Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: McKinnon, Joyce, 1920 - , Interviewee, Female, Retail, shop assistant; Land Army;
Speaker: Roberts, T., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes her father's ironmongers business, Leonard Coleman's on Belvior Road, Coalville, which eventually became her and her husband's business. Details the business's growth from opening in 1927 until closing in 1982. Describes the family moving from the shop accommodation to a house in 1937, the hours of work, stock, customers and the staff employed. Recalls the effect of the Nationalisation of mining on the business when the Coal Board bulk bought miners' tools. Mentions seeds for miners' allotments also being sold.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: Ashby de la Zouch Grammar school.
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Father's Occupation: Ironmonger
Mother's Occupation: Ironmonger
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 25/2/1992
Playing time: 13.43
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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