Clavering listening bench

Site of the bench in Clavering

Listening bench in Clavering

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

The bench features clips from oral history interviews with local residents, describing their memories of the village in the past. The left-hand button features clips about schooling. The right-hand button features clips about shopping. How much has life in the village changed?

Location of the bench in Clavering

The bench sits at Blacksmith’s Corner, at the junction of Pelham Road / High Street and Middle Street, between the village sign and the bus shelter.

The bench was put together by the Clavering Landscape History Group, using interviews with local residents which they recorded as an oral history project. It was installed with support from the parish council.

Audio clips on this bench

Richard Carter describing his primary school days (Button A Clip 1)

Richard Carter remembers attending school in Clavering, including the heating system and egg and spoon races (from SA 62/1/10).

Colin Bazley on schooling (Button A Clip 2)

Colin Bazley also recalls the heating system at school, and play times in the adjoining meadow (from SA 62/1/9/1).

Eileen Summers on the subjects taken at school (Button A Clip 3)

Eileen Summers describes the lessons she took, and the unpleasant job of fraying material ready for stuffing cushions for soldiers (from SA 62/1/45/1).

Audrey Law names some of the former village shops (Button B Clip 1)

Audrey Law on the many shops that used to be in the village and the less hygienic practices in times past (from SA 62/1/23/1).

Malcolm Smither on rationing (Button B Clip 2)

Malcolm Smither gives an insider’s view of rationing, from watching his shopkeeping grandfather manage ration tickets (from SA 62/1/42/1).

Olwen Livings on customer service (Button B Clip 3)

Olwen Livings tells a story about buying elastic from a local shop (from SA 62/1/28/1).

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