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1040, LO/395/346
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Wardle, Foster (Joe), 1898 - , Interviewee, Male, Tailor, Boot factory worker
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes being at Green Lane School, Leicester. Recalls poverty of family, pawning possessions to go on holiday, being very short as child, making electric clocks at Gents. Describes attending Wesley Hall, Prospect Hill, celebrating Anniversary. Brief outline of call up to army. Mention of unemployment after First World War (WW1), work progress from making shirts at Bakers to Co-operative boot factory where joined union. Mentions injuries to brother, deaths of people he knew, in WW1. Describes family history in Braunstone, Leicester, where grandfather was blacksmith. Mentions photos in local history book, relations with Winstanley family, mother's description of route into Leicester using Victorian place names, anecdote of Mrs Winstanley instructing Edmund Cole to send daughter to new school in Braunstone. Describes Air Raid Precaution (ARP) duties in Second World War, land mine in Abbey Lane. Brief mention of marriage at St Lukes, Humberstone. Talks about fairs in Leicester, where to go for night out, Palace Theatre, local pub prices, attitudes to pubs/beer, visiting German fairs with performing bears and monkeys before WW1. Talks about poverty, workhouse on Swain Street, diptheria in 1938.
Place of birth: Blaby, Leicestershire
Education: Green Lane School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Tailor
Mother's Occupation: Tailor
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 13/7/1987
Playing time: 1 hr 13 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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