Oral History Project

The Calver Weir Restoration Project has been researching the legacy of the weir and mill through an oral history project. The local community have been involved and many people associated with the mill have been interviewed. Click on the pictures below to find out more about the interviewees and listen to the interviews
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Interview 4 - Julia Beswick
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Julia Beswick lives in Calver and gives a brief introduction to the history of the mill owners and its changes of use – from cotton to stainless steel via the making of glace cherries from turnips! Julia also discusses the sale of the mill estate and how many of Calver’s older houses were transferred from the mill into private ownership. Julia includes mention of the sale of the Shuttle House and the collapse of the weir in 1848.
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