Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Langham, Harold Quenby, 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Engineer
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief outline of father's job as policeman. Describes childhood home in Desford, Leicestershire, chores, food. Describes game of 'Rum, bum, finger and thumb'. Talks about church, chapel, Band of Hope, friendly sporting rivallry between church and chapel in Hugglescote, Leicestershire. Brief mention of mother being a Conservative politically, not liking Liberals; also of childhood fights, a local courting spot at Forest Rock, cinema. Briefly outlines work at wagon builders, Staplefords; brick machine makers, Whartons; making lenses and projectors at Taylor Taylor Hobson. Mention of marriage, starting family. Brief memories of air raid in Leicester during Second World War (WW2), food shortages during World War I, General Strike of 1926. Brief mention of wife being Weslyan, going on holiday to Skegness with her. Mention of firewatching, work done with Home Guard during WW2. Describes watching Leicester City play football in 1930s, 1940s. Lists players. Brief mention of doctor's car in pre-WW1 Hugglescote, railway station at Desford.
Place of birth: Desford, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Policeman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Desford, Hugglescote
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 4/9/1987
Playing time: 1 hr 10 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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