Some of you may not know that my husband, Mark, is an Anthropologist with a Linguistic specialization. He found this website that has many old recordings of accents from England. He found one from the small town of Gooderstone Norfolk where his grandfather was from.
I searched for Manchester where the Riley family was from. This recording was made in 1918 at German POW camp. Here are the notes about the recording:
Speaker's note: Aged 34 from Manchester, England. Born 23 September 1883 in Manchester. Lived in Manchester until the war, in POW camp since the age of 20. Educated at a public school in Manchester. Both parents from Manchester. Can read and write in English. Religion: protestant. Occupation: fisherman. Item note: Joseph reads the Parable of the Prodigal Son (taken from Luke chapter XV, verse 11-32).
Click on this link and once you are at the page, you can click on the PLAY this recording using your usual media player. Remember, this is very OLD recording and isn't very clear. If you have trouble hearing it, make sure your speakers are all the way up.