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800, LO/164/115
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Norris, Ellen, 1890 - , Interviewee, Female, Shoe worker; Hosiery worker; Munitions worker;
Speaker: Pallett, T., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Leicester. Talks about her parents and the large family she came from. Mentions father's work in a shoe factory and long term unemployment, also mother's work as an untrained midwife and taking in washing. Talks about her own work from the age of fourteen, firstly in the shoe trade then as a hosiery apprentice. Recalls the money she earned and what she had left to spend. Talks about meeting her husband, a steam pipe fitter, and getting married. Describes working as a munitions worker during the First World War, the pay and conditions. Recalls the rationing and entertainments. Mentions her parents' illnesses and being an untrained midwife.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Green Lane school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe worker
Mother's Occupation: Midwife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 4/3/1985
Playing time: 25 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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