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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Gordon Beardsley.
Gordon Beardsley
An Oral History interview with Gordon Beardsley.
Photograph of Gordon Beardsley taken during the Oral History interview.
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen.
Publication Date 22/02/2005
Landshape Zone Melbourne Parklands
Parish Melbourne
Location Melbourne, Derbyshire,
Event Start Date 1928
Event End Date 2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company.
Reference LANt008
Detailed Description Can you remember when a bomb dropped on Melbourne? Gordon Beardsley talks about his life in the Melbourne area of The National Forest. 'Planes seem to provide a thought provoking link in this recording, from the Luftwaffe to the passenger airliner that you can hear passing overhead. Gordon relates his memories of the effects of war on the area and talks of the time that a bomb was dropped on Melbourne killing 9 people. He recalls how his school was made into a gas cleansing centre "there were several classrooms filled with showers - so if they [the Luftwaffe] ever did drop gas we could get showered off". Listen to memories of Melbourne's well-known market gardening industry and hear a strange tale of 'serendipity' when Oral Historian Roger Kitchen discovers that he is staying that night in Gordon's old home! The transcript of the full interview is available to read with this contribution, whilst the audio file is a small clip taken from the original recording.

Subsidary Data for Heard, Written and Remembered
Type Verbal Recollections