Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Sharp, Louie, 1891 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery winder;
Speaker: Pallett, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life in Leicester and Coventry. Describes seeing Queen Victoria on a visit to Coventry. Talks about father's work and her own work as a hosiery winder in Barrow on Soar then at Crown Tam Mills in Leicester, before working for Corah's during the First World War. Describes her memories of the Boer War, particularly the celebrations in Coventry at the end of the war. Talks about her favorite food as a child, her mother delivering bread for her grandfather's bakery. Mentions her first holiday aged twelve, to Blackpool. Recalls her brother dying during the First World War and deaths from the Spanish flu. Talks about having evacuees during the Second World War and food shortages, rationing, and cold weather during the First World War.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire, Warwickshire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Coventry
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 16/10/1984
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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