Oral Histories of Effingham

Much valuable history of our parish exists only in the memories of those who have lived here, and as time passes it becomes ever more important to secure those memories for posterity. To this end, Effingham Local History Group is producing a series of Oral Histories, that is, recordings of people's narratives and experiences.

Each recording is held on suitable media in the Group's archives in the Parish Room together with a printed transcription of it. The transcription is, by definition, a faithful representation in text of what is on the recording and, ideally, should be read while listening to it.

For the sake of economy it is sometimes appropriate to present on the web only an abridged version of a transcription. In the material below we take care to distinguish between transcriptions and abridgements.


"Old Effingham remembered" : by Laura Annie (née Cox) Essam

"Growing up near Effingham Common" : by Doreen E. (née) Hemus

"Life in Railway Cottages, Effingham Junction" : by Michael S. Waller

"Memories of Effingham Common" : by Charles Edward W. Crouch MBE and Jessica E. (née Harrold) Page

"Hooke Farm and Effingham Common" : by Ivor Gillespie

"My Life in Effingham" : by Winifred Annie (née Stovell) Hall

"Effingham before the War" : by Anne Patricia (née) Read

"Pre-War Effingham" : by Margaret Mary (née Nicholls) Biles


In addition to the above you may also enjoy these external oral or written histories:

"Living in Effingham Junction - 1936 to 1958" : by Angela Haddrill

"Our Memories of Woodlands Road" : by Ron Dobbs and Derek Ruffles

"Parkside Memories" : by Christopher Hugh Bohling

"Wartime Memories" : by Josephine R. (née Kingham) West

"Life in Wartime Effingham" : by Margaret Mitchell