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489, CH/010/0126
Community History Collection

Speaker: Siddons, Laurence, 1916 - , Interviewee, Male, Manager of Extruding (plastics) Works
Speaker: Mills, Joyce, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls York Road, Leicester, from 1917 - 1935, factories, shops, pubs, businesses, housing. Talks of father's shop (photograph) and subsequent takeover of Trotters bakery. Briefly describes eight room family house, mentions brother's death in Abbey Lane. Describes poor living conditions in Upper Brown Street, Wharf Street, Grafton Street, Norton Street. Recalls two slaughterhouses. Mentions tuberculosis, territorials on Mandela Park. Recounts Navins the Butcher's City Council electioneering. Recalls resurfacing Newarke Street. Comments on horses, horse drawn vehicles. Detailed descriptions of houses, occupants, businesses. Mentions Pentonville, Wagstaffs, swimming at Bath Lane by the canal, Irelands butchers, Gimsons, Vulcan Oil company, on site of Phoenix Theatre. Recalls occupants "the Seymours" house. Recalls price of groceries, illuminated tram, many childhood games, Sunday activities. Recalls Midland Red buses. Recalls driving cattle down Welford Road. Describes Destructor and rubbish disposal. Recalls family move to Humberstone. Relates memories of personalities and events. Mentions rumours of tunnel.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hazel Street School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shopkeeper
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 25/1/1994
Playing time: 1hr30mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHLCL
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference: Photographs, Printed Material

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