Interview with Cecil and George Osborne
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
Scope and Content:
Title: Cecil and George Osborne, Cocklemen
Speaker(s): Osborne, Cecil; Osborne, George; Haley, Edward
Date of recording: 2/10/79
Addl. documentation: Photograph and newspaper cutting
Length of tape: 60 mins
Depositor: Haley, Edward
Restrictions: copyright Edward Haley
Synopsis of tape: Cecil and George 'Pie' Osborne, born 1900 and 1914 respectively, in old Leigh; length of working life on cockle boats, health, diet; methods of cockling; shrimping at Harwich; effects of pollution; stories about fishing off Maplin Sands; 1906 tyhoid outbreak - water supply; tradesmen calling at houses; 'sawney' - dialect word for simple; earnings; transport to Billingsgate; enjoyment of work, memories of cold and wind; whitebait fishing in 1930s; stability of prices; cockling in World War 2 - working in daylight, mines; healthy life; dialect words and local accent; working in the dark; navigation.
Dates of Creation:
Creator Name:
Haley, Edward
Custodial History:
Ted Haley Accession Number A0024
Related Unit of Description:
Photographs of Cecil Osborne catalogued as SA 20/1557/4

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Fishing Cecil and George Osborne, Cocklemen, 1979
Document Types Sound recording Cecil and George Osborne, Cocklemen, 1979