LANt001 Denis Baker
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Hear how Denis Baker's still got his marbles! Denis fondly remembers
his life in the Coalville area, and recalls happy memories of his
childhood - when the "industrial moonscape" of the "inevitable
colliery waste and railways" offered "a fantastic opportunity"
for a young Coalville lad to play. From camping out in the hawthorn
spinney behind the "Juncy" to long summer days exploring
the natural beauty of Charnwood Forest, Denis's memories offer a
whole new perspective of Coalville and the surrounding area. A well-known
and respected local historian, Denis shows his 'cheeky' self, sharing
stories of local gangs, the 'Forest Road Gang' and the 'Oxford Street
Gang', and of 'selling back' tennis balls to the more afluent members
of local society. Denis's enthusiasm for the future of the "new
woodland environment" allied to his fantastic knowledge of
local history is infectious!
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 08/02/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Location: Swannington, Leicestershire,
Date of birth:1930
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.