LANt007 Monica Hudson
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Monica Hudson talks about her earliest memories of life in the
Swadlincote area of The National Forest, recalling the "yellowish
swirling smog" from the Potteries' salt glazing and coal-fired
smoke from "every chimney that worked". Monica tells us
of her family's long association with the mining industry through
the almost 400 years of service given by her father, grandfather,
husband and other male family members. Find out about the health
hazards and dangerous working conditions faced by miners - many
of the men would "spit over the hedge" to get rid of the
black dust in their lungs! You will hear the warmth in Monica's
voice as she reacalls the fascinating story of her grandfather's
roses and how 'fire damp' kept them blooming regardless of the time
of year, and how 'the menfolk' would spend a lot of time in gardens
and allotments. "Sharpes toilets are all over the world"...
but what's Sharpes? Listen to Monica and find out more.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish: Swadlincote and surrounds
Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire,
Date of birth: 1941
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.