LANt010 Marjorie Calow
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
"So he didn't have a stock of coffins?" Listen, as Marjorie
Calow talks about her childhood in Melbourne and her father's "sideline"
as an undertaker. Recalling Mrs Barton "who lived just up the
road" and "used to do the laying out" Marjorie's
description of life in Melbourne before the Second World War might
shock some younger listeners - the 'familiarity' with death that
used to be the norm has all but disappeared today. But it's not
at all morbid, far from it! Marjorie fondly recollects how her father
had to check that the Vicar had 'remembered' that there was a funeral
booked! Thoughts of long summer days will be evoked by Marjorie's
memories of Melbourne strawberries, childhood walks to places such
as Robin Wood and Seven Spouts Farm, and new walks along some of
The National Forest's dedicated footpaths.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 23/02/2005
Landshape Zone: Melbourne Parklands
Location: Melbourne, Derbyshire,
Date of birth: 1932
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.