I am very pleased to say that the West Yorkshire Archive service have accepted the Back-Chat Collection interviews into their permanent archives thus ensuring their accessibility to the public for many generations to come.

You can hear this interview by simply clicking the West Yorkshire Archive Link where you will find all of the Back-Chat Collection interviews listed in alphabetical order along with captioned photographs.

If you would like to contact The Back-Chat Collection please do email me at carloharrison1947@gmail.com.

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David Nunns


August 1953, Horsforth


Has lived in Yeadon and Hawksworth and now lives in Ben Rhydding

Date of Interview

31st January 2020

“No problem in publishing the interview it makes for a  good comprehensive history of our town.

I have been following the interviews with interest “

David Nunns (21st July 2021)

So many people have said what a shame it was to demolish the old South View School ‘a fine Victorian building’. Well, here we have David Nunns to tell us why he knocked down the school 40 years after being a pupil there. 
He was also responsible for the part demolition and refurbishment of Rawdon Littlemoor School and St Margaret’s in Horsforth.
Of course there are very good reasons why our beloved South View ended up as a pile of rubble, and listening to David, it all makes sense.
The interview is not all about demolishing schools so have a listen. 

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

HTML5 Audio Player

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.
South View School Demolition
Rawdon Littlemoor School
St Margaret’s School Horsforth
Family Life – Horsforth
Kirkstall Forge
Married life
Wedding – St Joseph’s, Cragg Wood, Rawdon
Global Warming
Early Life – Yeadon
South View & Benton Park School
Working Life – Joiner – Carpenter – Teaching
House Building
Classic Cars – Holidays – Walking
Royal Family


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