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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Celia & Roger Miles
Celia & Roger Miles
An Oral History interview with Celia & Roger Miles
Photograph of Celia & Roger Miles 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 Bagworth and Thornton
Location Bagworth, Leicestershire,
Event Start Date 1939
Event End Date 18/04/2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company
Reference LANt034
Detailed Description Bagworth born Celia and Roger Miles have known each other since childhood. Celia remembers some of the places where she played games as a child such as ?Snobs? and ?Sound your holler? at places like ?Sammy?s Brook? and ?Black Lane? in what she describes as a ?Wonderful? childhood. Hear Roger and Celia talking affectionately about the village they love and about the changes in Bagworth which was once called ?the dying village? ??.it?s a very old village?Saxon?it was so diminished by subsidence ? whole rows of houses were demolished, unfit to live in, too badly damaged. A lot of people who didn?t want to leave had lived [in Bagworth] all their married lives?.A lot of broken hearts?.people really did think?the village was going to die altogether?. Celia and Roger?s son is the fourth generation of the family to farm in Bagworth. Talking about some of the changes in farming Roger, who remembers milking the cow and churning butter by hand, explains that ??One of the biggest differences is the fact that it was so physical. Everything was man-handled you see. Now it?s pretty well mechanised?. In the end, the couple say that they would like their ashes to be scattered in their own fields, a special place for both of them ?Down near a pond, just down here?Somebody?s already had their ashes spread down there?a neighbour?and she loved the walks around here?her husband put a seat there?with a little plaque on it, and scattered her ashes?. 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
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