Community History Collection
Speaker: Perkins, Walter, 1917 - , Interviewee, Male, D.U. apprentice; Ralphs; Training Instructor
Speaker: Brown, Cynthia, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Details where he lived in Pentonville/Bonners Lane area of Leicester. Speaks briefly of "The Arsenic Murder". Comments on the origin of street names in area. Brief description of housing. Mentions hairdresser "Snuffer". Mentions activities, rent, buildings, streets. Recalls "Mad Jack Thomson" and his glass piano. Refers to "Girls Reformatory School" as being the asylum. Mentions reclusive "Old Greeny". Talks of childhood games, insanitory conditions, illness. Mentions asphalt surfacing of Oxford Street and theft of materials. Humorous pub story, possibly the Goswold. Discusses slaughterhouses. Recalls station, underground tunnel to Glenfield, Castle Gardens. Talks of swimming in canal and Bedehouse. Mentions factories, "Zena Lanes", Spalding Street. Discusses schools, qualifications, leaving school. Talks of television, playing football, Leicester prison.
Place of birth:
Education: King Richards Road School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Handels shoes
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 1/2/1994
Playing time: 45mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHLCL
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