Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Sabin, Jean Beryl, 1931 - , Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Tells how family were split up when father left mother. Describes incidents at Mill Hill Lane Receiving Homes, Leicester, arriving at Countesthorpe Cottage Homes. Recalls set up at Countesthorpe, new matron in 1945 making reforms. Describes food, school, clothes, illness, reflects on children being adopted at the time. Mentions vists from parents and how women in Hillcrest [hospital, former workhouse] or Towers [hospital] could become institutionalised. Brief mention of outbreak of Second World War, glowing sky when Coventry bombed. Describes jobs found by brothers, sisters, children from Homes. Mentions pocket money, treats, Christmas, American soldiers organising a party, learning about periods from other girls, the laundry, other memories of the Homes.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Narborough Road Infants' School, Granby Road Junior School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Countesthorpe
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 24/2/1987
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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