Castle Hedingham Listening Bench

Essex Sound and Video Archive / Hedingham Heritage Society

St Nicholas Castle Hedingham

Listening bench in St Nicholas churchyard, Castle Hedingham

Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Castle Hedingham, Essex.

Here you can find out more about the clips featured on the bench. The clips currently loaded onto the bench highlight what life was like in the village in the past, and the impact that Hedingham Castle has had on people’s lives.

Location of the bench in Castle Hedingham

The bench is located in St Nicholas churchyard, Falcon Square, near the entrance.

This bench was put together by the Hedingham Heritage Society in collaboration with the Essex Record Office, as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place.

 

Audio clips on this bench

Nellie Plumb tells the story of a fire at Hedingham Castle

Introduction to the bench, followed by a story by Nellie Plumb about a fire at Hedingham Castle in the early twentieth century. Listen to the full interview on Essex Archives Online.

Charlie Bird shares some memories of being a Scout

Charlie Bird describes the Scouting activities he took part in as a boy. Listen to the full interview on Essex Archives Online.

Nellie Plumb describes cooking at Hedingham Castle

Nellie Plumb worked as a cook at Hedingham Castle. Here she describes one of the hazards of the job. Listen to the full interview on Essex Archives Online.

Monica Nash on schooling and village shops

Monica Nash recalls her schooldays in the 1940s. She also describes some of the shops in the village at the time. Listen to the full interview on Essex Archives Online.

Charlie Bird's earliest memories of Castle Hedingham

Charlie Bird talks about the evacuees billeted in Castle Hedingham during the Second World War. Listen to the full recording on Essex Archives Online.

Monica Nash shares more memories of shops in Castle Hedingham

Monica Nash shares more memories about the shops and pubs in Castle Hedingham in the mid-twentieth-century. Listen to the full interview on Essex Archives Online.

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