Richard Quarterman was born in Stourport and has spent almost all his life living in Great Witley. He attended Great Witley School before moving to Stourport School.
Richard’s interview provides an insight to his varied working life in the road transport industry with his families firm Quartermans Transport. Quartermans specialised in agricultural, general and in more recent times steel haulage.
A long time member of both Great Witley Working Mens Club and the Bowling Club, Richard recalls the social importance of the clubs to Great Witley of fifty years or so ago.
A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast Richard has been a regular competitor at Redmarley Hill Climb since 1959.
Richard’s description of riding at the original Redmarley Hill Climb gives us a unique competitor’s insight as to ‘how it was done’ and to the impact the annual event had and still has on the village.
Richards recording: Quarterman_Richard_20141025_1_2_A (20 mins 12 secs)
|00.15||Born Stourport early memories of living in GW||1940s|
|00.35||Memories of GW School||1940/50s|
|01.38||Memories of Redmarley Hillclimb||1960s|
|02.07||Riding up Redmarley. Describing the ride up the original track at Redmarley||1960s|
|03.50||Well known rides who competed at Redmarley||1960s|
|06.10||Coaches bringing spectators to Redmarley||1950s|
|07.17||Working in the family haulage business||1960s|
|08.58||General haulage from Avonmouth Docks||1960/70s|
|09.26||Diversification into steel haulage||1980s|
|10.19||Hauling bagged animal feed.||1960s|
|10.40||Being agents for the United Sack Company and distributing to local farms||1960/70s|
|11.27||Quartermans as Coal merchants||1960-2005|
|12.45||Retiring from road haulage||2001|
|13.08||Memories of Great Witley Working Mens Club and Lord Ednam air rifle league||1950/60s|
|16.20||Bowling Club at the Hundred House||1950/60s|
|17.27||Meeting his future wife Jackie|
|18.50||The last Redmarley on the original hill in 1972. Bert Perigo and Mick Bowers||1972|