Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Taylor, Hector John, 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer
Speaker: van Heender, N, Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Describes farming life in his grandfather's time in Morcott, Rutland; hours worked, Irish labourers scything the corn at harvest, ploughing and feats of strength. Describes the routine when he started; the hours worked, the crops grown, working with sheep, dips, tics, shearing and lambing. Briefly mentions rotation system. Remembers transport by wagons and local amenities. Talks about catching the train to school and how Morcott's station was built by local people. Mentions that people were suspicious of electricity and only a few connected up when it came, and that water was pumped and there could be queues. Mentions Glaston Tunnel and tells anecdotes about local people, lightening strikes, local housing, and the Manor and hall. Talks about local events, Candlemass Day, Morcott Club feast day parade in June when men were given beef at pubs and Morcote Feast in September. Describes the beer made by his family. Briefly mentions local windmill.
Place of birth: Morcott, Rutland
Education: Grammar school
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Morcott
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 28/2/1986
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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