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733, LO/101/052
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Birch, F., 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Shoe worker;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls his early life in the Belgrave district of Leicester, around the First World War. Describes domestic details, including rent, utilities and washing, pawning items and frozen meat. Mentions holidays and the poor girls and boys Summer Camp at Mablethorpe. Recalls removal of snow and horse manure from the streets. Talks about work in the shoe trade, rates of pay and sick pay system, recalls how sick pay system broke down during the flu epidemic. Talks about almshouses where the St Margaret's bus station is now, and Hillcrest Hospital.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s,1910s, 1920s
Language: English

Recording Date: 7/6/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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