Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Beasley, Mabel, - , Interviewee, Female, Laundry worker
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls unemployment, poverty, in Grassmore, Derbyshire. Explains how found work in Leicester. Talks about childhood in Grassmore, singing at local cenotaph on Remembrance Day, father talking about war experiences only when older. Recalls free meals, events, entertainments at local Mission during 1926 General Strike; clothing, reading. Doesn't remember family showing much affection. Talks about making suspenders in Leicester, then work at 'Kay's Way Pays' grocers, then laundry work. Recalls outbreak of Second World War, learning about dangerous gasses. Mentions death of husband, birth of first baby, air raid shelters, having evacuees from London, black market, propaganda posters, celebrations at end of war. Talks about having widow's state benefit checked by Department of Health and Social Security who once accused her of having a lodger when a friend came for tea.
Place of birth: Grassmore, Derbyshire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Grassmore, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 22/5/1989
Playing time: 1 hr 10 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: LO/545/495
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