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Himley, Staffordshire

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  • Recording locations

    Himley, Staffordshire: OS Grid Reference(387500,291500)

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    University of Leeds

  • Recordist

    Ellis, Stanley (b.1926

  • Speakers

    Brooke, G. (b.1888, male, market gardener)

  • Description

    Mr Brooke talks about his wages as a young farm labourer and then goes on to tell an anecdote about Gibbet Wood where the last local hanging was supposed to have taken place and briefly mentions mowing barley and drinking beer. The original recording appears to have been paused on two occasions and stops before the tale is complete. Woodbine is the name of a popular brand of cheap cigarettes. Gibbet Wood refers to the woods near Kinver, a town to the southwest of Himley. The Stew Pony refers to a recently demolished public house in Stourton, near Gibbet Wood.

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