Marjorie Emsley


May 1942 at the Four Gables Maternity Home in Horsforth.


Grew up in Yeadon, interviewed at the family home shared with her sister Judith, which is now in Rawdon.

Date of Interview

Tuesday 28th May 2019

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Marjorie Emsley (31.07.2020)

Marjorie Emsley is the nicest and gentlest woman you could ever wish to meet but don’t be fooled! Marjorie knows full well how to battle to get things done.

When you listen to Marjorie what strikes you is that this is a thinking person – she gets things done not by charging ahead and brushing people out of the way or by wielding the big stick of authority. Marjorie is a thinker and gets the best possible results by looking at all sides and working the problem through – from being a senior person in the Guide Association a job which took her all over the United Kingdom and into Europe, to being a headteacher and a key figure in the Methodist Church.

A skill which astounded me is Marjorie’s brilliant hand bell ringing. When asked, she will say ‘oh it’s just a matter of counting’. Believe me, it’s not!

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.
Four Gables Maternity Home0.06
Guide Association03.22
Trefoil Guild (Guiding) 13.15 
DBS Checks 19.29
Guide Archives, Leeds 22.09
Dorothy Emsley / Manor Mills34.24
South View School36.31
Aireborough Grammar School41.37
Teacher Training45.17
Primrose Hill School, Pudsey47.05
Working Life, Headteacher56.40
Handbell Ringing59.52
Yeadon Methodist Church1.05.15


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.

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