Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Whitaker, Margaret Ellen, 1906 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Outlines father's move from farm to brickworks in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Brief mention of pet hedgehog eating cockroaches. Names siblings, childhood games, sweets. Brief sketch of father's family at Kirkby Mallory. Describes dinner taken to father at work, mother's work, not being allowed to waste food, teenage argument with father. Recalls first day at school, describes spelling bees. Outlines work at doll factory. Describes work at Cartwright & Warner's as runabout, row with managing director at Towles's. Mentions Bedeaux system at Wolsey, not enjoying work there or at Corah's where had to be willing to be searched. Talks about work as examiner at Wolsey, mentions only being at Corah's for a week. Mentions cost of food from Woolworths. Describes piece work at Hill & Pinkhurst, where enjoyed working but had to leave at Second World War.
Place of birth: Loughborough, Leicestershire
Education: To age 14
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Farmer, driver
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Loughborough
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 2/6/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 17 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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