David Wood Collection
Speaker: Snow, Annie, 1885 - 1986, Interviewee, Female, Button sewer;
Speaker: Wood, David, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls where she lived as a child in Hinckley and describes the Sunday school and other church services and activities she attended at Holy Trinity Church in Hinckley. Describes her father's work as a shoe maker and repairer. Gives an account of how she became a "half timer" at school at eleven years of age and how she had wanted to become a teacher. Describes her "half time" work sewing on buttons. Describes being a Sunday school teacher and helping with the Boy Scouts. Gives a detailed account of obtaining treatment when she was about ten years of age for her leg damaged by polio. Describes her mother collecting money for the travel expenses to Birmingham to see the specialist, her meeting with the doctor, subsequent treatment and use of a leg iron. Recalls the experience and effects of being bombed during the Second World War. Talks about the inducements given to men to join the army during the First World War and briefly mentions her husband being in the army. Describes the difference in the cost of living by relating what food and household goods she bought for her mother with her first wages. Recalls the arrival of electricity to Hinckley, the changes in transport, the water supply and describes the emptying of soil buckets by the Board men know as the "nine o'clock horses". Recalls the circuses visiting the area and the exceptionally bad winter of 1916. Describes the different games she played as a child.
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicestershire
Education: Trinity Day school; Albert Road Council school; (half timer)
Marital Status: Widowed, Children: Sons: 3 Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Shoe maker
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 22/7/1984
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: D. Wood
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