Marion Nichols (nee Rigg)


January 1925 above the family butchers shop (Rigg’s) in Rawdon


11th September 2020


Grew up in Rawdon, interviewed at her family home in Rawdon

Date of Interview

May 2019

“I am happy and honoured to give you permission for the photos and interview of my auntie, Marion Nichols (nee Rigg), to be posted on the Back-Chat website.”

Elizabeth Webb (nee Rigg), Marion’s niece.

(4th September 2020)

If you have ever been curious as to what it was like to live in a completely different era just absorb yourself in this chat with Marion Nichols.

Marion is a member of the Rigg family whose butcher’s shops were a regular port of call for many on their way home from work; school or when returning to Aireborough from overseas.

Marion was 93 years old when I interviewed her – a well spoken and charming lady whose recollection of life in the 1930s and 40s was crystal clear and sharp.

In her teenage years it was not uncommon to see busy pavements with groups of young men arguing loudly about that days cricket; lots of people out for a walk; whole families and courting couples.

It’s an easy listening chat and one that will surprise you at every turn.

Marion’s niece Elizabeth Webb sadly contacted me to say that Marion had died peacefully on 11th September 2020 aged 95.

A remarkable woman, it was a pleasure to meet her.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

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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.
Rigg’s Butchers0.30
People Walking05.00 
Courting in Cragg Wood09.29
Business, Rigg’s Butchers10.29
Henry Rigg12.11
Scarlet Fever16.55
Isolation Ward (Menston)18.00
WW2 (Aireborough)22.08
Aireborough Grammar School28.30
Slaughter House (Rawdon)34.33
Otley Market35.05
The Blackout42.00
Roy Nichols Marriage45.44
Holidays, Canada47.40
Trinity Church54.20
Christian Aid55.15


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Carlo Harrison