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1148, LO/495/445
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: West, John Ernest William, 1908 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery mechanic
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Outlines family background as hosiery workers. Describes premises, products at Yate's hosiery, Leicester. Names directors, other factories in county, machines used. Describes conditions, takeover by Poole Lorrimers, various machines such as the Barrow Pearl. Talks about work as mechanic, men and women's jobs, overhead shafts and pulleys. Mentions products made during Second World War. Reflects sadly on move from Millstone Lane premises, demise of Yates, destruction of machines.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: All Saints Church School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe worker
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery outworker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 9/8/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 13 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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