LANt016 Cath Coleman
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Young-at-heart Cath Coleman moved from Edingale to Catton Hall
at the age of 14 where she worked as a housemaid for 36 years. Listen
to Cath's fascinating story of life 'in service' as she remembers
living in servants' quarters at the "top o' the 'all, top of
the 'ouse" and warmly recalls other members of staff such as
Nellie who was the " lady's maid as well as 'ead 'ousemaid".
Hear Cath's story unfold as she tells us of Christmases past, "There'd
be the farm workers, the game staff, the chauffeurs, the gardeners,
highest staff all come together Christmas and 'ave a party and whist
drive and you'd 'ave a Christmas present give you. It'd be
a Christmas tree with the presents around". Listen to her
memories of spring cleaning at Catton Hall which she describes as
a "big job you could be three days on one room".
Finally, Cath talks of her lifelong love for Catton, listing some
of the friends and colleagues who have happily stayed. As she says
" we've all stayed 'ere. Just 'cause we've liked bein'
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Date of interview: 02/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Mease and Sence Lowlands
Location: Catton, Derbyshire,
Date of birth:17/11/1935
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.