Ref NoWIN/033
CollectionWinstanley Oral History Collection
TitleMrs . E . Clark interviewed by Michael Winstanley
Name of creatorWinstanley, Michael
Date24/07/1975
Duration3 hr. 14 min. 20 sec.
Extent1 sound tape reel
2 audio file Waveform Audio
DescriptionMrs. E. Clark, born 1885, interviewed in Chilham. Her father was a shoemaker. He was the youngest of nine surviving three boys and six girls. His first job was a teacher.

Track 1 Side A [01:38:09] Introduction: interviewee is Edith Clark [EC]. [00:00:30] EC born in 1885. [00:00:39] EC talks about her earliest memory being Queen Victoria’s 50th. [00:03:45] EC talks about her father’s job and where he had a shop. [00:05:55] EC discusses having bees and pigs in the garden. [00:06:29] Discussion of water crocks. [00:08:21] Goes back to talking about what EC’s father did for work. [00:08:49] EC’s father’s education. [00:10:13] Discussion of EC’s father’s upbringing. [00:11:10] EC talks about where her father got his materials from for work. [00:16:00] Discussion about any bad harvests. [00:17:39] Apprentices that EC’s father had. [00:17:57] EC discusses an altercation between her mother and Bill Matcham who lived in their row of houses. Mention of guns and drunkenness. [00:21:51] Discussion of the clubs that the pubs ran to help people if they were ill. [00:22:41] Mention of the parties that the clubs would host. [00:25:54] EC mentions her father was part of a tradesmen’s club. [00:26:59] Discussion of her father’s drinking habits. [00:28:06] EC talks about her father being struck by lightning. [00:31:39] Discussion of EC’s family – siblings. [00:34:51] EC talks about her father’s mental state after his accident. [00:37:50] Mention of EC’s father being well-off. [00:38:49] Brief mention of EC’s sisters going into service. [00:40:11] Discussion about what EC’s brothers did for work. [00:43:49] Punishments at school. [00:45:32] Talk about EC’s education. [00:49:59] EC talks about her encounter with Lord Sondes and him encouraging her to become a pupil teacher.
[00:54:23] EC’s teaching career. [01:03:21] EC getting married. [01:06:58] Discussion of the impact that ready-made shoes had on EC’s father’s business. [01:09:22] Audio is slightly glitched here and a random snippet of audio plays. [01:09:48] Glitch in audio – part of the transcript is repeated – goes back to talking about ready-made shoes. Audio continues as normal from here. [01:11:37] Carriers in the village. [01:13:18] Mention of the Ransley Gang – smugglers. [01:18:54] Family at Lees court. [01:19:50] EC’s mother helping her father with the shoe business. [01:20:18] Talk about the six apprentices that EC’s father had. [01:21:19] Transcript missing – audio continues. [01:25:02] Transcript returns – continues as normal. [01:25:11] Discussion of her mother’s baking. [01:27:13] Homemade sausages. [01:33:22] EC mentions the difficulties of being able to have livestock after she was married. [01:34:14] EC talks about her father losing their house and then being able to buy it back again.
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 PlaceSheldwich, Kent
Access filenameWIN-033-001A-A.mp3
WIN-033-001B-A.mp3
CategoryAudio recordings
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