LANt034 Celia & Roger Miles
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Bagworth born Celia and Roger Miles have known each other since
childhood. Celia remembers some of the places where she played games
as a child such as "Snobs" and "Sound your holler"
at places like 'Sammy's Brook' and 'Black Lane' in what she describes
as a "Wonderful" childhood. Hear Roger and Celia talking
affectionately about the village they love and about the changes
in Bagworth which was once called 'the dying village' " .it's
a very old village Saxon it was so diminished by subsidence
- whole rows of houses were demolished, unfit to live in, too badly
damaged. A lot of people who didn't want to leave had lived [in
Bagworth] all their married lives .A lot of broken hearts .people
really did think the village was going to die altogether".
Celia and Roger's son is the fourth generation of the family to
farm in Bagworth. Talking about some of the changes in farming Roger,
who remembers milking the cow and churning butter by hand, explains
that " One of the biggest differences is the fact that
it was so physical. Everything was man-handled you see. Now it's
pretty well mechanised". In the end, the couple say that they
would like their ashes to be scattered in their own fields, a special
place for both of them "Down near a pond, just down here Somebody's
already had their ashes spread down there a neighbour and
she loved the walks around here her husband put a seat there with
a little plaque on it, and scattered her ashes".
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 18/04/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish: Bagworth and Thornton
Location: Bagworth, Leicestershire,
Date of birth of Roger Miles: 1939
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company