Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Webster, Joe, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, machine driver;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes his family and family life. Mentions his father being unable to go back to mining after being gassed in the First World War. Recalls starting work at thirteen for Lady Beaumont doing odd jobs before moving to Coleorton colliery at thirteen and a half. Describes the work he did driving machinery, then road work and lists the mines he worked at. Describes herringbone roof supports and being on strike in the 1920s. Recalls various accidents and a bombing raid. Speaks about the Bevin Boys who worked in the mines during the Second World War. Talks about spending leisure time gardening and entering produce at the Coleorton Show. Mentions being brought up a Baptist. Describes building his own house and what Loughborough Road in Thringstone used to be like. Describes problems of water in the mines, his contact with mine owners and managers. Also comments on pit closures.
Place of birth: Coleorton, Leicestershire
Education: Coleorton school; Swanington school; Griffdam school.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coleorton
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s,
Recording Date: 16/10/1991
Playing time: 47 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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