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The National Forest’s LANDshapes project interview with Glenna Newbold

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LANt035 Glenna Newbold
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary

Did you know that New York and California are closer than you think? Melbourne songbird Glenna Newbold explains "Everybody calls it New York and you don't question it". Hear Glenna recall her memories of Melbourne during the war, what it was like having to take her gas mask to school and the time that bombs were dropped on Melbourne. Join Glenna as she remembers long country walks with her family to places such as Robin's Wood and hear about the winter of 1947 "…terrible snows, dreadful travelling conditions. I would sometimes get home at quarter to nine at night, having finished work about quarter past five". Learn about the Melbourne Opera Company and listen as Glenna discusses Melbourne's history of market gardening "...at one time there were between eighty and a hundred market gardeners in Melbourne… There are three now. …It would be in the… 1950s… that the decline started and some of those market gardeners had been going for about a hundred years". Describing changes she's witnessed in the area over the years Glenna says "I think the major changes have been the amount of land that used to be market gardening land, the demise of the market gardeners and then that land developed…. Lots of development in Melbourne, which I know people need houses, but it was sad to see those fields go". Discover why you can't go round Sir Henry's Lane anymore… and what are Snobs?

Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 20/04/2005
Landshape Zone: Melbourne Parklands
Parish: Melbourne
Location: Melbourne, Derbyshire,
Date of birth: 06/04/1930
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.
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