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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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Rochford Churchyard and ChurchDan Taylor8,455 Kb
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Stories about looking after the churchyard and why the door curtain and the wiondow on the north wall matter
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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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Mixed farming at RochfordDan Taylor6,135 Kb
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All kinds of now rare breeds on this farm bee keeping a dead donkey and visitors from Birmingham
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Tales round the kitchen table - bantam cockerels chicks baled shoes and movementRoger and Jane Delahay9,213 Kb
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Roger and Jane talk about impossible bantam cockerels, a yard over run by chicks, baled shoes and movement licenses
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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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Peter Sparey and John Lane reminicsePeter Sparey and John Lane11,827 Kb
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Peter started farming aged 15. He talks about war years, working with horses, killing pigs. John reflects on the agricultural supplies store in 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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