Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Anon., 1901 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner; Hosiery, power knitter.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Swannington and Hugglescote, including school, home life and childhood games. Give detailed account of Sunday school attendance and having diphtheria. Recalls a fire at the Co-op bakers, in 1914. Describes first job at Stablefords and moving to Whitwick colliery in 1916, to work as a miner. Describes working as a miner between 1916 and 1929, before moving into the hosiery industry as a result of the 1926 General strike. Talks about his work as a knitter at Corahs. Describes courting his wife and their marriage. Gives account of Coalville shops, local characters and various leisure events, such as the Wakes and travelling fun fairs.
Place of birth: Swannington, Leicestershire
Education: Elementary ( until age 13)
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 3
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Domestic service
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Swannington; Hugglescote; Coalville.
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.
Recording Date: 18/1/1989
Access Restrictions: name withheld Item Copyright: EMOHA
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