Title:
Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
SAFFRON WALDEN AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES: INTERVIEWS BY ZOFIA EVERETT
Level: Series
Oral history interviews
Level: File
Mrs Irene Cranwell
Scope and Content:
Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall about her memories of living and working in Chrishall.
(1) Prisoners-of-war at Chrishall Grange; heavy snow in 1947 (4 minutes 17 seconds).
(2) Managing the household - being prepared and planning ahead (1 minute 51 seconds).
(3) Training of teachers; correspondence course (4 minutes 32 seconds).
(4) Electricity supply comes to Chrishall, 1947; paraffin lamps (1 minute 54 seconds).
(5) Changes to the village due to changes in agriculture after the Second World War; combine harversters; stackyards (2 minutes 9 seconds).
(6) Drage and Kent agricultural machinery company; description of ploughing engines; other agricultural equipment made by Drage and Kent; John Kent (6 minutes 31 seconds).
(7) Shops in Chrishall - butcher, baker (1 minute 18 seconds).
(8) Husband's work as a wheelwright and carpenter; confirmation dress; daughter and son (5 minutes 4 seconds).
(9) Husband's family in Chrishall; story of William Cranwell refusing to pay toll at tollgate in Newport; William Cranwell's clarinet at Saffron Walden Museum (5 minutes 45 seconds).
(10) Transport - buses from Chrishall; cycling - first trip to saffron Walden by bicycle (with no brakes); condition of the roads (3 minutes 56 seconds).
(11) History of Chrishall school; husband unable to work due to 'breakdown' in 1954 - Irene went to work at Barkway School, Royston [Hertfordshire]; leaving Barkway school (6 minutes 57 seconds).
(12) Messerschmitt car; story of taking driving test in Cambridge (6 minutes 20 seconds) (listen to clip above).

Dates of Creation:
26 January 1999
Extent:
50 minutes
Creator Name:
Zofia Everett
Admin History:
Mrs Emily Irene Cranwell. Born in Clavering, 12 February 1910. Died in Chrishall, January 2010. Interview recorded at the Essex Record Office Archive Access Point in Saffron Walden.
Archivist Note:
MA, 24 February 2010
System Arrangement:
Items (1) to (9) constitute Side A of Tape 5. Items (10) to (12) form the first part of Side A of Tape 6.
Copyright:
Copyright: ERO
Physical Characteristics:
Copied from two TDK D60 Type I cassettes, Dolby B, stereo
Originals Location:
Essex Sound and Video Archive
Related Unit of Description:
Further interviews with Mrs Cranwell are catalogued as SA 47/1/1/1/1, SA 47/1/1/2/1, SA 47/1/1/3/1 and SA 47/1/1/5/1. Press cuttings relating to Mrs Cranwell's death and funeral are catalogued as SA 47/1/1/6.

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Agriculture Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Subjects Cars Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Subjects Cars Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Subjects Prisoners of war Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Subjects Teachers Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Subjects Transport Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Personal Names Mrs
Emily Irene
Cranwell
Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Place Names Chrishall Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999
Document Types Sound recording Interview with Mrs Irene Cranwell of Chrishall, 1999