Francis Harris talks about the Everard family's influence over village life in Bardon during the 1920s.
East Midlands Oral History Archive
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Bernard Everard he was, what we say, the managing director of the quarry…you could almost say he was the squire of the village. He controlled what people did in the village because a large percentage of the people worked at the quarry, and the wives– they had a great amount of domestic help in those days- and they worked in the house, it was a very big house. Bernard Everard was at one time High Sheriff, he involved himself in the church very much, he had a great say in the church, and they also built the church, built Bardon church, the Everards, and built the vicarage. Mrs Everard was very much involved in hunting and involved herself in a lot of charitable things. She was very keenly interested in the Women’s Institute and also the Nursing Association, this was of course when the district nurse was engaged in the village…and Mrs Everard did a lot of charitable work associated with the Nursing Association by buying houses, and made a lot of money available to further this.