Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Walker, Ellis, 1922 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, surface colliery worker;
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood and family life in Hugglescote. Gives a detailed account of the village and the people who lived there in the 1920s and 1930s. This includes the rivalry between the two village schools, accounts of local personalities such as the postman and his strange dress, the barber, and other local tradespeople ,including the grocer, fish shop, confectioner and undertaker. The names of various members of the community are recounted along with their occupation, community office or notoriety. Descriptions of childhood pranks and where and what they played are recalled. Talks about early motorcars and caddying at the local golf course. Recalls the cinemas in Coalville and the public houses in Hugglescote. Describes the first bombs falling during the Second World War in Hugglescote and the setting up of the Home Guard. Recalls fire-watching and being exempt from Air Raid Precaution (ARP) work due to the long shifts he worked at the South Colliery. Recounts incidents that happened to other people in the village during the war.
Place of birth: Hugglescote
Education: Hugglescote Church of England school.
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Huggescote
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 9/5/1990
Access Restrictions: restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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