An interview with...

Bernard & Margaret Fryer

Retired Woodsman

Date: 1 February 2006
Interviewed by:
Roger Cartwright

Bernard Fryer has lived most of his working life in Silverdale and he and his wife, Margaret, still occupy her former family home. A traditional limestone villa, that was originally built as the police house in the village. Bernard came from a farming family at Coniston. After working on the farm for a short time he was trained by the Forestry Commission at Grizedale, then he joined Thomas Graveson, timber merchants at Carnforth. He left them in 1971 - worked as a nursing orderly at St. John of God Hospital (Hazelwood Hall) until 1986, then worked as school caretaker until his retirement in 1993. He has continued his woodland management interest as a member of the National Trust’s Silverdale Advisory Committee. He is also a long-standing member of the Parish Council and he and his wife are very active in village society.

Bernard was interviewed following an earlier discussion at the Woodland Recollections meeting at Leighton Moss, on the 26th November 2005. Margaret provided tea and back-up on facts and dates.

After the interview a few interesting additional comments were made, including the fact that in their early days in Silverdale Bernard and Margaret used to regularly hear Corncrakes in the hay meadows around the village.

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