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299, WF/006/H04/B
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Moore, Arthur, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Shoe worker; Hosiery worker; Army service;
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls the house where he was born, in Hunter's Row, Hinckley, and describes the house, neighbours and the street. Describes moves to Canning Street, Hinckley, Tuttle Hill, Nuneaton and return to Hinckley. Recalls father's work for Parson and Sherwin, ironmongers, and as a coal miner in Nuneaton. Describes work and training at Johnson's boot and shoe factory as a clicker, details the process of clicking, including cutting swains for the vamp and the materials used for making shoes. Describes how short time work and being unemployed made him look for other trades, eventually selling stockings door to door and then work in a hosiery factory. Talks about service in the armed forces during the Second World War, first in the army then as a maritime gunner. Describes Hinckley as it was, including various shops, such as Hipwells the butchers and Birchalls, fruiterers. Recalls the church school and teachers Miss Harris, Mrs Mills and Mr Taylor' and corporal punishment. Mentions the effects of rationing during the First World War, his father's army service and the local cinemas. Talks about where he lived after he married, and buying his own house. Recalls the start of the Second World War and air raid shelters in Hinckley.
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicestershire
Education: Church school.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 24/1/1994
Playing time: 3 hrs 5 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: No
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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