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Document Details


Title: Tom Richards
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Somerset Record Office. Somerset Archive and Record Service.
Collection: Exmoor Oral History Archive Collection
Description: Tom Richards is a modest man. He didn't speak until he was seven. His mother died when he was three. His father was a Lynmouth boatman and shipping agent for P & A Campbell, who ran paddle steamers. Of an evening the children would lie on the floor, imagining pictures in the firelight, while he told them stories about the overland launch of the lifeboat, when he'd been second coxswain. In the daytime they'd tout for custom among the visitors to fill the guest houses, their father's among them.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Richards, Tom, 1915-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1915
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Café owner; Shipyard employee; Transportation worker
Age at speaking: 86
Document date: 2001
Locations discussed: England; Europe; Somerset, England; United Kingdom
Topics discussed - ASP terms: England; Europe; Exmoor (England)--Biography; Exmoor (England)--History; Moors (Wetlands)--England; Oral history; Somerset, England; United Kingdom
ASP release: 2006-01
Document code: OHI0033917-37209