Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Wilson, Francis Jean, 1917 - , Interviewee, Female, Clerical worker
Speaker: Mitchell, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about catching smallpox during epidemic of 1929. Describes in detail smallpox ward on Anstey Lane, Leicester. Talks in detail about Leicester shops, particularly cafes such as Winn's, Simpkin and James, Mikado. Recalls food, music, clientelle. Brief mention of Jimmy Joblin's sweet shop. Talks about events during Second World War such as bombing of Highfields, which caused destruction of uncle's shop; bombing of Victoria Park pavillion, which blew glass out of her house. Mentions being in Holland at outbreak of war. Brief mention of working for Great Central Railway's accounts office and changes caused by war.
Place of birth: Crurock, Scotland
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 17/3/1987
Playing time: 40 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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