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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Robin Neilson.
Robin Neilson
An Oral History interview with Robin Neilson.
Photograph of Robin Neilson taken during the Oral History interview.
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen.
Publication Date 08/02/2005
Landshape Zone Mease and Sence Lowlands
Parish Walton-upon-Trent
Location Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire,
Event Start Date 1947
Event End Date 2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company.
Reference LANt003
Detailed Description " if someone walks into my office with some crazy idea, my first reaction is 'Yes', until I can find some reason why not" Robin Neilson's family have been at Catton since 1405, but Robin is no stick in the mud traditionalist! Since moving to the sadly run-down ancestral home of Catton Hall at the age of 9 Robin has seen a lot of changes. In this recording he tells us about the necessary economic diversification of the estate that has proved such an exciting challenge. Detailing some of the changes that have occurred in farming in recent years Robin tells us how Catton was one of the first National Forest Tender Schemes, and talks eloquently of future hopes and plans for Catton Hall. However Robin keeps a 'weather eye' on the past too, reminding us about the settlement at Catton mentioned in Domesday Book, and the mysterious 'lost manor' that predates the present Hall. 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