Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1908 - , Interviewee, Male, Engineer
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Briefly recalls childhood in mixed Catholic/Protestant village near Belfast, Northern Ireland, parents being Catholic/Protestant; comments that arrival of tram system may have brought in outsiders who changed atmosphere. Briefly mentions family move to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, then bringing own family to Leicester in 1959. Notes that people don't chat after church as they used to; mentions missing Irish community, gives example of insulting comment about Irish. States that worked in Leicester at Carlton Hayes as engineer, travelled around country, worked for Leicester City Engineering. Reflects on recent visit to home village in Ireland where community now split in two, uncle driven from home, people not talking.
Place of birth: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Plasterer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 23/3/1989
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
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