Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Martin, Anne, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Night Warden
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes early memories of queues at Swain Street Institute for the Homeless, Leicester. Recalls mother as being a 'helper', not turning people such as tramps away, laying people out, delivering babies. Briefly describes effect of diptheria epidemic. Remembers mother's reaction when father killed in First World War (WWI). Explains how mother came to Highfields, Leicester, before WWI. Briefly outlines marriage at St Peter's, husband being cinema foreman, moving to Birmingham, return to Leicester. Brief mention of work at Faire Brothers, Wimbledon Street, making men's suspenders; work at Gaumont Cinema 1927/28. Talks about working on ward for chronic sick at Swain Street, detailing condition of patients, wards, medication used, procedures for death, her reaction to first death seen, burial system, regime for vagrants. Brief mention of work at ambulance station, Welford Road. Mention of precautions for air raid or nuclear attack.
Place of birth: Long Eaton, Notts
Education: St Peter's Girls School, Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Lace machine fitter; Soldier
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 26/2/1987
Playing time: 55 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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