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1181, LO/528/478/A
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Stacey, Hilda, 1901 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker; Needle maker; Women's Land Army
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood in Highfields area of Leicester; father a policeman, home remedies, food, father's duties. Mention of prostitution, lack of knowledge about sex, disapproval of unmarried couples living together. Brief mention of draymen having little money, St Peter's Church, bustle of area. States that soldiers home from First World War didn't mention the war, describes what happened when someone died. Brief description of Spinney Hill Park, park keeper being black. Recalls father loathing Germans before First World War, local men going to war, local pink crime sheet, lack of money; brief mention of film serial at Temperance Hall about life after the war. Mention suffragettes, father's newspaper [Daily Express] being worried. Describes Craven Arms pub which father ran, attitude to women drinking, drinks available. Mentions running the Greyhound at Billesdon with husband in 1929. Edna Alderwick [sister] then talks about haircuts and clothes of the 1920s/30s, getting married on spur of moment, being usherette at Palace theatre, shows at Theatre Royal. Hilda Stacey talks about being married, surviving with little money. Brief family background [related to William Lee, inventor of hand knitting frame]. Reflect that still feel need to economise.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Conduit Street school; Melbourne Road school;
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Policeman
Mother's Occupation: Washer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 15/2/1989
Playing time: 1 hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: LO/528/478/B & LO/153/104/A/B

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