I thought some may be interested in some written memories of an Aunt of mine that she recorded and left for me.
Perhaps others have writings of their relatives they may like to share?
Aunt Chris was born in 1908, in Delabole a North Cornish village.
Her father, my grandfather, worked as a slate splitter in the Delabole slate quarry, and her mother, suffered from a weak heart. They were members of the Methodist church.
"We were blessed with wonderful parents, and brought up in a god Christian home. Our parents were not wealthy, in fact I suppose we were poor, although as children, we didn't feel poor. We had most of what we wanted, but I suppose we didn't want much. We had what everyone else had, and perhaps more than some of the children whose parents used to drink.
Sundays was a big thing in our house. To start we always had best clothes, that was a big thing. I always wore a big ribbon in my hair and black stockings and dress. I used to always go to Chapel with granny because Dad and my sister were in the choir and Mum often couldn't go because of her heart.
Granny was a very dressy person. Always dressed in black silk with leg of mutton sleeves and hundreds of sequins and tiny black beads embroidered on the bodice. She always wore her gold guard and watch tucked into her waist. I don't remember her in any other dress except her working clothes. They were always a skirt and blouse with a very high neck. She always wore bones in the neck of her blouse or fronts to keep them under the ears and chin. The bones would be just behind the ear so as not to interfere with movementof her head. She always wore a big white apron, and a tower when doing dirty work such as cleaning the old black range or washing floors.
A tower is a waist apron made of hessian "
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