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Welcome to these pages of audio. On them you will find stories from these villages telling of life in days past.

The stories are categorised as "Agriculture", "Village life", "Church", "Local Area", "War time", "finding love" and "local characters" - though of course many of the stories overlap different areas.  Please select the category you are interested in from the drop down list and click the "change" button.

Thanks to Clare Perkins for her work in asking the questions and prompting the answers. 

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100 years of farming at EasthamStuart Ward14,967 Kb
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Stuart reflects on changes in agriculture forgetting the horses at Worcester Hop Fair little sleep during lambing and inadvertently taking the neighbours sheep
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A deterent to Hitler or a pulpit Stuart Ward772 Kb
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How a tree stump was wanted to block an invasion but became a pulpit
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A life in RochfordCliff Johnson15,052 Kb
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Cliff talking about starting school in 1931, meeting the girl who was to become his wife when she was six, playing cricket on the main road
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A light at nightDan Taylor900 Kb
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Before street lights a Rochford resident lit a hurricane lamp each night to keep traveler safe
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A shaft of sunlight on a graveMike and Jean Harrison1,375 Kb
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A shaft of sunlight shows where Jean Harrisons grandfather is buried in Hanley William churchyard
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At the picturesDan Taylor1,960 Kb
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Dan meets a gorgeous girl at the pictures and its the start of a fairy tale
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Bill DipperDan Taylor1,333 Kb
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His life spanned 1878 to 1964 and he was a real country character
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Break up of Kyre Park House and EstateGeoff Gwilt7,813 Kb
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Kyre Park break up of estate after World War 1 and history from 1930s
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Changes in farming over 30 yearsMaggie Kingston254 Kb
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Maggie reflects how what she sees growing in the fields has changed over 30 years
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Childhood on the farmEd Yarnold2,052 Kb
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A very different childhood from today
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Christmas kissesJohn & Lesley Shew1,086 Kb
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with the postman
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Churchwarden but still in the pubEd Yarnold2,847 Kb
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And not always coming back from the pub in the best of moods
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Cutting the fence to rescue sheep from floodsJohn & Lesley Shew1,334 Kb
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Cutting the fence to rescue sheep from floods at Stanford
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Dairy Farming in RochfordDavid Powell607 Kb
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A Rochford farmer reminisces about changes in dairy farming
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Deaths Dingle or De Aths dingleDavid Spilsbury3,000 Kb
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Deaths dingle or DeAths dingle, killed by a wild boar or what
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Diamond wedding in Rochford village hallMike and Jean Harrison1,318 Kb
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A very special community celebration
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Dudley GeorgeDan Taylor1,481 Kb
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Payment in cider proves somewhat inflammatory
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Effect of motor transport on school and farmingDavid Spilsbury436 Kb
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Bus to school and motor transport for farming but walking to church
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