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                                      MEMORIES OF MALDON

To capture the memories of Maldon residents for the benefit of future generations the Society has established an oral history archive, "Memories of Maldon", under Wendy Howell's leadership. Copies of our recordings will be deposited with the Essex Record Office to provide material to assist those researching Maldon's history. Extracts from the archive that were first played at the Society's 60th Anniversary Event on 5th October 2017.

JOHN RAVEN  John is the last Maldon sail-maker. He recalls starting at the age of 15, taking over from his grandfather who had made sails for 60 years.

 

 

 

JOHN RAVEN  John talks about his working hours, the types of sail he made and the fabric which was used.

 

  JOHN RAVEN The process of sail-making is described.

HEATHER STEVENS Heather’s father, Reginald Pitt, was the last fisherman of Maldon who made a living from his catch. Heather talks about a war time incident on the Blackwater.

GLORIA ROUSE Gloria speaks about working for Christina Foyle both at the famous London bookshop and at Beeleigh Abbey.

 

 

 

GLORIA ROUSE  Gloria remembers that Christina Foyle was always happy at home at Beeleigh Abbey and had a great sense of humour. She died in 1999 after which her nephew purchased the estate.

 

CHARLIE MIDDLETON  Charlie worked in the Plume Library as a volunteer. He tells the history of Dr Plume, who was a friend of Samuel Pepys, leaving all his books to Maldon on his death in 1704.

CLARK SISTERS Jane and Mollie speak about their father’s job in pre-war years working with horse-drawn barges at Heybridge Basin. Imported timber was carried up to Chelmsford on the canal.

CLARK SISTERS Mr Clark used his barge to go up to the barbers. Barges were also useful for funerals!


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