Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Coles, Lily, 1921 - , Interviewee, Female, Shop worker; WRNS; Nursery owner;
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood at Old Woodhouse, Leicestershire where her father worked as a chauffer at Beaumanor Hall for the Curzon- Herricks. Describes schooling and moving for part of the year to Hatchelins House in Surrey when her father's employers were resident there. Recalls many details about the Curzon- Herrick family and their friends, the life style of families and her fathers job. Details what happened when the Curzon- Herrick's sold up and difficulties of father finding employment. Recalls Copt Oak school and starting work in a confectionary shop in Leicester, details training, wages and hours. Mentions move to Mikado café in Leicester Market Place and becoming engaged. Details joining the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) during the Second World War and being posted near her husband. Mentions getting divorce in 1963 and how this was frowned on. Describes father's work for the Admiralty Customs Police during the war. Mentions family did not go on holiday together when she was a child and lack of sex education. Recalls father being strict. Mentions remarriage and opening private day nursery.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Chauffer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Copt Oak,
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,
Recording Date: 31/7/1986
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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