Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Smith, Frank, 1901 - , Interviewee, Male, Farm Labourer;
Speaker: Simpson, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls village life and farming in Cossington, Leicestershire, in the first half of the 20th century. Describes work as a farm labourer from just before the First World War. Details farming during the First World War and the development of trade unions in agriculture at this time. Describes aspects of farming, including ploughing new land, drainage and harvesting. Mentions building haystacks and catching rats. Recalls aspects of the village that have gone, and thatching. Mentions straw for the horses and the waggoners' work. Describes first sugar beet crop and machinery needed to harvest it. Mentions school in Cossington and playing football and cricket. Mentions various people from the village and poverty. Talks about cattle and horses. Talks about holidays and how the union improved length of holidays. Mentions the local vets and quotes some local sayings.
Place of birth: Cossington, Leicestershire
Education: Cossington school; Barrow on Soar Grammar school,
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Cossington
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 3/2/1986
Playing time: 55 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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