Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Hoden, Emily, 1908 - , Interviewee, Female, Farm work; Shop work/home help;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life and the family's many moves around rural Leicestershire in the early decades of the 20th century. Mentions her father's army service during the First World War. Describes her father fetching a doctor from another village and the food she ate as a child, in particular the puddings her mother made. She also recalls the tramps she saw as a child and describes the Gipsies that camped in Green Lane between Hugglescote and Nailstone. Gives detail of Hugglescote and Odstone villages. Recalls leaving school at 13 years of age to work on a farm and her jobs of egg collecting and milk cooling. After moving to another farm describes work in Hugglescote post office. Describes visit to the cinema, other entertainments and going on holiday to Blackpool for a week. Describes her wedding and the effects of ill health she suffered whilst her husband was abroad during the Second World War. Mentions the Coalville nursing home.
Place of birth: Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire
Education: Nailstone school; (left school age 13)
Marital Status: Married, Children: sons: 3
Father's Occupation: Farm labourer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Huggescote, Odstone, Coalville,
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 24/9/1990
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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