Ref NoWIN/022
CollectionWinstanley Oral History Collection
TitleMr. H. R. Bridge interviewed by Michael Winstanley
Name of creatorWinstanley, Michael
Duration49 min. 10 sec.
Extent1 sound tape reel
1 audio file Waveform Audio
DescriptionMr. H. R. Bridge, born 1894, interviewed in Tenterden. Bridge's father owned a building/repair firm. Bridge belonged to a family of 6: 3 boys and 3 girls, and his occupation was carrying on the family business.

Track 1 [0:49:10] [Interview: 26th March 1976] [0:00:00] Introduction: interview of Mr H R Bridge [HRB] at his home 2 Burgess Road, High Street, Tenterden, Kent by Michael Winstanley of the University of Kent at Canterbury on 26th March 1976. [0:00:31] HRB born 14th August 1894. Comments on father, builder of Tenterden, and his business. [0:03:25] Remarks on doctors, medical care. [0:05:36] Description of business suppliers, glass and putty from Chipstead, Sevenoaks, linseed oil from Bournes of Maidstone, Hall of Ashford. [0:06:52] Mention that HRB took over business in 1933. [0:07:49] Remarks on rich not paying their bills. [0:08:10] Mention of father’s employees working in Woodchurch and Rolvenden, daily bicycle money. [0:10:39] Remarks on badges and uniforms of local regiments in World War I; Cinque Ports battalion, Buffs and Queens Regiments. [0:11:53] Mention of HRB’s family, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, elder brother died South Africa as a result of World War I. [0:12:43] Comments on schooling, sisters privately educated, boys at local schools. Remark that school teachers promoted communism. [0:15:21] Mention of soup kitchen in lane near Webbs [Tenterden]. [0:17:22] Mention of Gaffer Cole caning children at school. [0:21:56] Mention that HRB attended Miss Romsey’s school. Remarks on snobbery within business classes. [0:22:56] Stories about electioneering, bill sticking by Liberals and Conservatives. Mention of Mr Judge, Sunday school teacher, running for the council. [0:26:11] Remarks on dental care, HRB’s mother’s recipe for toothache, lack of oral cleaning. [0:28:10] Mention of boot cleaning and knife sharpening chores for pocket money. [0:30:00] Remarks on help for mother, apprentice from firm for morning chores, live in maid. [0:31:30] Comments on playing, ludo indoors, spinning tops on road. [0:34:55] Comments on cooperation between builders. Mention of Bourne, builder of Woodchurch. [0:37:11] Mention of Elliots, builder, drinking in Woolpack Inn [Tenterden]. [0:37:38] Story about working for Watneys the brewers at Rolvenden, Thomas the gardener helping out but wanting cut. [0:38:37] Description of leisure activities, attending Band of Hope [temperance group] meetings and day trips to Dymchurch by horse bus, Sunday School treats locally in Tenterden fields, day trips to Hastings via Tenterden station at Rolvenden. [0:43:20] Mention that HRB’s mother from Brentford. [0:44:15] Description of content of schooling; reading writing, sums. [0:46:30] Comments on poor, polite but spending too much on beer, causing suffering to wives and children.
NotesTranscript exists for this interview.
PhysicalDescription1 sound tape reel : analogue, 5 inch reel, 9,5 cm/sec, 2 track, mono
Waveform Audio
Related OrganisationUniversity of Kent
Related PlaceTenterden , Kent
Access filenameWIN-022-001A-A.mp3
CategoryAudio recordings
Access conditionsAvailable for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU. Access is available via digital listening copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified.
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