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Andy Thomson


May 1954, East London (within the sound of Bow Bells).


Grew up in the London Borough Of Waltham Forest and now lives in his families 15th century home in Beauchamp Roding, Essex.

Date of Interview

17th December 2020

“You hardly need to ask permission for all this as I wouldn’t have done it if there was any doubt, so feel free to go ahead.

Andy Thomson (24th January 2021)

Andy Thomson is a man who doesn’t take life too seriously which you will hear as he giggles his way through this conversation.

Andy is a Cockney (just) who ran a successful design business that stopped overnight when Coronavirus struck the nation.

We get some inside knowledge about the perils – financial and otherwise – of owning a 15th century cottage with a thatched roof.

Boyhood Christmases, holidays at Grandma’s in Deal, Kent, motorbikes, and, of course, Brexit, round off this jovial chat.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Being A Cockney
Coronavirus – Government Help
Coronavirus – Christmas
Government & Boris Johnson
Parents – Colin – Ann
Siblings – Steven & Susie
Childhood – Leyton
Thatched Roof
School Days
Christmas & Holidays – Deal, Kent
Married Life – Wife Janet – Ibiza – 2 Children
Working Life – Designer
Motorbike & Sculpting


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects has been a real pleasure, such an interesting and I think worthwhile project for people to listen to both now and in years to come.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Carlo Harrison