Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Bradsworth, Rosaline, 1903 - , Interviewee, Female, Domestic Servant; Factory worker;
Speaker: Lee, L., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life and school in Ibstock in early years of 20th century. Mentions church, education, family's self sufficiency and shops in the village. Describes first job at Children's convalescent home at Woodhouse Eaves, including ailments children were suffering from. Recalls move into domestic service in Loughborough, describes duties and meals and attitude to work. Details other domestic service jobs, including etiquette. Recalls leaving service to work in factory and father's reaction. Talks about parents and brothers and sisters. Describes work, hours and wages working at Kershaw and Ables dyeing factory. Mentions sister's pregnancy, works trip to sea and attitudes to illegitimacy. Mentions strike at Kershaw and Ables, being union member and reaction against black legs. Describes work in hosiery factory and earnings.
Place of birth: Ibstock, Leicestershire
Education: Ibstock school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ibstock
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 28/5/1986
Playing time: 1hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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