Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Soar Valley Labours, - , Interviewee, ,
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Summary of interview item: Soar Valley Labours. Compilation of interview extracts recalling the working experiences of people in Barrow on Soar, in the early part of the 20th century. Louie Sharp and Lily Homes recall the working experience at Black and Drivers hosiery factory in Barrow on Soar. James Bilton remembers working in the hosiery trade during the First World War, before becoming a labourer at Ellis' Cement works. Different aspects of work at Ellis' are recalled, together with descriptions of the other work Mr Bilton did. Percy Neal describes his work at Ellis' in a plate laying gang before moving into the fitters workshop and steel reinforcements. He also describes his initial hostility to trade unionism and his transition to becoming a staunch supporter and trade union branch secretary. Work in the shoe industry at Newbold and Burtons and Swan and Prestons is described by Stanley Traker and Reuben Widdowson. The frequent laying off of the work force and growth of the trade unions in the shoe trade is also recalled. A detailed account of agricultural work on Cream Lodge Farm, Barrow on Soar, before, during and after the Second World War, is given by Billy Bird, who describes the change in farming methods and machinery during this period.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Barrow on Soar
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 51 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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