Interviews: 1940 - 1949

  • Adrian Fellows Interview

    Adrian Fellows

    Adrian talks about his early life, Slater Bank Farm, the Blue Pig, aka Midgehole Working Mens Club mand his work amongst other subjects.

  • Ann Kilbey Interview

    Ann Kilbey

    It would be the younger ones. I don’t remember going to the cinema much. I can remember going into Halifax once or twice when there were cinemas in Halifax, but perhaps it was the isolation – you didn’t go out much. I go out a lot more now.

  • Bryan Ashley Interview

    Bryan Ashley

    Brian grew up on several farms with his family before becoming a weaver, which he still does amongst other things. He has a keen interest in Northern Soul and loves to dance and was a motorbike enthusiast until he had an accident recently, which means he now has taken up walking.

  • Carol Holden  Interview

    Carol Holden

    Year 5 pupils from Riverside School interviewed 8 older members of the public about their lives and on a variety of themes including the environment, creativity, their dream job, family, hobbies, how Hebden Bridge has changed over the years and much more. Here Carol talks about these themes.

  • Dougie Mansfield Interview

    Dougie Mansfield

    We moved to Hebden Bridge when I was five year old which was 1952. My father saw Lumb Bank advertised in the Exchange and Mart, came up, saw it, came up on his own, saw Lumb Bank, bought it for seventeen hundred pounds [£1700] and then came back down to Croydon and sort of shipped us all lock stock and barrel up north, and I think it’s my earliest memory – is the day we moved from Croydon. I’ve no recollection of anything major in Croydon so I cannot remember living in Croydon and we used to opposite the airport next to a main road, on Brighton Road

  • Frank Stoker Interview

    Frank Stoker

    I went to Berlin and went through the Berlin Wall when the Berlin Wall was standing. I went through Checkpoint Charlie, one of the American checkpoints into the east of Berlin, that was exciting and I’ve been to Russia, to Moscow and to the Central Asia Republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, that was exciting and we took the Chinese border.

  • Geoff Garner Interview

    Geoff Garner

    I left school when I was fourteen, started work on the farm where I stayed till I was twenty-one and then I did various jobs travelling round the country on building sites, whatever was going.

  • Glenda Gibson Interview

    Glenda Gibson

    We’d a big lounge, a hallway, a staircase where we used to slide down the banister [laughing], slide down the stairs on a tray straight through the hall! The kitchen was sort of a keeping kitchen with a round stone roof and stone slabs, and a wash kitchen with the old washer and rubbing board.

  • Jake Gomilny Interview

    Jake Gomilny

    Well, of course Kiev is Ukraine, but at the time Ukraine did not exist as a country. It was part of the Soviet Union, so technically speaking, she was referring to, the country does not exist any more technically speaking.

  • John Houran  Interview

    John Houran

    Year 5 pupils from Riverside School interviewed 8 older members of the public about their lives and on a variety of themes including the environment, creativity, their dream job, family, hobbies, how Hebden Bridge has changed over the years and much more. Here. John talks about his life.

  • John Hudson  Interview

    John Hudson

    Listen to John talk about being a potter and the history of potteries in West Yorkshire. He has developed a unique style and also makes medieval replica’s. He knew Issac Button of Soil Hill Pottery, one of the last craft potters.

  • Linden Vardy

    Linden talks about the history of the Blue Pig, aka, Midgehole Working Men's Club and the people and happenings in and around Midgehole.

  • Mary Loney  Interview

    Mary Loney

    Find out about Mary’s life and artistic motivation, which led her to start an art school in Todmorden and how she developed it from an access course to an Honours BA degree course and in the process received a MBE for services to the community.

  • Mike Horne

    Mike had a career as an academic in social work but turned to art in later life.

  • Paul Roberts Interview

    Paul Roberts

    Michael Seth talks to Paul Roberts, local folk musician about his musical life and his years of living in Hebden Bridge.

  • Peter Thomas Interview

    Peter Thomas

    Well nicknames were again something that were more for the older generation – there was a reason for this actually I think in many respects. There are certain surnames that are very common, particularly Greenwood for example and Sutcliffe, and they often gave nicknames or what was called by-names to differentiate certain branches of Greenwoods.

  • Ralph Thornber Interview

    Ralph Thornber

    Well that was a business that I started. I’ve Townson Thornber fuels….I don’t know how long ago we started it, it was about ’89 and then I sold it to Shell and I carried on working for fourteen years which….I thought it would last fourteen minutes, but, and then I decided I’d had enough and since then they’ve sold it to someone else, but it’s still about and it’s basically the same people as we had.

  • Stuart Gibson Interview

    Stuart Gibson

    The job situation down there was pretty hopeless and my father and his brother-in-law it were, my uncle, they decided that they’d to do something about getting some work so they got a train to Manchester. When they got in Manchester they asked where there was work and they were told t’best place to go was Luddendenfoot, so they caught a train through and got off at Luddendenfoot.

  • Stuart Jackson  Interview

    Stuart Jackson

    Year 5 pupils from Riverside School interviewed 8 older members of the public about their lives and on a variety of themes including the environment, creativity, their dream job, family, hobbies, how Hebden Bridge has changed over the years and much more. One of Stuarts first memories was when Elizabeth became Queen.

  • Tom Greenwood Interview

    Tom Greenwood

    Well I grew up on the farm and I always say I knew how to do a day’s work by the time I was ten years old [laughing] because it was part of the….part of the growing up, dealing with the cows and horses and hay making and things like that.

About Us

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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Pennine Heritage Ltd.
The Birchcliffe Centre
Hebden Bridge
HX7 8DG

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