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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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Noverton Farm There since the Doomsday bookJohn & Lesley Shew1,318 Kb
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Noverton farm. Eleven men and a slave in the Doomsday book
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Kyre Park from the 1930sMaggie Kingston2,568 Kb
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A history of the changes at Kyre Park
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Hanley Childe Church bellEd Yarnold8,642 Kb
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The bell broke and then was stolen
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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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PigsDavid and Ron941 Kb
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Killing and curing pigs An efficient recycling system
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Farm labour changesJohn & Lesley Shew349 Kb
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Farming becoming less labour intensive
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Students on FarmJohn & Lesley Shew400 Kb
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Students as a source of farm labour
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Wartime farming in Stoke BlissGeoff Gwilt6,287 Kb
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Wartime farming in Stoke Bliss and post war exporting world wide
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Wartime evacuee comes back for a visitMaggie Kingston347 Kb
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Wartime evacuee comes back for a visit
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Christmas kissesJohn & Lesley Shew1,086 Kb
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with the postman
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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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Mr Grantfelds wooden legStuart Ward305 Kb
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A broken leg
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Jack HillDan Taylor1,307 Kb
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A break in but they didn\'t find all his money
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Dudley GeorgeDan Taylor1,481 Kb
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Payment in cider proves somewhat inflammatory
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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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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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Showing offStuart Ward767 Kb
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Showing o0ff to a girl friend results in a plance crash
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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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