Community History Collection
Speaker: Baker, Gordon, - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Holyoak, V, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about father who worked in George Evans & Sons boot and shoe factory, Leicester, where leather dust damaged lungs, mentions doctor's charges. Talks about terraced home in Vaughan Street (West End), the Tudor cinema, use of rooms in home, furniture, brief mention of selling shoes from home, father queuing for dole. Recalls games in street such as cricket, airship passing overhead, witnessing local woman dying when parachute failed to open. Recalls first day at Mantle School, unexpectedly passing exams to Wyggeston Boys Grammar School. Anecdotes of crime in local area, local bread & milk cars, shops in Tudor Road area, Co-operative dividends. Mentions high cost of & life at Wyggeston Boys, family having little money, job at Westcotes library. Talks about being out of work, feeling depressed, finding job at Imperial Typewriters.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Mantle Road School, Wyggeston Boys Grammar School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Factory foreman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 14/11/1995
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: CHCL
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