Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Smith, Ellen, 1907 - , Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Aucott, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes how she started writing her memories and reminiscences of life in Wymeswold. Mentions village centered on Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. Recalls catching diphtheria as a child and describes other childhood illness and treatment. Describes ritual of funerals and traditional remedies for ailments. Mentions concerts during the First and Second World War that she was involved with. Describes schooldays, sex education and the arrival of first flush toilet and electricity. Mentions the poverty and unemployment in the village. Describes 'tenting' cows in the lanes. Describes harvest time. Details aspects of farming, including sheep dipping. Recalls outings to Beacon hill and helping her mother with wash day. Mentions collecting rents from father's tenants. Talks about the Quorn Hunt. Mentions farming during the Second World War, billeting and the effect of the local aerodrome.
Place of birth: Wymeswold, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: builder
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Wymeswould
Periods Covered: 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 28/1/1986
Playing time: 1h 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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