Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Jones, Tom, 1904 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner;
Speaker: Matterson, Frances, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Born and raised in a mining village in South Wales. Describes the mining community he was brought up in and worked in, including the poverty, housing and Medical Aid society. Describes starting work down the pit from fourteen years of age and the managers of the coal companies. Talks about the pawnshops and having to pawn belongings. Mentions the General Strike of 1926. Compares pits in Wales and Leicestershire. Also talks about the different kind of coal dust found in the two areas and the damage the dust caused to miners' health, including his own. Talks about the 1984 miners' strike.
Place of birth: South Wales
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire, Wales
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/1/1985
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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