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1026, LO/381/332
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Kendall, Beatrice (Betty), 1902 - , Interviewee, Female, Framework knitter
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Very brief childhood memories of local shop, 1 up 1 down cottage in Highfields area of Leicester. Briefly describes family of ten children, differences between various local schools attended. Talks about getting asthma, treatments used. Mentions roller skating at Narborough Road, ice skating at Aylestone, briefly mentions cinema, theatre. Briefly mentions attending St Pauls as St Mary de Castro too 'high church'. Talks about great grandfather, William Bell, a framework knitter, his business in 1830s, family reaction to great grandmother marrying him, materials, transport, hiring fairs. Talks about grandmother designing shoes at Stead and Simpson, makes passing reference to 'Coal Hill' [now the clock tower area of Leicester]. Describes some herbal remedies. Recalls First World War, food shortages, family's finances being hit hard. Briefly mentions marriage in 1920, work at Dunlop, having a 'secret' job in Second World War.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Narborough Road School, King Richard's Road School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Printing works manager
Mother's Occupation: Mender, housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Language: English

Recording Date: 17/6/1987
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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