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614, CH/110/0181
Community History Collection

Speaker: Watkinson, B, - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: , Interviewer,

Summary of interview item: Describes shops, pubs, streets, housing, people. Mentions Cooper family funeral, tunnel, childhood games, transport. Describes poor conditions, indicates Wharf Street was worse. Recalls cattle market, factories trades, school characters, swimming in canal, train journey to Glenfield. Mentions employment, "destructors". Describes land mine incident in New Walk. Talks of recreation, cinema, Sunday school, park, lamplighters, "Mother Withers" singalongs. Talks of community spirit, low crime, gender roles.
Place of birth:
Education: Laxton Street; Deacon Street; St Martins
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s

Recording Date: 7/2/1994
Playing time: 60mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHLCL
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference:

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