Community History Collection
Speaker: Zientek, Margaret, 1919 - , Interviewee, Female, Teacher;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Details the poor state of housing conditions in the Wharf Street area of Leicester, including sanitation. Describes the area including incidents of fumigation and demolition when she came to Leicester in 1939. Recalls teaching at St Matthews Infants school in Wharf Street area from September 1939. Mentions preparations for air raid shelters and gas masks at the start of Second World War. Describes school air raid shelters. Gives impressions of the area and briefly describes shops such as Mancini’s ice-cream and Sharpe’s fish shop. Mentions places of worship and comments on neighbourliness of the area. Mentions St Matthew's Church and vicarage. Describes work of school nurse and life at school, particularly the headmistress. Mentions introduction of school dinners, curriculum, food, effect of worse bombing raid on Leicester and general activities. See also 1215, CH/128 and 2277, EM/138 for other interviews with M. Zientek.
Place of birth: Loughborough, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/3/1995
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: CHCL
Cross Reference: see 1215, & 2277
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