Remembering Rodborough - Irene Connor - Remembering Rodborough - Irene Connor
Summary of Irene Connor Interview
· Born in Canada Toronto - moved back at end of WW1 dad a carpenter Mr. Davies - bought the plots in Spillmans and built the house now 37 a very Christian carpenter built 39 for daughter and husband hand-built lots of wood in the garden of 37 at end of WW2 Irene in uniform WW2 dad built 37 in the Canadian style dad from Butterow and Mum from Kingscourt met at the Tab
· Dad Mr. Davies 100% Christian carpenter model citizen valued integrity rather than cash died 84 and mum at 91 looked after her parents ideal home for Irene now
· Lyrical description of men going to work in the mornings hooters and boots on cobbles cobbled roads eg RB Hill horses struggling up the hill RB Hill tarmacadamised in the 20s descriptions of horse drawn traffic beer veg bread milk coal fish kids knew all the horses names Tom used to get into trouble putting head over gardens and eating the veg that all people grew women didnt go out to work until later in WW2 most lights out at 10 for most people early start for work
· Childs death when playing on house opposite railings pierced his body when he fell on them other kids paralysed at the site he ran home crying and died
· Half way down Spillmans Pitch Mr Veseys off licence sweetshop too choc drops or liquorice skipping ropes smelling of beer drawn from the cask and into jugs brought by the men
· Very full descriptions of the community spirit but not extended to evacuees etc during WW2 and people drafted into the local factories Irene quite open about the rural antipathy towards foreigners like Brummies and Cockneys
· The Common and the countryside playing all day made the place special knew every nook and cranny town close too all children knew each other that time has gone family walks on the common on Sundays
· Descriptions of the Tabs community spirit - also some chapel-Church stylised and ritualised conflict at procession time at Whitsuntide Treats Mr Daniels factory owner a chapel man lent out his fields
· The workhouse? Captain Forster at the school with his cane Youll end up at the workhouse if you carry on like that Hot summers made loads of dust in the roads and the dust wagons with water would come along summer also saw the fever-wagon come along TB etc
· Descriptions of children playing games through the seasonal changes marbles and conkers and gender!
· The cobblers hut at the end of the alley way going up Spillmans kids would see him cobbling away old man then prob born just before the Crimean War!