Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Hawes, Mary, 1901 - , Interviewee, Female, Hoisery worker;
Speaker: Aucott, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood in Leicester. Recalls visits to Leicester Temperance Hall for lantern slide lecture and recites the words to song, 'The Children's Home'. Describes walk up London Road 'clicking' [courting] with boys and details sweets they ate then. Mentions anti-German feeling around First World War and name changes due to this. Describes Hazel Street school, cooking, swimming, games played and building of local factories. Recalls shops surrounding Leicester Market, such as Crows and Cordalls. Describes home remedies. Recalls christening and funerals. Recalls Palace and other theatres, and Floral Hall cinema. Mentions local tripe shop. Recalls starting work at Plants hosiery factory and pay and conditions and move to another factory. Explains how first husband died of diphtheria, and treatment given. Describes walks to Abbey Park, and to Japanese garden at Aylestone where there were concerts. Anecdote of killing goose with difficulty.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hazel Street
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe factory worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 21/4/1986
Playing time: 1 hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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