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310, WF/017/H17
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Paul, Kath, 1916 - , Interviewee, Female, Over locker; Engineering;
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and family home in Trinity Lane, Hinckley. Talks about father's work at the dye house at Sketchley, her parents and grandmother, domestic arrangements and food. Recalls games played as a child and where they played them, such as Coventry Road park. Also recalls Sunday school walk every year on first Sunday in July and attending Congregational chapel. Describes school days at Hollies Walk school. Recounts how she went into overlocking work in a jumper factory, Bloxham and Brightmores; gives hours and wages. Attended night school at the new technical college. Tells how after her marriage she went into engineering and brought up her children, saw little of her long distance lorry driver husband. Mentions where she went for shopping. Describes how she met her husband dancing and mentions roller skating, cinemas, the dance halls and dances of the time and the "courting stiles". Describes Christmas celebrations, shopping trips to Leicester, and holidays in Rhyl, Scarborough and other places. Recalls husband's war work and the air raid shelter during the Second World War. Talks about her sons and reflects on the changes to the shops.
Place of birth: Hinckley. Leicestershire
Education: Hollies Walk school; Technical College, night school;
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2
Father's Occupation: Dyer
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley,
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 14/6/1994
Playing time: 47 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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