Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Scotchbrook, Alfred Lesley, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Farm labourer
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Explains that labour shortage at outbreak of First World War enabled him to be plough boy on farm at Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire. Describes work, technique of ploughing, other work on farm. Brief mention of selling rabbits, pumping bellows for church organ. Talks briefly about period in service in Narborough, Leicestershire, delivering milk, singing with Blaby male voice choir, courting with wife, wedding. Describes work at Stoughton Co-operative farms, anecdote of horse running off on milk round. Mentions foot and mouth at Wistow Grange, using fertiliser, harvesting and haymaking. Brief mentions of being caned at school, buying house in Kew Drive, Wigston Fields. Mentions living in tied cottage Burton Overy, being verger at church, driving cattle to market through Knighton, sheep being infected with maggots.
Place of birth: Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire
Education: Newton Harcourt Village School
Marital Status: Married, Children: Son: 1 Daughters: 2
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Burton Overy, Newton Harcourt, Stoughton
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 7/2/1989
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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