Mr and Mrs Milton farmed from the 1930s through to the 1950s in the village of Stogumber, near Taunton. Like many farmers before the war they made cider on the farm, and agricultural workers would take the cider with them into the fields. This recording was made by Phillipa Legg in conjunction with her book ‘Cider-Making in Somerset’
Phyllis Jones was born in 1918 and raised on a farm in Burrowbridge, a village on the Somerset levels situated between Glastonbury and Taunton. Burrowbridge is situated on the banks of the River Parrett and Phyllis remembers eating salmon caught from the river, as well as elvers [young eels], which were cooked in a pan with eggs. In this clip Phyllis discusses food, and the significance of funerals in village life.
A Copy of the Registers of the Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials at the Church of St. George, in the Parish of Wilton, Adjoining Taunton in the County of Somerset from 1558 to 1837. Transcribed from the Originals by Joseph Houghton Spencer and published in 1890. The Registers were digitized by Google in 2008.
Charles Day became a butcher in 1926 when his father died. Charles and his mother ran the butchers in the village of Trull near Taunton. He began work at six o’clock in the morning and four o’clock in the summer, finishing at eight o’clock in the evening. He retired in 1971.
After leaving school in the late 1930s, Gladys Cunneber of Taunton completed a course in housecraft at the Battersea Polytechnic, London. She returned to Taunton and subsequently worked for the electricity department as a demonstrator of electric cookers, which were then comparatively new. Later she joined the Ministry of Agriculture in the Rural Domestic Economy Department and gave cookery demonstrations to a variety of organisations across Somerset.
Robert Chambers, owner of Millichamp and Hall, cricket bat makers, describes how a cricket bat is made. The company was started in 1987 and run from a garage in Crewkerne. Now they are based at the county ground in Taunton. Robert took over the company when he was just twenty years old in 2000. He was the sole director and owner of the company when this recording was made in 2002.