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952, LO/307/258
Leicester Oral History archive Collection

Speaker: Collins, Alice, 1904 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker;
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood in Belgrave, Leicester at the turn of the 20th Century. Mentions attending Belgrave national school and her fathers work on the horse wagon maintaining tram wires. Describes the family home and the process of washing clothes, which her mother took in. Mentions the local baths, attending the St Peter's church in Belgrave and Christmas celebrations. Talks about her family and how her parents met. Returns to describe her school days. Talks about shopping and difficulties of rationing during Second World War. Recalls her first job at Corahs hosiery factory and describes second job at Wolsey over 37 years. Reflects on changes to Leicester and mentions different forms of entertainment she enjoyed and walking. Recalls friendliness of Belgrave area, children's games and street traders. Recalls getting married in 1941 and taking shelter from bombing raid.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Belgrave National school;
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Tram worker
Mother's Occupation: Washer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 4/9/1986
Playing time: 29 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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