Speaker: Hollis, Eric, 1927 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Butcher (retired)
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes business as butcher on New Bridge Street, Leicester from 1949. Mentions hours, clientele, buying at Rugby market, prices. Recalls compulsory purchase of business by council when Leicester Royal Infirmary expanded, working from portacabin for 8 years, few other shopkeepers staying, structural problems with new shops. Reflects on changes in the trade by the 1970s, such as pre-packed food. Anecdote of theft from shop when thief ate evidence. Talks further about decline in trade levels, local customers and characters. Mentions small cottages in Garton Terrace. Talks about local cattle market, slaughterhouses. Briefly gives opinion on City Challenge scheme, changes in area.
Place of birth: Belgrave, Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Haulage contractor
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Recording Date: 18/10/1994
Playing time: 1hr 10 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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