Walker, Audrey (1 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Tape 1 (F15801) Side A: [01/09/04] Audrey Walker [AW] Born Workington, West Cumbria. Mentions father's disability and death when AW aged twelve. Story about paternal grandfather's disappearance after emigrating to Australia. Paternal grandmother, Mary Walker[MW], baked to support family, remarks on her reaction to father's death. Extended family lived in Workington. Story about AW's grandmothers' different reactions to AW getting her ears pierced. Remarks on MW's pride that AW went to college. Description of AW's close relationship to MW. Description of MW's terraced house. Mentions learning to cook by osmosis. Remarks on MW's simple clothes and her education. Description of father's siblings: one a literate joiner, the others illiterate. Remarks on not being a family orientated person. Father's name Stanley Walker. Remarks on the gulf that arose between AW and family after she went to college. Father's education: attending bookkeeping and shorthand night classes. Mentions father's service in World War One. Remarks on father copying paintings. Remarks on maternal great randparents farming background. Description of maternal grandparents: grandfather's employment as a steel worker, their conversion to the Plymouth Brethren, grandparents always busy making things for the household, grandmother's sewing, grandfather's allotment and their attendance at night classes. Remarks on AW sorting coloured threads as a child. Description of making rag rugs. Further description of grandparents: educations, story about grandmother going to see the Queen at the cinema, social life revolved around the Plymouth Brethren. Comments on mother's conversion to the Church of England. Description of mother's siblings and education, remarks on grandparents' refusal to send Aunt Harriet to higher education. Mother's desire to be a milliner. Father invalided during the war. Comments on parents' long engagement.

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