Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Gregson, Ron., 1926 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, datal hand and pony putting.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes early life and upbringing in Wingate, County Durham. Talks about relationship with mother and father, father's work and working conditions as a miner and the day to day life at home. Describes the village, neighbours and the miners' allotments. Recalls his schooling and starting work in 1940 at the pit. Describes his work as a miner in Durham, the trade unions, conditions in the mine and wages. Describes his move and the reasons for his move, first to Retford, Nottinghamshire, then to New Lount pit, Coalville in 1962. Discusses housing situation for miners moving to Coalville. Talks about the differences between Durham and Leicestershire mines and miners, also comments on different accents of mixed work force in Coalville. Gives further account of promotion and move as deputy overman at Snibston, also talking about safety, accidents and medical facilities experienced in mines. Talks about gambling.
Place of birth: Newcastle upon Tyne.
Education: Elementary ( to age 14)
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2, Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: County Durham, Leicestershire.
Location: Town/Place: Wingate; Coalville.
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s,
Recording Date: 18/10/1988
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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