Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Grain, Vena, 1895 - , Interviewee, Female, Factory worker; Women's Land Army;
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls life in Quorn, Leicestershire, from around 1900 throughout the 20th century. Describes moving to new house in Barrow Road, Quorn, in 1901, where she lived for seventy years without electricity. Details her education at school in Quorn. Recalls working at Wright's elastic web factory, gives hours worked. Recalls the death of Queen Victoria and the end of the Boer War. Describes joining the Women's Land Army during the First World War, training at Beaumanor Farm and going to work at Linley Lodge, Nuneaton. Recalls Suffragettes before the war and Quorn being a very conservative place. Describes the shops in Quorn and the Quorn Wake. Mentions the village doctor, Dr Unit, and the local midwife. Recalls Easter celebrations and poverty in Quorn. Gives details of home remedies.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Quorn school;
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Quorn
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s
Recording Date: 5/12/1985
Playing time: 1hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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