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Old 12-03-2020, 12:57 PM
colesadam colesadam is offline
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Default Memories of a Mr Darling of Eastfield Hall and Warkworth

Hi, I came across this transcript of an interview with a Mr Darling (I think Arthur Darling) who was a farm worker and coachman at the beginning of the 20th Century. I think it comes from some academic work done in the 1970s or 1980s but I couldn't find the original piece (the document I found was in a format called XML) but I've managed to clean it up. Not sure if anyone knows the family but I think it's a really interesting snapshot of life in the area at the time. It's too big to upload so I've shared a link
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Old 15-03-2020, 04:04 PM
Alan J. Alan J. is offline
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Default Darling interview

Have read this and find it most interesting, my mother went into service at Eastfield Hall at the age of 16 in the mid 1920's and the trimming of the oil lamps etc mentioned brought back some of her stories. Apparently they were bad people to work for and she didn't stay there long before moving on. They got something like a half day per fortnight off and it was time consuming of that half day for her to get home even to somewhere as near as Radcliffe.
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Old 24-03-2020, 11:20 AM
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Very interesting.I think the person in the interview is James Darling.dob 24.9.89 at New Barnes Farm .My late grandfather's eldest brother.He was Head Gardner at Eastfield at the outbreak of the second war.His wife was Emma Darling and they lived at the lodge.

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Old 24-03-2020, 04:02 PM
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Lovely story. My mother's family all lived in Warkworth. The birthday tea made me smile. My mother did the girdle scone thing, split in half, buttered and a penny wrapped in greaseproof paper put inside!
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