Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Seaton, Kathleen, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic service; Women's Land Army;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls work as a third house maid in domestic service, in a large house in Leicester. Describes in detail her duties, in particular the tasks to be done when there was a large house party. Talks about the uniform worn, time off, wages, food and servants' quarters. Recalls promotion to head housemaid and the duties this post involved. Recalls leaving service in 1941 to join the Women's Land Army during the Second World War. Describes looking after the cows and other farm work undertaken and her preference for this work due to the freedom it gave.
Place of birth:
Education: school until age 14
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 30/7/1985
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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