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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Vera Hammonds
Vera Hammonds
An Oral History interview with Vera Hammonds
Photograph of Vera Hammonds taken during the Oral History interview
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen
Publication Date 18/04/2005
Landshape Zone Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish Ibstock
Location Ibstock, Leicestershire,
Event Start Date 28/09/1916
Event End Date 18/04/2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company
Reference LANt033
Detailed Description In this captivating recording listen to Vera Hammonds as she takes us back in time to a slower, gentler pace of life. Born in 1916, Ibstock lass Vera says that ?I was born in one war and got married the first week in the next?. Listen as Vera recalls her earliest memory of walking ??.across the field to the allotment? to take her father?s lunch ?I had to walk right down Grange Road, across the fields there, across the Overton Road to some other fields and these fields were actually off the Hinkley Road? and recollects ?Conkering with the lads?, making daisy chains, walking by the ?Battram Plank? and picking turnips for lunch. At the age of 14 Vera and her friends would congregate on Ibstock High Street but she remembers that ?You were scuffed out by the sergeant?? for hanging around in doorways! Hear Vera?s reminiscences of her courting days ??.down Locker?s Lane, then it was called Lovers? Lane cos everybody used to go round there?? and her memories of going ?Blackberrying when the blackberries were out?This was either made into blackberry and apple jam, blackberry and apple pudding, also blackberry vinegar?? and of making Elderberry wine and ??dandelion flower wine?.used to have to break the heads off dandelions and take them home? - despite never having touched a drop in her life! And discover who the Ibstock ?Ranters? were. 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