Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Adcock, Jack, 1902 - 1991, Interviewee, Male, Coal miner.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life, family and schooldays. Describes in considerable detail his working life as a miner, first in mine office at Ibstock pit and then down the mine as a pony boy, eventually becoming a deputy. Very graphic account of mining at the pit face and the conditions for miners and ponies. Account includes details of accidents, food, sanitation, ventilation, lighting, wages and the mechanics of mining coal. Also talks about labour relations, 1914, 1918 and 1926 strikes, mechanisation and Nationalisation, and Bevin boys. Talks about retirement ( retired in 1963) and leisure pursuits such as dancing and bowls.
Place of birth: Ibstock, Leicestershire
Education: Ibstock Infants, Ibstock Church of England school,
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ibstock, Ellistown
Periods Covered: 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 21/5/1988
Playing time: 1hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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