Listening bench in Saffron Walden
Essex Record Office
Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Saffron Walden, Essex.
Here you can find out more about the clips featured on the bench. There is also information about the Saffron Walden Initiative, which put the clips together.
The clips currently loaded onto the bench describe what life was like on Castle Street, and past landmarks of the town that have since disappeared.
Location of the bench in Saffron Walden
The bench is located near the main entrance to Saffron Walden Museum.
QR Code generously provided by Visualead.
Audio clips on this bench
Growing up on Castle Street (Button 1)
Introduction to the bench and memories of growing up and playing on Castle Street; gas lighting; neighbourly atmosphere; and experiences at school. Features Peter Riding, Janet Bright, Maggie Gypps, Kenneth Osborne, Christopher Pledger, and Ron Butcher.
Sunday School outings and Sillett's bakery (Button 1)
Memories of Sunday School outings; Sillett’s bakery; shooting rooks; and homemade wine. Features Maggie Gypps, Christopher Pledger, Ron Butcher, William Clark, and Ron Butcher.
Castle Street's rough reputation (Button 1)
Fights and the rougher side of Castle Street; the layout of houses in the street. Features Albert Bacon, Christopher Pledger, and Ron Butcher.
The Corn Exchange (Button 2)
Description of trading at the Corn Exchange; Market Street. Features Peter Riding, Bruce Munro, and Maggie Gypps.
Market days and cattle market (Button 2)
Memories of livestock sales at the cattle market. Features Bruce Munro and Janet Bright.
The Rose and Crown pub and the old swimming pool (Button 2)
Memories of the Rose and Crown pub and the old swimming pool. Features Bruce Munro and Janet Bright.