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1494, TA/11
Talking About Technology

Speaker: Egglestone, Gerald, 1924 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer;
Speaker: Featherstone, M., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Gives details of birth, moving to Sysonby Lodge farm and schooling up to leaving at age 14. Recalls work on farm from age 10, milking cows and helping when father was ill. Describes farm, dairy and poultry, also sheep and horses. Details types of cows and going to Melton market on Tuesdays. Recalls Second World War campaign for ploughing and arrival of first Fordson tractor. Gives details of changes in milking and who bought the milk produced. Gives details of milking and herd size and how it increased over the years with new facilities. Details the labour employed and how this changes. Describes the effect of modernization and mechanization on farming. Describes facilities of farm house when he was a boy no electricity or water. Recalls Foot and Mouth outbreak in 1950s.
Place of birth: Long Clawston, Leicestershire
Education: Normaton Street Infants school; Ashfordby Road Junior school; Melton Secondary school for Boys;
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place:
Periods Covered: 1930s,1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s,
Language: English

Recording Date:
Playing time:
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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