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1110, LO/456/407/A
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Meredith, John (Jack), 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Boatman
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Outlines childhood on the canals at Wolverhampton, lack of schooling. Describes wedding in 1937, work for Fellows, Morton & Clayton in Black Country, cargoes, horse, rates of pay. Talks about going through locks at Foxton, Leicestershire. Mentions ice boat, how barges painted, interior of barge, work done by wife. Brief mention of Memory Lane, Leicester. Talks about work in Second World War, reflects on pleasure of travelling through countryside. Mentions childhood games, describing 'Tip Cat'.
Place of birth: Wolverhampton
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Canal worker
Mother's Occupation: Canal worker
Location: County: Leicestershire, West Midlands
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Wolverhampton
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 3/2/1988
Playing time: 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: LO/457/407/B

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