Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Bilton, James, 1901 - , Interviewee, Male, Labourer
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls watching lime kilns at work in Barrow on Soar (Leicestershire), tramroads, playing on abandoned workings. Brief mention of step-father being local blacksmith. Talls about working in local hosiery factory, anecdote of asking for more money. Sketches progress through factory in Quorn, Ellis' cement factory, step-father's blacksmith shop. Describes going underground where limestone was quarried. Talks briefly about working on Lewis's shop (Leicester), in more detail about setting up Potter's Marston Plant for Ellis's. Describes trip to Milford on Sea on motorbike. Talks about moving to Quorn, installing electricity in cottage, moving to farmhouse with fruit trees in garden, being in Home Guard during Second World War, run ins with officers. Mentions befriending Americans, particularly one who died in Europe. Anecdotes of ghosts at Bulls Head pub; describes stables at pub.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Blacksmith
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Barrow on Soar
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 26/1/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 3 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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