Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Riley, Henry, - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker;
Speaker: Newitt, Ned, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls everyday life around the time of the First World War, including seeing a Zeppelin. Describes moving into a new council house on Coleman Road in Leicester. Recalls going to the cinema, the reputation of areas of Leicester, and a royal visit in 1930s. Describes work in a machine tool factory, then for William Spars, Spiers and unemployment. Describes the sanitary conditions in factories. Recalls political meetings in the Market Place, the Wall Street crash, post war elections and reparations from Germany after the First World War.
Place of birth:
Education: Charnwood Street school;
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 28/2/1984
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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