Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Hull, John Henry, 1900 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker, Window cleaner
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Brief description of Roseberry Streey School, Loughborough; anecdote of being told off by policeman. Brief run through of schools attended, starting work as clerk at Cliffords, solicitors. Anecdote about Dickie Clifford, who had one of only cars in town. Talks about stockings made at company factory, anecdote of missing nightdresses and thief. Describes pressing process, raising nap of underwear, work at Godkins (brief), Laceys where sulphur burnt to clean underwear, Celanese at Spondon [Derbyshire]; Clarkes dyers and finishers [Loughborough], hours, pay. Mentions Cottons patents machine, teaching Japanese, piecework, factory providing drinks in hot weather, nuisance of fluff. Describes meeting wife. Describes argument at trimmers' section of National Union of Hosiery, joining union, giving it up. Anecdote illustrating lack of health and safety. Mentions singing socially in local choir. Talks about travelling to Germany with Leicestershire regiment 1918-1920, anecdotes about escorting priosners during Second World War. Describes demobilisation ceremony at Ripon. Mentions accident while at Brush company, Loughborough, after war.
Place of birth: Loughborough, Leicestershire
Education: Roseberry Street School, Cobden Street School, Hickling School
Marital Status: , Children: Son: 1 Daughter: 1
Father's Occupation: Needlemaker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Loughborough
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 20/7/1988
Playing time: 56 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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