Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Pateman, Leslie, 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Assistant manager for Trade & Protection Society;
Speaker: Aucott, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls career at Leicester Trade Protection Society, which he joined in 1919. Gives brief history of the Society, describes the offices and a typical daily routine. Explains Society protected interests of retailers and wholesalers and how this worked, for example providing credit information. Lists shops in Leicester, including Morleys, Herringtons and Jacksons. Explains the routine for visiting branch offices in Melton and Loughborough, and for dealing with debtors. Describes dispatching circulars. Relates anecdotes where things went wrong. Explains although discipline was strict, the job was specialised and people were not easily replaced; mentions rates of pay. Recalls traveling round the county settling accounts, once walking from Oakham to Leicester. Talks about home remedies.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Alderman Newton's Boys school
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 15/4/1986
Playing time: 37 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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