Title:
Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
CLAVERING LANDSCAPE HISTORY GROUP
Level: Series
Oral History Project
Scope and Content:
Interview with Audrey Law about her life in Clavering. Her husband, Sid Law, occasionally contributes throughout the interview.

[00:00:] Her early life: living in Apple Tree Cottage on Stortford Road, Clavering; her siblings; her parents; her father's work for the council and as railway porter at Bishop's Stortford; her father's military service in the Second World War; her mother.
[03:55:] Move to Sheepcote Green; going on bicycle rides with her grandfather; her first job making television valves in Stansted; her marriage to Sid; memories of her father.
[08:55:] Memories of school; education disrupted by glandular fever; headmaster and teachers at upper school; reading as a child.
[12:05:] Taking the bus to work; working hours; her wages; school dinners and milk; learning how to sew from mother; cookery lessons in Saffron Walden; PE lessons and childhood games.
[18:25:] Leisure time spent outdoors in childhood; facilities in upper school and in her house; other subjects learned at school; school assemblies.
[23:45:] Further memories of playing outside in childhood; discipline at school; prizes won at school; school reports; helping to look after her younger siblings; running errands for parents; hobbies.
[30:00:] Memories of Christmas; presents received; food; games played; making decorations [brief interruption in interview].
[32:00:] Illnesses suffered as child, including scarlet fever and going to isolation hospital at St James Hospital; attending Sunday School; singing in church choir; her son ringing church bells.
[37:20:] Move to Deer's Green shortly after her marriage; move to Clavering after her daughter was born; shops in Clavering; receiving deliveries; bakers at Sheepcote Green and in Clavering.
[44:00:] Bus services to Bishop's Stortford; attending socials and film showings at village hall; annual fairs; Bonfire Night at Sheepcote Green; scrumping apples and picking wildflowers; Sunday School outings; Christmas parties; learning flower arranging in her later life.
Dates of Creation:
1 July 2009
Extent:
51 minutes 11 seconds
Creator Name:
Joy Barrow
Admin History:
Audrey (nee Monk) Law was born in Apple Tree Cottage, Stortford Road, in 1934. She had nine siblings. Her mother's ancestors came from Ireland in the nineteenth century. Her father worked as a railway porter at Bishop's Stortford after his military service during the Second World War. The family moved to Sheepcote Green when she was four years old.

After leaving school, Audrey worked for Edison and Swan making television valves in Stansted, until she married Sid Law. They had at least one daughter, Leslie, and one son, Graham. They also lived in Deer's Green, and then moved to Clavering.
Archivist Note:
SJM 25 October 2017
Custodial History:
Numbered CLHG No. 17 by creator
Copyright:
Contact prior to use by profit-making companies for research; for publications other than by ERO; and for broadcasting. Interviewee assigned copyright to CLHG.
Physical Characteristics:
MP3 file created from digital audio CD
Related Unit of Description:
An interview with her husband Sidney Law is recorded as SA 62/1/26/1.
Not Available:
Essex Sound and Video Archive: use digital copy available on Soundcloud

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Education Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Subjects Holidays Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Subjects Shopping Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Personal Names Mrs
Audrey (Monk)
Law
Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Place Names Clavering Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Place Names Clavering, Sheepcote Green Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009
Document Types Sound recording Oral history interview with Audrey Law, 1 July 2009