Alice Maunders, Audio Clip

Alice Maunders
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Alice Maunders (AM) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this segment Alice describes leaving Newcastle and her first glimpse of Settle in 1927.


AM: …the 14th January, I can remember it as plain as the day.  And I had my clothes down to my ankles to make me look a little bit older, and I had a huge trunk with, you know, those roll tops?  You’d have thought I was emigrating to America.

WRM: [Laughs]

AM: Probably Mother had aprons, all my uniform, black stockings, mending tape and everything that a girl could want... writing paper and envelopes so that I would write back, and stamps so that I could write home and tell them how I was going on or if I wanted to go back.  But this lady was standing on the platform at Settle station and she came up to me and she says, “Are you Alice?”  I said,  “Yes, I am.”  She said,  “Oh, aren’t you tiny?”  Which I would look tiny, in those days, wouldn’t I, and I was young and slim.  And they got me box out of the guard’s van and they carried it to this trap.  Well, it nearly filled the trap!  There was only room for Mrs McEvoy and me to squeeze in, and I remember going up Stackhouse Lane with this horse clopping all the way and I thought, “Oh, what a long way from Settle.”  And I didn’t even see Settle ’til me first day off an’ I remember... do you remember Billy Armistead?

WRM: Yes.

AM: He married the younger nurse there, which was Betsy, and she was the children’s under nurse and she brought me into Settle.