Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Barnett, Kenneth, 1908 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer
Speaker: van Heender, N, Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls working on father's farm at Diseworth, Leicestershire in his teens. Describes milking, looking after horses, and a milk delivery round which supplied cheese dairy in Melton. Mentions taking over Sycamore Farm [Hungarton, Leicestershire] in 1936 and that German Prisoners of war (POWs) worked for them during the Second World War. Briefly mentions Land Army Girls, and Poles who came with the contractor after the war. Explains advantages and disadvantages of buying machinery, and reflects on the financial differences between when he was young and the current situation experienced by his son. Mentions a son's fatal accident. Describes how to make a good Melton Mowbray pork pie, his wife used to demonstrate this, and keeping pigs and hens on the farm. Describes changes in Hungarton and in local fox hunting.
Place of birth: Burton on the Wolds, Leicestershire
Education: until age 14
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hungarton
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1070s, 1980s
Recording Date: 6/3/1986
Playing time: 58 mins
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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