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1226, CH/139
Community History Collection

Speaker: Rogers, William 'Paddy', 1909 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Stall holder, Market trader
Speaker: , Interviewer,

Summary of interview item: Recounts working with Jack Sills on Leicester Market in 1920s, other traders and their gimmicks. Explains art of salesmanship, tricks of trade. Talks about starting 'Paddy's Swag Stall'. Brief mention of buying stock from Boots of Nottingham to sell cheap. Details of characters such as Kate Flowers, 'Crocus workers', 'Gipsy' Wood. Recalls rents, 'pitching' to crowds, changes with permanent stalls, various anecdotes. Further memories of tricks of trade, characters, Holmes's cafe, different lines sold, 'Poverty Row' area of market, changes, thoughts on future.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 15/6/1998
Playing time: 1 hr 14 mins
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: CHCL
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference: Acc 976 & 1245

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