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817, LO/181/132
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Bentham, S. A., 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Shoe worker; Hosiery worker
Speaker: Cobbett, Tim, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls Belgrave when a child. Details transport, foods and prices as well as children's games and the nearness to the countryside. Also recalls shops in Leicester and the cost of property before 1939. Talks about housing, rented property and housing developments. Describes holidays, leaving school, and working in the shoe trade. Recalls period of unemployment during the 1920s, work at Corah's and trade union membership. Talks about use of pawnshop and incident of a pawnshop catching fire. Mentions the slum area around Abbey Street. Recalls politicians of the 1920s and 1930s, Churchill, Ramsay MacDonald and Alderman Sheriff. Describes the different attitudes to trade unions in the hosiery and shoe trades and power of unions in 1980s. Recalls attitudes to the elderly and death.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 26/6/1985
Playing time: 1hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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