Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Fearson, Fenella, 1908 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic service; St John's Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse.
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life and school days. Talks about parents and brothers and sisters. Also mentions ill health as a child, particularly scarlet fever, home remedies and treatment by visiting doctor. Recalls the few leisure pursuits for young people in the area, mentions childhood games, the Bagworth wakes and local public houses. Also describes Armistice Day 1918, street parties at the end of the Second World War, Empire Day, Maypole and Christmas celebrations. Describes the various jobs she had as a domestic servant, first in Harefield Hospital then in private homes and on farms. Describes cheese and butter production on farms and the food eaten at various festivals and occasions, as well as an incident of food poisoning. Describes transport and local personalities and various places, such as the water mill near Bagworth.
Place of birth: Bagworth, Leicestershire
Education: Bagworth Church of England school
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bagworth
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 23/8/1989
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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