Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Anderson, Leslie, 1908 - , Interviewee, Male, Transport Manager; Office boy;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about his father and mother, describing his father's work as a quarryman at Cliffe Hill. Recalls leaving grammar school at sixteen years of age to start work as an office boy at Bardon Quarry for the Everard family. Describes his duties in the office and his progression through different jobs in the office to that of transport manager. Describes the people who worked in the office, the Everards and the Everard's chauffeur and gardener. Talks about playing cricket and playing in the North Leicestershire League. Also describes his involvement with the Coalville Male Voice Choir, Church choir and Coalville Operatic Society and meeting his wife through singing. Talks about the railway crossing gates at Bardon, the railway traffic and crossing keeper. Also recalls some accidents at the quarry. Describes the work done by Bernard and Breedon Everard and the difference experienced when the Toms took over the quarry. Describes the view from Bardon Hill and the surrounding countryside. Talks about the quarry blacksmiths, paying the quarrymen and describes stone being blasted.
Place of birth: Markfield, Leicestershire
Education: Markfield Church of England school; Coalville Grammar school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Quarryman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Markfield, Bardon,
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 14/7/1994
Playing time: 1 hr 12 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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