Somerset Voices: Ron How (b.1912)

This recording is part of a series about the Brompton Regis Carriage Works on Exmoor. Brothers Ron and Ern How spent their working lives in the business, continuing after their father and grandfather. Local historian Ann Heeley talked to Ron about the tools he used in the wheelwrights shop. The business began to decline after the Second World War. Ron demonstrated the functions of each tool, before assembling a wheel and describing the various parts. The mechanisation of agriculture in the twentieth century reduced the need for rural craftsmen like wheelwrights and blacksmiths.

Listen to Ron and read the transcript


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