LANt003 Robin Neilson
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
"If someone walks into my office with some crazy idea, my
first reaction is 'Yes', until I can find some reason why not."
Robin Neilson's family have been at Catton since 1405, but Robin
is no stick in the mud traditionalist! Since moving to the sadly
run-down ancestral home of Catton Hall at the age of 9 Robin has
seen a lot of changes. In this recording he tells us about the necessary
economic diversification of the estate that has proved such an exciting
challenge. Detailing some of the changes that have occurred in farming
in recent years Robin tells us how Catton was one of the first National
Forest Tender Schemes, and talks eloquently of future hopes and
plans for Catton Hall. However Robin keeps a 'weather eye' on the
past too, reminding us about the settlement at Catton mentioned
in Domesday Book, and the mysterious 'lost manor' that predates
the present Hall.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 08/02/2005
Landshape Zone: Mease and Sence Lowlands
Location: Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire,
Date of birth: 1947
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.