Listen to local dialect speech

Click above to listen to an example of dialect speech used in the area where the Coldwell family originated.

A translation:

…….Honley Cricket Club.

One of the characters who came was John Hobson who came with a big basket selling pork pies. They called them Jots’s “penny puzzles”. Puzzle was to find the meat!
One day he sold a pie to a man and was moving on and then this chap called out “Oy Jots’s” – “what?” – “there are two pieces of meat in this pie”. John said there must be one without somewhere!
He had gravy separately in what I call a paraffin can you know with a spout – like that – to pour the gravy out and if you wanted some gravy in he would say “Hold your pie out” and he shoved the top in with his thumb and then poured gravy in and if by any chance there was a lump of gristle had got in “the spout” {loud sound of John blowing through the pipe to clear it}.
With all the rules and regulations we have these days it is amazing we are alive. It is!

Honley Cricket Club Pavillion


Cricket Spectators

The Dialect speech is spoken by a man from Honley, a village close by Holmfirth, which is in the centre of the area where the Coldwell name originated and Coldwell families have lived for many generations until the present day. It is typical of the humour and language which has been spoken probably for several centuries. This example is spoken by Arthur Kinder (1911-1996) and recorded at a meeting of the Honley Civic Society. It is a short extract from a cassette tape published by the Yorkshire Dialect Society and is an amusing story set in the Honley Cricket Club (see image) probably around 1940. I spoke much like this when in 1955 I moved from the Holmfirth area to London to start an electronics apprenticeship with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company. The people I met there thought my accent very strange and made fun of me. To this day I have never completely lost the accent.

Dialect speech is however slowly disappearing possibly due to the increased movement of people in and out of the area, the influence of nationwide broadcasting which tends to cause the spoken language to converge on a “standard English” and the need in many occupations and social circles to speak in a certain acceptable manner. Although it is still possible to hear the dialect spoken in rural areas.


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