Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Stewart, Robert, 1921 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner; Royal Air Force, policeman.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls meeting his wife, whilst serving as a policeman in the Royal Air Force. After marriage went to wife's home town of Ashby de la Zouch in 1947. Describes working at New Lount colliery on contract work. Explains this system of work. Talks about the difference in accent between himself and the local people and the influx of Scottish and 'Geordie' miners in the 1960s. Describes in detail wages and working conditions in mining including accidents, first aid facilities, baths, types of coal and some of the machinery used. Talks about his own health and his family. Says his father tried to dissuade him from mining. Mentions what he did for recreation, gardening, dog walking and singing, also comments on the public houses being full in Ashby.
Place of birth: Hamilton, Scotland
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 3 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ashby de la Zouch
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 17/10/1991
Playing time: 27 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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