Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1895 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes growing up in Sapcote, Leicestershire, local school, attending Wesleyan Chapel, father's wages. Talks about family having good food; mentions local baker George Church, home working on sock machines, family growing own vegetables, playing games such as marbles, tug of war on Whit Tuesday. Mentions Wesleyan parades through village, Neal's Fair from Burbage, links between Wesleyans and trade unions. Describes being at Hawe's hosiery factory, Stoney Stanton, joining union age 15, union wanting a lot of officials' time. Explains importance of knowing all aspects of industry. Mentions representing union abroad, having reputation for truthfulness, importance of union movement and leadership, gives example of negotiation. Talks about family taking work at home when father ill. Gives opinion on full employment, progress, economics. Reflects on improved industrial relations in hosiery, gaining holiday pay. Mentions education courses, joining Labour Party, having a sense of vocation.
Place of birth: Sapcote, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Quarry worker, Factory stoker
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sapcote, Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 29/6/1987
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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