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1358, CH/189/HS
Community History Collection

Speaker: Smith, Robert, - 0, Interviewee, Male, Businessman
Speaker: Mills, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Gives family history behind Smith's menswear business of Leicester, which started on High Street in 1886. Outlines reasons for moving from High Street in 1960s, describes school outfitting side of business, mentions introduction of fully lined blazers. Describes departments in shop, Christmas decorations, effect on High Street of closure of Great Central Railway (GCR). Names other shops etc. on and around High Street, mentions Lewis's as being main rivals. Mentions wife's family running Perry's on Thornton Lane. Talks generally about architecture and buildings being pulled down in Leicester. Part of a series of interviews about the High Street.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Businessman
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Language: English

Recording Date: 28/4/1997
Playing time: 51 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: CHCL
Summary: No
Transcription: Yes
Copies: Yes
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