Richmond, Susanna (10 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2009-07-28, 2009-07-29, 2009-07-30, 2009-07-31

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Rounton, North Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Richmond, Susanna, 1923- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Westley, Hester (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: [Session Four, 31st July, 2009] [00:49:13] SR reflects upon the fragmented nature of her children’s upbringing; SR’s pride in her children and their values; SR reflects upon how her own priorities were shaped by her upbringing, ‘doing rather than being’ and how this has changed; SR’s role as grandmother. [00:03:29] SR’s friendship and respect for EB. [00:05:08] SR reflects upon her relationship with HWR and how it has evolved. [00:09:09] SR discusses the role of spirituality; HWR’s devotion to public service, empire and religion respectively. Role of religion in SR’s upbringing; EB’s and VB’s involvement with the ‘Oxford Group’; HWR’s stance towards religion; SR describes her generation’s questioning of the certainties inculcated by her parents’ generation. SR’s sense of resolution with such issues. [00:17:25] SR’s sense of place today; the legacy of Rounton Grange; SR describes recent walk around grounds of estate and estate buildings, including the motor house with William de Morgan tiles and stable yard designed by Phillip Webb. SR relates anecdotes about ILB’s coachman/groom, Fred Northgraves; the last connections between villagers and Rounton Grange. [00:28:48] SR briefly describes the expansion of the village, including the church and school by Philip Webb and his successor George Jack. The Bell’s family graves, most notably ILB’s gravestone designed by Philip Webb. SR’s respect for her grandmother, FB and her literary accomplishments. [00:38:00] FB’s musicality, and SR’s memories of music constantly being played in Rounton Grange ‘this whole place seemed to reek of it’. [41:28] SR’s hopes for a new vision or future purpose for property of Rounton Grange. [43:30] SR’s attitude to the recording of her life story; her initial apprehension and reflection upon the value of the experience.

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