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1122, LO/469/419
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Bird, Francis William (Billy), 1924 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Talks about life working on Cream Lodge Farm, Barrow on Soar, Leicester. Describes daily routine, use of horses, crop rotation, first tractor (a Fordson), harvest, milking by hand and machine, calving, marketing and selling milk. Describes the farm and farmhouse, gaining electricity, getting along with the Quorn hunt (fox hunting). Mentions useful role of National Farmers' Union regarding finances and relations with ministeries. Talks about leisure, social life, meeting wife, Land Army girls and Prisoners of War on farm during Second World War. Mentions a couple of accidents, children always helping on farm.
Place of birth: Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire
Education: To age 14
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Mother's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Barrow on Soar
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 12/4/1988
Playing time: 46 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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