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Audio Archive: Oral History - Playtime in Ewyas Lacy

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Ewyas Lacy




Extracts from a DVD published by the Longtown and District Historical Society in 2007 entitled “In the Shadow of the Black Mountains: Memories of Rural Life in South West Herefordshire”. The audio recordings are reproduced here with their kind permission, after adaptation by the Ewyas Lacy Study Group for website presentation.

The material consists of interviews with local residents designed to record an oral history of the parishes of Ewyas Lacy. The work was carried out by members of the LDHS Oral History Group between 2004 and 2006 as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The memories in this clip relate to the history of children’s’ playtime in Ewyas Lacy. In the days before television and computer games, youngsters had to invent their own amusements. The narrators reflect on some of the ways in which country children filled their play time in the early to mid twentieth century, ranging from pretend rodeos on the farm horses to conker fights.



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