Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Barnett, Reginald, 1922 - , Interviewee, Male, Canal worker
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about childhood working with father on Manchester Ship Canal; working on diesal powered boat after Second World War. Speculates on how tradition of decorating boats started. Mentions Middlewich junction, older people talking about better days on canals. Talks about bad conditions of some canals, mentioning going through Harecastle Tunnel (Trent & Mersey canal). Describes interior of boats, hours worked, cargoes, pay, Second World War. Mentions the Anderton company, fly boats working through night.
Place of birth: Western Point, Chesire
Education: To age 10
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Canal worker
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 16/2/1988
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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