David Wood Collection
Speaker: Mayne, John, - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer.
Speaker: Wood, David, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes the Hinckley Horse Fair, held on 25th August each year and its location between Station Road and George Street. Also mentions the Boot public house and the funfair that came with the Horse Fair. Recalls the fair's gradual decline before the Second World War. Talks about work horses in general. Describes the work done by horses on the farm and carting coal to the Hinckley Gas Works. Talks about farrier's work, the three blacksmiths in Hinckley, horseshoes and horses being shod. Recalls his brother's decision to gat a tractor in 1938 rather than get new horses. Describes old and new tractors and the reduction in manpower working on the land. Describes how a combine harvester worked, and harvesting. Mentions the War Agriculture Committee and their depot at Barwell. Also mentions the Women's Land Army.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Recording Date: 3/8/1999
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: D. Wood
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