Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Issitt, W., 1902 - , Interviewee, Male, Box builder; Post Office Telecommunications;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls his early life in Wharf Street, Leicester. Describes shops and public houses, what the houses were like and his parents' work. Describes parish relief and distress work. Talks about family moving to Lancaster Street, describes the house and rent. Mentions working for the Post Office telephones and in the building industry. Talks about influenza epidemic and pneumonia. Talks about his building work, Saffron Lane estate, council estates, building inspectors and seasonal nature of building work. Recalls his first job as an errand boy, the unemployment riots, pawn shops on Wharf Street and beggars. Mentions games played in public houses, card sharks, Leicester (criminal ) gangs and a murder in a High Street public house.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe hand
Mother's Occupation: Washer woman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s,
Recording Date: 2/10/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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