Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection

Bert Wood and Charlie Bates interview

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:35:10

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0008782 (copy of C903/481)

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Reg Hall Archive

  • Interviewees

    Bates, Charlie, 1909- (speaker, male), Wood, Bert, 1890- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hall, Reg (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Fanny Lander talks about her background and family; her father (bricklayer); the buildings he worked on; the school she went to; memories of Scan and Will Tester playing for dances; working in service for an Irish family; dancing at the Servants Ball in the Coach and Horses, Chelwood Gate; changes in the village (Chelwood Gate); farming; memories of organ-player and monkey; local gypsies; Linfield Fair; Brighton man who used to sing outside the post office; Maggie Ridley (school friend); East Grinstead band; Danehill bell ringers; Albert and Walter Lucas; hand bell ringers in Coach and Horses on Boxing Day; how she and her husband housed two evacuee children from Bermondsey during the war; East Grinstead at start of World War 1; more about being in service; closeness between servants and family; songs sung at home; dancing [at this point Reg Hall plays melodeon - see Item Notes]. Will Marten and his sister Mary then join conversation and they all discuss Scan Tester's family; pub songs; poverty being reflected in the music; Ashdown Forest; changes in farming; comparisons of town and country; moving sheep from Romney Marsh; increase in local traffic; anecdotes about local policeman and cars, 1920s/1930s; anecdote about San Tester's brother Trayton.

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