Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon, 1911 - , Interviewee, Male, Prison officer; Royal Navy;
Speaker: Florance, John, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls his life in the prison service at Leicester from 1947-1966. Mentions escort duty, overcrowding, bag stitching. Detailed description of daily routine at Leicester, and attitudes to chaplains. Very brief mention of the Great Train Robbers. Also gives details of library, recreation and introduction of television and wireless. Describes being on reception duty, which had maximum responsibility and 'Detach Duty'. Also describes the unpopular Condemned Cell duty, including story of a condemned man who was reprieved. Anecdote about an 'old lag' being happy to be in prison. Reflects on his career and the types of criminals he met.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 5/3/1986
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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