Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Boyall, Arthur, 1907 - , Interviewee, Male, Dustman;
Speaker: Simpson, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and early working life in West End of Leicester. Describes games played as a child. Recalls family meals and father being in the military. Describes school and curriculum. Describes the housing in Rowan Street and the entertainment available, including the cinema. Describes beetle infestation, the lamplighter and mother buying groceries on credit. Talks about mother laying out the dead and helping with confinements. Describes holidays in Bradgate Park and trips to Skegness. Recalls locations of council refuse tips. Talks about running pantomimes, bombing during the Second World War, the Great Central Railway Line and the Master Cutler. Recalls other jobs he did and the use of horses on a coal round and use by other roundsmen. Describes horse transport and various accidents.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Ingle Street school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Military
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 12/8/1985
Playing time: 40 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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