Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Smith, Frank, 1904 - , Interviewee, Male, Builder
Speaker: Mitchell, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about work in building trade, having moved to Leicester in 1925, with Broadbents and Stevens, and then self-employed. Describes network of contacts and names people who helped him and for whom he did work. Briefly recalls losing his workers during Second World War and working on aerodromes, hangers. Mentions being president of Roofing Contractor's Federation. Talks about founding the Leicestershire Automobile Association, gaining business contacts through this, and transporting people after 9pm in the blackout. Tells anecdotes of driving tram badly during General Strike of 1926, and of fixing roof at Palace Theatre. Remembers Arthur Wakerley and the Spinney Hill area; building the General Hospital; local architects; Mrs Winn and Winn's Cafes; Adderleys shop. Brief anecdotes and memories of many other shops, characters, places in Leicester city centre.
Place of birth: Hounslett, Leeds
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Building trade
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 19/1/1987
Playing time: 1.30 hr
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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