Early Life Boldventure Farm Coal Yard
War Time Party Field Things I Miss


Village life is constantly changing as one generation is succeeded by the next. It is through the memories of older residents that we can visualise how childhood was enjoyed and everyday life was lived in past years and appreciate how the village has changed over the years to become the one we know today.

Some of the older residents of Yealmpton have talked of the village in their early years and their recollections are presented in these recordings

They bring back happy, and no doubt sometimes nostalgic, stories of days gone by. To listeners they should add life to the images of Yealmpton otherwise only seen in old photographs and perhaps give the opportunity to reflect on how life can be enjoyed in a simpler way than it is today.

We thank all those who agreed to take part in this project by being interviewed and describing how different life used to be in Yealmpton often only a few years ago.

The recordings were made as part of the ‘Then and now’ project of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, commemorating the fifty years since its designation.

The interviews were undertaken by members by members of Yealmpton and Brixton WI, Hazel Brown, Juliet Lowe, Eileen Chant, Liz Disdale. The team for the overall project comprised Tim Stone, Richard Davies, Sheila Barton, & Chris Burtt. The project was inspired by members of the ANOB, namely and Liz Davey and Sarah Scaife, and we particularly thank them for their help and support.

Our first recording is that of Edna Cawse, who was lived as a child with her parents at Boldventure Farm and is interviewed here by Juliette Lowe.