Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Clarke, Suzannah, 1916 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse;
Speaker: Lee, Liza, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls coming to England to train as a nurse in 1930s. Mentions nursing training in Manchester before returning to work in nursing home in Stoneygate, Leicester. Recalls not having contact with established Irish community in Leicester, feeling isolated and attending church. Recalls not returning to Ireland until 1949 and the family farm. Describes how she met her husband and where they lived. Recalls taking in evacuees and lodgers and how she came to own her own nursing home. Describes the staff, clients in the home and entertainment provided. Mentions the Undertakers' Ball at the Grand Hotel. Describes laying people out and details of nursing. Mentions she had the home from 1951 until 1973, then owned hotel in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire before returning to Leicester. Talks about her daughters and religion being important.
Place of birth: County Monaghan, Ireland
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation: Farmer
Recording Date: 20/11/1986
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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