Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Bradshaw, William Ernest, 1911 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Breif family background in Coalville area, Leicestershire. Describes how grandmother laid out corpses, obtained death certificates, arranged church services, prepared funeral meal. Mentions local communities' attitudes to grandmother's work, briefly describes horse drawn hearses. Talks about local undertakers and changes in service, difficulties of removing bodies from upstairs rooms. Mentions arrangements for stillborn babies, suicides, non-conformists. Recalls Independent Order of Racobites providing bearers for funerals, people sometimes going into debt to pay for funeral.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Blacksmith
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 15/2/1989
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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