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298, WF/005/H03
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Anon, 1915 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker;
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Talks about her family, her grandparents and parents and their connections with farming and the butchery business. Recalls seeing a Zeppelin when she was three. Describes moving around the area and working in hosiery at Earl Shilton. Talks about missing out on her education due to illness, particularly pneumonia and rheumatic fever. Describes poultices used on her. Talks about her early life on the farm and the animals they kept. Recalls starting work at Bradbury's hosiery factory, the women she worked with and her wages. Describes what she gave to her parents and what she had left and how she spent it. Felt better off than some of her friends. Recalls holidays in Skegness, the pictures and dancing. Describes her parents' reaction to courting her husband, how she gained her sex education, watching animals on the farm and the attitudes to sex at the time, including abortion. Married in 1936, describes renting a house in Southfield Road, Hinckley, and difficulty with affording the house when her husband was put on short time. Describes Hinckley market, shops and public houses before the Second World War, says Leicester better for clothes bargains. Recalls the dance halls and cinemas, also going to chapel. Describes the air raids during the Second World War, having evacuees and the black market. Recalls the American troops and vandalism due to drunkenness. She worked in a British restaurant.
Place of birth: Broughton Astley, Leicestershire
Education: until 14 years old.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley, Earl Shilton, Barwell,
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 19/1/1993
Playing time: 1 hr 2 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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