LANt033 Vera Hammonds
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
In this captivating recording listen to Vera Hammonds as she takes
us back in time to a slower, gentler pace of life. Born in 1916,
Ibstock lass Vera says that "I was born in one war and got
married the first week in the next". Listen as Vera recalls
her earliest memory of walking " .across the field to
the allotment" to take her father's lunch "I had to walk
right down Grange Road, across the fields there, across the Overton
Road to some other fields and these fields were actually off the
Hinkley Road" and recollects "Conkering with the lads",
making daisy chains, walking by the "Battram Plank" and
picking turnips for lunch. At the age of 14 Vera and her friends
would congregate on Ibstock High Street but she remembers that "You
were scuffed out by the sergeant " for hanging around
in doorways! Hear Vera's reminiscences of her courting days " .down
Locker's Lane, then it was called Lovers' Lane cos everybody used
to go round there " and her memories of going "Blackberrying
when the blackberries were out This was either made into blackberry
and apple jam, blackberry and apple pudding, also blackberry vinegar "
and of making Elderberry wine and " dandelion flower wine .used
to have to break the heads off dandelions and take them home"
- despite never having touched a drop in her life! And discover
who the Ibstock 'Ranters' were.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Inyerview Date: 18/04/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Location: Ibstock, Leicestershire,
Date of birth: 28/09/1916
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company