Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Petty, Gladys May, 1917 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Faragher, V, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Brief mention of mistreatment at St John's School, Leicester. Describes work at Welford Manufacturing Company, Leicester, as runabout, lockstitch machinist; then at Bruce Ward's making babies' dresses. Talks about pay, hours, conditions as lockstitch machinist at Harrison & Hayes. Comments on good pay while at Welford Manufacturing Company, describes evening job as attendent at Theatre Royal. Mentions flirtations between men and women at Harrison & Hayes, boys being stripped when they started; brief memory of time and motion study. Mentions fighting for time off when husband home from leave during Second World War (WW2), having good relationship with bosses. Describes childhood chores, problems when left by mother to run house for a week (age 12), routine when living with mother during WW2. Describes holding two jobs, trying to do outwork for hosiery but it not paying due to distractions at home. Mentions dancing, fleas at the cinema, killing fleas in the home, head lice. Mentions the Boardman (truancy officer), making up excuses for being off school. Description of slaughterhouse opposte home, dislike of seeing animals killed.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: St John's School, King Richard's Road School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Mother's Occupation: Cleaner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 10/6/1988
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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