Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Thorpe, George, 1899 - , Interviewee, Male, Shoe trade worker, Civil servant
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Remembers childhood in Spinney Hill Park area of Leicester, local people, games, building of General Hospital. Gives family details, introduction to father's shoe business in Baggrave Street. Talks about the shoe trade in 1920s, trade union involvement, collapse of business after General Strike of 1926. Describes job in insurance, being union representative, wages, dealings with a particular manager, joining Civil Service in 1941. Describes becoming branch secretary of union, mentions strong union man Jimmy Bell, reflects that General Strike killed off many small businesses. Outlines his way of settling strikes, negotiating successfully.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe trade
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 24/6/1987
Playing time: 58 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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