Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Copson, John, 1916 - , Interviewee, Male, Farm worker;
Speaker: Aucott, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls life in the village of Swithland, Leicestershire, from the 1930s. Recalls Lord Lanesborough's influence on the village, the village school and childhood. Talks about local characters, poaching and the village public house. Mentions the Bluebird Guild for women and various village events. Recalls his grandfather's and father's work in farming, describes a farm breakfast. Mentions shops, transport, village church and children's games and entertainment. Describes aspects of dairy farming, harvest and fertilizer. Gives details of cowman and waggoner. Talks about the Quorn Hunt, vet's visits and the blacksmith. Mentions hedge cutting, Land Army girls, Christmas tea at the Hall and sitting the 11 plus.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Swithland
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 11/2/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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