Hechle, Ann (2 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Subjects

    Book arts

  • Recording date

    2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Track 2 [Tape 1 Side B] Mentions on parents’ courtship and marriage in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta. Remarks on mother’s talents as a water colourist. Comments on parents’ difficulties in adjusting to living in England and on their domestic arrangements in India. Description of AH’s ayah, nanny and governess. Remarks on only having snapshot memories of India. Brief description of parents’ and AH’s clothing. Mentions attending a day school. Description of AH’s older sister Jill. Remarks on England being referred to as ‘home’ while in India. Further description of AH’s voyage to back to England. Description of grandmother’s home and the dilapidation of Honingham Hall, an Elizabethan House. Remarks on mother suffering from her parent’s divorce and its impact on her life. Comments on AH’s good relationship with grandmother. Remarks on grandmother’s good relationship with LA’s family, and mother’s inheritance of LA’s estate. Mentions AH’s toys as a child. Remarks on mother not realising how strict AH’s governess was. Story about mother not knowing how to cook a chicken. Mentions going to boarding school aged 8.

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    Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher

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