Community History Collection
Speaker: Wells, G, 1910 - , Interviewee, Male, Decorator
Speaker: Hogge, John, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Description of Bonners Lane area of Leicester. Mentions (his uncle) Wells greengrocers, Routells shoefactory, old cottages including Bishop Bonners House. Recalls poor housing, ill health, strong community spirit, openess. Comments Grange Lane formerly known as Greens Lane. Recalls street parties during national/local events. Recalls mother's job with resident Captain Jones (naval officer) c1890, recent (c1984) references to letters written by Mrs Jones in local paper. States burial location. Relates story of Jenny Carter "like a man in strength". Recalls childhood games. Details memories of WW1, troops leaving [photograph], "Hohenzollen redoubt", casualty lists, deprivation, rationing. Describes memories of Loughborough Zeppelin raid. Lists family occupations. Recalls Cassey's pawnshop. Relates memories of the Depression, General Strike, street traders. Comments on Italian presence in Leicester and Ralph Rossa, ice cream man. Comments on strict upbringing.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hazel Street School
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s,
Recording Date: 12/1/1994
Playing time: 25mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHLCL
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