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1118, LO/465/415
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Stockdale, John Thomas, 1923 - , Interviewee, Male, Chairman of Stilton cheese dairy
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes family background in dairies in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Talks about changing processes in Stilton cheese industry, manufacturing by individual farmers; describes current methods of production. Contrasts modern marketing with the past. Talks of good work of Stilton Cheese Makers' Association, mentions visiting agricultural shows to sell cheese. Describes connection between cheese and whey, states that workforce all women at one time, mentions improvement in hygiene in factory. Briefly mentions dairies closing during Second World War, members of Stilton Association becoming local councillors. Talks about fox hunting, providing Stilton sandwiches for the hunt.
Place of birth: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Manager of Stilton cheese dairy
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Melton Mowbray
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Language: English

Recording Date: 24/3/1988
Playing time: 34 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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