Northern English speech online

This is brilliant: a historical archive of interviews between ropemakers, dry stone wall-builders, football fans, pig slaughterers and some folk from London with very strange accents indeed. Via the Telegraph, which also includes a good interview with the curator. There’s some gorgeous stuff in the other collections, including this 1890 Bovril ad. It seems that John Lawson Johnson, the inventor, was then trading from 30 Farringdon, now occupied by a bunch of heartless lawyers as well as the intriguing Gold Mines of Algeria.

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