Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Parker, Madge, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Engineering Export, head of department; Bookkeeper.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life in Uppingham and move to Leicester due to father's war injuries. Describes education, including commercial training and languages at Leicester Technical College. Gives account of work in export department at Bentley Engineering Company and leisure pursuits, particularly playing cricket, hockey and tennis. Recalls trams and their hazards. Remembers visiting Germany in 1934 and seeing followers of Hitler. Describes bombing and effects of Second World War on working and family life. Describes marriage to husband who worked in furniture trade and move to Copt Oak in 1951. Describes village life and conditions at this time as well as recalling village personalities. Mentions her involvement with the Women's Institute (WI).
Place of birth: Uppingham, Rutland
Education: Moat Road, Leicester Alderman Newton, Leicester Leicester Technical college
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Post Office worker
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester; Copt Oak.
Periods Covered: 1910's, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 20/10/2001
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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