Oral & Local Memories


This page lists information (images AND text) on local memories and reminiscences often in the form of audio records or recollections of childhood or life in a local village. This information is provided to assist in deciding whether a visit to the History Centre may benefit your research. However, please do not assume that it is either complete or accurate.

Images (which may be clicked on to enlarge) are provided as they often convey more information than the text that follows . The images may also help with locating information within the History Centre.

Oral Histories

Originally on audio cassette they have been digitised and may be found on the History Centre laptop.

1 Margaret Loose reciting her own poetry

Recorded: ?

Approx 23 minutes duration

2 Bill Timms interviews Mrs Mary Ferroussat, Mrs Joyce Reed & Mr Tony Wright

Recorded: 18th April 1998

Approx 17 minutes duration

3 Bill Timms interviews Mrs Mary Ferroussat, Mrs Ivy(?) Arundel & Mrs Joyce Reed

Recorded: 18th May 1998

Approx 46 minutes duration

4 The Girl Joan (Parry nee Musters)

Recorded: ?

Approx 24 minutes duration

5 Bill Timms interviews Rev Judith Stevens

Recorded: 31st July 1997

Approx 34 minutes duration

6 Man of Norfolk by John Timpson with Dick Joyce of Castle Acre

Recorded: ?

Approx 15 minutes duration

7 Freda Starr and Jim Bishop

Recorded: 26th July 1993

Part 1: Approx 30 minutes duration

Part 2: Approx 30 minutes duration

8 Mary Long (Mrs Ferroussat) and Ronnie Ducking

Recorded: ?

Approx 22 minutes duration

9 Sam Parsons (83) reminiscing about Blakeney with Jonathan Hooton

Recorded: April 1980

Part 1: Approx 30 minutes duration

Part 2: Approx 30 minutes duration

10 Mary Long (Mrs Ferroussat) and unknown

Recorded: ?

Approx 30 minutes duration

11 Bill Hayward’s 90th Birthday 2nd December 1990

Recorded: 2nd December 1990

Approx 30 minutes duration

12 Bill Timms interviews 5 elderly people at the Glaven Centre

Recorded: 18th July 1997

Approx 35 minutes duration

13 BBC Radio Norfolk: Thoughts and Adventures of Old Barney

Recorded: No Date

Part 1: Approx 12 minutes duration

Part 2: Approx 12 minutes duration

14Nigel Boy Syer sings eleven songs in Norfolk Dialect

Recorded: ?

Part 1: Approx 15 minutes duration

Part 2: Approx 16 minutes duration

15  Part 1: Radio Broadcast with Keith Skipper interviewing Sydney Loose and Stratton Long

Recorded: ?

Approx 30 minutes duration

15  Part 2: ?

Recorded: ?

Approx 25 minutes duration

16 Kipper Family at Chelmsford

Recorded: ?

Approx 25 minutes duration

17 Part 1: Bill Timms interviews Joe P. Jordan & James Leach, Wells Road, Stiffkey

Joe Jordan born 20 September 1912 in Stiffkey. Lived in No. 20 Thirteen in family

Recorded 8 December 2000

Approx 45 minutes duration

17 Part 2: J P Jordan

Recorded 8 December 2000

Approx 21 minutes duration

Memories, Memoirs and other Notes

Eleanor Arthur (nee Long). Known as Nelly (Obituary) by Morris Arthur. Published in Glaven Valley Newsletter

Colin ‘Cobo’ Cobon, Blakeney.

An address given as the 2002 East Coast Wildfowling Conference whilst Chairman of the Blakeney and district Wildfowlers Association

Memories of a Norfolk Childhood by Mabel Simonds (nee Kay).

  • Born 4th April, 1912 at Zetland House, Cley-next-the-Sea.
  • Childhood spent at Manor Farm House, Blakeney where her father, Dr A R Kay, had his practice.
  • Moved to Halfway House, the High Street, Blakeney in 1929, then Clark’s House on the Quay,1935 before leaving for Hampshire.

George Adam Fox (Interview with)

  • The Modern ‘Young Man’ of Wiveton
  • 27 September 1935
  • Reminiscences of an agile nonagenarian

Godfrey Sayers (Memories from)

How the (Second World) War came to Cley by Ian Massingham

John ‘Shot’ Bone (Memories of) by Morris Arthur, 21 February 2006

Leila Page (memories from)

Lesley Victor Page (Obituary)

Born in Hempstead

Local Characters of Blakeney (A memory by R.B. Dew, 2005)

  • Jacob Holiday, the shoesmith
  • Old Palmer
  • Charlie Long, the Coxswain

Royal British Legion ‘Hut’, Blakeney

Tony Wright (Funeral Address, 5 January 2011)