Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1912 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Green, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about childhood in Wigston, Leicestershire; mother's unhappy upbringing with uncle who drank. Brief mentions of being in Blaby Isolation Hospital for diptheria, Wigston Co-operative shop, attending local Weslyan Methodist chapel. Recalls pay at Devash Rowley [hosiery factory] in 1925, being wicket keeper for women's cricket team there. Briefly describes trips to Croft Hill with family, also to Blackpool, Alton Towers. Describes work, hours, conditions , six week strike at Devash Rowley. Briefly mentions working at Corah's, who were strict, for a short while. Remembers having little money, walking rather than pay bus fare, mother making clothes. Mentions Mrs Bird, who thought the strike at Devash's was important. Lists jobs at Devash's, mentions getting hand caught in machine. Talks about Weslyan chapel, recreation there. Brief mentions of food at home, fairs at Wigston Magna, Christmas, childhood pranks including a girl being set alight and dying from wounds.
Place of birth: South Wigston, Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 6/8/1987
Playing time: 54 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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