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Wark, Northumberland

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:27

  • Cultures

    English

  • Shelf mark

    C908/41

  • Recording date

    1953/03/21

  • Recording locations

    Wark, Northumberland: OS Grid Reference(386500,577500)

  • Producers

    University of Leeds

  • Recordist

    Ellis, Stanley (male, SED fieldworker)

  • Speakers

    Telfer, Simey (b. 1889, male, shepherd)

  • Description

    Simey recounts the story of a murder of an old shopkeeper in Elsdon 150 years previously and of the subsequent pursuit and eventual hanging of the culprit. At the time of the recording the gallows still stood on the site of the execution. Elsdon is a village some distance northeast of Wark; Billsmoor is the moorland just north of Elsdon; Whitlees the woodland just to the east; The Ray is short for Raylees, a hill just south of Elsdon and Throckley is a village to the west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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