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1056, LO/403/354
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Harrison, Iris, 1918 - , Interviewee, Female, Farmer
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Outlines family background in Anstey, Leicestershire. Talks briefly about strict discipline at school, mention of headmistress, Miss Wykes. Sketches childhood games, playing by local brook. Mentions Mr Grey, miller, different grades of animal feed. Talks about fair in Anstey, horse drawn caravans, being friendly with fair people. Mentions closeness of community, going to church, missionary box collections. Tells anecdote illustrating casual attitudes to air raids during Second World War, mentions Italian Prisoners of War (POWs) who her family stayed in touch with after the war. Describes taking on farm in Newton Linford, Leicestershire; difficulty of affording rent, eventually buying house. Mentions having evacuees, who were dirty, didn't stay long. Describes delivering shoe linings during the war; smell of leather at Anstey tannery, difficulties driving in fog. Talks again about local fairs, rides, workers chasing local girls. Describes her family kite flying in local field. Briefly mentions cycling to Wolsey factory in Leicester, trade union forming at Roberts, Anstey. Talks about Bradgate Park, 'staggers' [peeping toms]. Describes meeting husband in Anstey, going to local dances.
Place of birth: Anstey, Leicestershire
Education: Park Road School, Latimer Street School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Finisher, Shoe factory
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Anstey, Newton Linford,
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 29/7/1987
Playing time: 57 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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