Winslow Oral History Project

Listen to a selection of clips from our recent interviews:

1. Terry Foley is Clerk for The Winslow Charities. Here he talks about another charity, The Rogers Free School Foundation, and how the funds are used now: (03:16) sound icon (See also: Will of Joseph Rogers, 1722)

Rogers School building

2. Rhonie Monk came to Winslow as a landgirl during the Second World War and here describes her first impressions: (04:14) sound icon

Land Army poster

3. Bob Dickins reminiscing about the Italian prisoners of war working at Hanover Farm where he was brought up: (02:50) sound icon

Hanover Farm from the air
4. Margaret Lowrey (nee MacKenzie; formerly of Northolme, Station Road) was a well known rally driver in the 1960s. Margaret and Joe, her husband and formerly Technical Editor of The Motor, moved to Winslow when they got married. The picture is of Margaret in the 1968 Monte Carlo Rally. In this audio clip Margaret refers to sustaining a serious injury while rallying on her honeymoon in Nasau: (03:53) sound icon
Margaret Lowrey with a rally car
5. Sue Sellar talking about Cantell’s grocery shop: (03:29) sound icon
Cantell's grocers
6. Di Kemp (nee Illing) recalling Winslow Congregational Church during the 2nd World War: (03:13) sound icon
Tower of the Congregational Church
7. Jean Dale the photographer remembering Sir Edward and Lady Tomkins of Winslow Hall and their royal visitors (In this clip Jean refers to her husband who was a Lay Reader at Winslow Church and assisted the Vicar at the communion service): (03:37) sound icon
Winslow Hall

8. Ray Phillips talking about his childhood in Winslow, his grandfather who was a postman, and his father who worked at Rands Farm.

9. Mavis Dyson (nee Byford) remembers the night of the bomber crash in 1943 when she visited her grandmother who lived near to the crash site: (05:13) sound icon
Ernie Byford at the crash site
10. Dorothy Harris (nee Price) was born in Winslow in 1929 and lived here as a child. She talks about the games she and her friends played as children in the 1930s: (03:14) sound icon
Skipping rope
11. Vera Bennett, aged 91, recalls working at Winslow Hospital during the war. She continued to work there until it closed and then went, with many of the patients from Winslow, to the Manor House hospital in Aylesbury (04:06) sound icon
Winslow Hospital
12. John Grace was the Police Officer in Winslow during the 1980s and 90s. Here he tells an amusing story about an unusual professional visit to Winslow Secondary School in the 1980s. (02:20) sound icon
Winslow Secondary School, now the Winslow Centre

13. Bill Tofield has been living in the same house in Winslow for 66 years. Bill talks about his primary education at the old school in Sheep Street in the early 1950s. (02:21) sound icon

Winslow Primary School
14. John Elvin has been a member of OBRAC (Oxon and Bucks Rail Action Committee) since the 1980s. Here he discusses his involvement with the pressure group and anticipates the recent decision to re-open the line. He also talks about some of the special trains through Winslow since the line closed. (03:56) sound icon
Winslow station after closure
15. George Langley lived at his aunt's house on the High Street towards the end of the 2nd World War. Sometimes he and his cousins were not as well behaved as they should have been. (02:07) sound icon
High Street showing where George lived
16. Brian Spatcher worked at Winslow Post Office for over 30 years. Here he talks about Post Office work in the 1960s. (04:00) sound icon
Post Office

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Copyright 9 August, 2015