Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Saunders, George, 1907 - , Interviewee, Male, Entrepreneur;
Speaker: Taylor, K., Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls Aylestone in the 1930s, mentions Aylestone House and the Japanese Tea gardens. Describes becoming owner of the Boat House at Aylestone in 1935 and how he developed the enterprise. Mentions requisitioning of the Boat House early in the Second World War. Describes the boathouse, ball room, boats and tennis courts. Mentions rehousing a couple living in a caravan in a landing craft on the river to get around local authority regulations. Talks about the river. Recalls running a dance band, teaching dancing and introducing bingo and a casino. Recalls the decline of the business.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/3/1985
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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