People's voices

This section contains a collection of interviews with local people about their memories of food in the first half of twentieth century Todmorden. You can learn about farming, allotments, gardens, wild food, markets, shops and home cooking.

These interviews show that necessity truly is the mother of invention. Times were hard and food was often scarce, as many of the interviewees make clear, and this is what drove many inhabitants of Todmorden to take over every patch of land and make thorough use of what little they had. But these interviews show us that former generations have much to teach us about how to use resources creatively and with great ingenuity, how to avoid waste, and also about simple neighbourliness.

To listen to the audio recordings, click on one of the names on the left.

I hope you will enjoy listening to these memories from Todmorden’s past as much as I have.