Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Bancroft, Evangeline, 1914 - 1990, Interviewee, Female, Domestic service, tweeny; kennel maid;
Speaker: Peace, S., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls details of her mother's life and father's work and her relationship with her grandmother. Describes events from her childhood, including the Loughborough Zeppelin raid during the First World War, her domestic environment and the tasks she had to do for the family, the food and meals that were eaten and the children's games she played. Describes in some detail her school days and scholarship to grammar school. Gives details of home remedies and family illnesses and some of the local legends and ghost stories. Recalls the local wakes, Whitwick fair, Sunday school treats, social functions and dances and listening to cat's whisker radio amongst other leisure activities. Describes the different forms of water provision in Thringstone before 1940. Recalls visits to the village by children from Dr Barnado's Homes before 1920, and the tramps that passed through the village. Describes sex education, courting, meeting her husband and subsequent marriage.
Place of birth: Thringstone
Education: Barrow grammar school.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Painter and Decorator
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery factory
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Thringstone, Loughborough, Whitwick
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 18/1/1990
Access Restrictions: no copyright given Item Copyright:
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