Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Barnes, William, 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Butcher; Army service;
Speaker: West, Robert, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes village life in Bagworth, Leicestershire. Recalls allotments; keeping, killing, and curing pigs, various shops and trades. Briefly mentions the effect of 1926 strike on his education. Mentions learning butchers trade. Mentions having paraffin lamps, cooking by coal and getting water for bathing. Describes his weekly shopping trip to Coalville, and the September wake. Talks about working in the local mines, his father dying young, and the general strike of 1926. Describes life during the strike, people's attitudes to it, and how people coped. Describes how the local constituency turned from Conservative to Liberal, then Labour.
Place of birth: Bagworth, Leicestershire
Education: Council school, Bagworth
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bagworth
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 17/3/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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