LANt021 Harry Whitworth
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Born and bred a Woodville lad, Harry Whitworth's story begins on
his Granny's farm, where he lives today 'I was actually born where
I am now. This was my Granny's farm'. Harry tells us about Dorothy
Poynton's dancing school in Box (Woodville) where he would dance
on a Tuesday evening for 'one and a tanner', he remembers the 'best
of the years, after the war. You hadna got to lock your door, you
could walk the roads, there were no fear of anybody getting owt
on yer'...except of course for the Roggin Row gang in Swad! Find
out about 'Fobbin' in the Sandholes, and discover what a Shonky
is and how to find Gobbins. Listen as Harry warmly recalls the camaraderie
of working in Granville Pit and tells us of 'the only time I were
ever frit' when he was involved in a collapse at the coal face.
Hear about Harry's love of mining despite the fact that 'You wanna
well paid duck'. Learn about the pit ponies who Harry describes
as 'characters' and meet Dime, the pit pony with a very special
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 08/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Location: Woodville, Derbyshire,
Date of interview: 1939
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.