcher (2) Interview

    David Fletcher (2)

    There wasn’t an estate agents in Hebden Bridge so we set up a volunteer estate agency and we gave all the information away for free. We just had a sheet of properties that were on the market with a guide price against it and the contact details of the people that owned it, and you know, when you look at it today with its estate agents – there just weren’t any at that time – and then the fourth part was the big problem buildings. What do you do with buildings like Birchcliffe Church and Sunday School, like Nutclough Mill? Like you know, these we saw as places where we might get new forms of employment in time and we – although we were trying to attract new people – didn’t want it to become a dormitory area and so that was the strategy.

  • David Fletcher (3) Interview

    David Fletcher (3)

    Bridge Mill is a terrific building. It’s the oldest building in Hebden Bridge by a long way. There is actually a written record of it having consent to impound the river. Sir John de Thornhill, Thornhill near Wakefield I imagine, was given consent by the Prior of Lewes, Sussex on behalf of the Lord of the Manor, to impound the river and construct a mill on the Wadsworth bank of the stream between the township of Wadsworth and the township of Heptonstall, and this is recorded in the city archives in Leeds and the date was 1314, you know, nearly two hundred years before the stone Hebden Bridge Bridge was built.

  • David Fletcher (4) Interview

    David Fletcher (4)

    I’ve got four years and I’ve got a couple of those before I’m there and then there’ll be some teething problems I expect because it’s a kind of….it’s a new sort of thing and of course I work with the Alternative Technology Centre and their water power people have got this water power scheme, and Alternative Technological Centre are in another mill that we bought – I bought it with a friend jointly to save its life, you know, save it from demolition. Bought two on the canal bank and sold one of them to help to pay the other one.

  • Frank Ideson Interview

    Frank Ideson

    Frank talks about his life as a gamekeeper, especially for Lord Savile in Hebden Bridge and the time photographer Martin Parr spent with him over two years photographing his work life.

  • Freda Kelsall and Chris Irvine Browne Interview

    Freda Kelsall and Chris Irvine Browne

    Freda discusses her childhood, working as a teacher, in television and theatre touring, as well as living in Hawden Hall. Chris talks about how new technologies change lifestyles.

  • Jack Strong Interview

    Jack Strong

    Jack was originally from Friendly and worked for many years at William Edelson's Ltd in Sowerby Bridge, a large textile firm. He talks about growing up, his family, and his steady progress at work including working in America.

  • Jelma Bates Interview

    Jelma Bates

    Jelma grew up on a farm at Blackshaw and later lived at Widdop Reservoir.

  • Joe Whitehead Interview

    Joe Whitehead

    Our house was a farmhouse, or ex farmhouse. Me grandparents that came from Halifax on mum’s side of the family, and grannie’s husband died and she bought a farm on the hillsides of Blackshaw Head, mainly I would think to get away from the loss…..and then she moved to Blackpool, and when she moved to Blackpool me father and mother got married and they lived in the house for a few years actually, about five years. I was born after they’d been married about fifteen month, they got married late, my mother was twenty-nine, father twenty-nine……that sums that one up really.

  • Josie Greenwood

    Me father was the greengrocer in the village, me mum was just me mum…it was the war years and food was short. Me mum used to go snaring rabbits for us to eat. She was a marvellous cook, so we never ever went short of food because we’d have nettles for vegetables and as there got more of us, we’d have cow’s heart and sheep’s heads for us tea, and wonderful things like that you see!

  • Margaret Walton Interview

    Margaret Walton

    I went to St James Church of England School, Mytholm, in Hebden Bridge and for the last twelve months we went to what was Central Street then, because in the July as I should be leaving at the Christmas, they put the age up to leaving school at fifteen from fourteen and Calder High School wasn’t finished, so quite a lot of the small schools, we all had to go down to Central Street for the last twelve months so I just went to those two schools.

  • Mick Wilkinson  Interview

    Mick Wilkinson

    Mick is a farmer and agricultural contractor who lived near and knew Issac Button of Soil Hill Pottery. He talks about the history of Soil Hill, his interest in other local potteries and has examples of pots from his childhood to the last Puzzle Jug Issac Button made.

  • Mrs Gibbon Interview

    Mrs Gibbon

    Pupils from Colden School interviewed Mrs Gibbon asking her about her childhood, schooldays, working on a farm and about her needlework.

  • Peter and Mona Trafford Interview

    Peter and Mona Trafford

    My family? Well I’m one of six. I’ve four brothers and a sister..I lived on a farm and I had to work. When I used to come home from school I’d to get changed and get stuck in to some farm work – hay time, milking when I was old enough, milking cows by hand….generally….helping out on the farm you know.

  • Ruth Round Interview

    Ruth Round

    Well one major event was I had to go to hospital because I had scarlet fever…..and I had to go to Todmorden to hospital….and I couldn’t have visitors for a month, so that was pretty hard. It was a major event in my life.

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Wild Rose Heritage and Arts is a community group which takes it's name from the area in which we are located - the valley ("den") of the wild rose ("Heb") -  Hebden Bridge which is in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

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