Les Langford’s parents were employed by a small firm of willow-growers, Grinter, Jeanes and Parsons of Langport. The firm also made baskets. When the owner of the firm retired his father decided to set up on his own. Even when he worked for others, his father always grew his own small acreage of willows. Les joined him after National Service and describes the various processes involved in willow work.
The following obituary is taken from The Bengal Obituary or A Record to Perpetuate the Memory of Departed Worth, being a compilations of tablets and monumental Inscriptions from various parts of Bengal and Agra Presidencies, to which is added Biographical Sketches and Memoirs of such as have pre-eminently distinguished themselves in the History of British India since the formation of the European Settlement to the Present Time. Published in 1851 by Holmes & Co. of Calcutta and W. Thacker & Co of London & Calcutta.