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913, LO/268/219
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Goode, Elsie, 1893 - , Interviewee, Female, Teacher
Speaker: West, Robert, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls school at Hinckley council school and vague recollection of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. Describes conditions and pay at Daniel Paynes factory, Hinckley, Leicestershire where her relatives worked. Anecdote about photograph of soldiers wearing jumpers made by her grandfather. Mentions shopping at the Co-operative Society and seaming at home for extra money. Brief description of grandmother's cottage in Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire. Describes academic progression to be a pupil-teacher at Hinckley grammar school from 1905 to 1911 and exams taken. Recalls first job at Newbold Verdun and disliking it because children teased her. Recalls living in Stockport during First World War before going to Avery Teachers Training College in London. Recalls unemployment during depression. Mentions the importance of chapel and Sunday school to her. Describes the food father grew and keeping pigs. Mentions population of Hinckley and type of exams that could be taken there, 'rural or 'urban'. Recalls riding in grandfather's brake, feast day at Sutton Cheney and fishing. Recalls trip to a trip to the seaside at Wallasey, Cheshire, during First World War. Recalls marriage at 33 and gives details about husband's farm, Hobbs Hayes farm, Hinckley, and how husband's family pioneered clean milk in the area. Describes the farm, animals, rent, attitude to farming. Talks about bringing children up and taking up teaching again after her husband died. Mentions the teachers' pension.
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicestershire
Education: Hinckley Council school; Hinckley Grammar school
Marital Status: Widowed, Children:
Father's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 10/4/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 21 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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