James Orpin

Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 and Orpin, James (2016) James Orpin. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

James Anthony Orpin was born in a tent at Crump Meadow "Gypsy" camp, Cinderford in March 1948. His father, Wilfred, worked at various collieries, and at the tar depot at Steam Mills. James’ mother, Jessie Greenhouse, had grown up travelling with her father and then in the Gypsy community, her father being a travelling showman. James grew up at Crump Meadow and attended Bilson School, then Double View School. In his interview James talks about growing at Crump Meadow and about the relationship between that community and the rest of the town. He describes how his family moved into a near-by house in 1959, and later to a house in Green Bottom leading to James attending Abenhall School. James describes his jobs and the work he did in various saw mills in the Forest, and his time spent working at Zeals the Newnham thermometer maker. James also touches on the death of his sister in a car accident, and the strange circumstances surrounding his uncle’s death at Waterloo Colliery. The interview is part of the Forest of Dean occupational histories project, Voices from the Forest, part of the Foresters' Forest Landscape Partnership Programme.

Item Type: Audio
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roma; Gypsy; Travellers; Crump Meadow; Cinderford; Forest of Dean; Sawmills; School
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 13:57
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 13:57
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8502

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