Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Mattock, John Thomas, 1915 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls events from childhood and early life, particularly connected to his father's farm, such as steam engines coming onto the farm and Prisoners of War (POW's) working on the farm. Talks about his father and grandfather's life and work. Recalls school days, his mother's jobs and a diphtheria epidemic. Describes first job on a local farm and gives graphic account of his life in farming. This includes care of cows, milking, different feeds, milk production and cattle being driven to market. Mid 1960s, changes from milk production to cattle rearing. Recalls his own farms and others in the local area, also mentions hunting and vets. Covers farming from 1929 to 1980s. Involved in local politics, Parish, Rural and County Councillor and member of Farmers' Union executive.
Place of birth: Wigston, Leicestershire.
Education: Village school.
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bitteswell
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s,1960s.
Recording Date: 13/6/2001
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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