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23, MA200/023/023
Mantle Oral History Project

Speaker: Cook, Leslie, 1920 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life, including school, entertainment and his father's early death. Remembers making the choice of farming as his employment after working in a shoe factory. Describes farming work from 1934, detailing particularly the effects of Second World War on farming, Women's Land Army, treatment of horses and the basic level of resources of the time. Describes obtaining his own tenant farm in 1962 on the De Lisle estate. Also describes modern farming.
Place of birth: Whitwick, Leicestershire
Education: Whitwick Church of England school
Marital Status: Widowed, Children: Sons: 2
Father's Occupation: Quarryman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Whitwick
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.
Language: English

Recording Date: 7/1/1988
Playing time:
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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