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    • Interview with John and Sarah Meredith

    • Meredith, John (Jack); Meredith, Sarah;
    • John outlines childhood on the canals at Wolverhampton, lack of schooling. Describes wedding in 1937, work for Fellows, Morton & Clayton in Black Country, cargoes, horse, rates of pay. Talks about going through locks at Foxton, Leicestershire....
    • Animals; Transportation; Work; World War II; Clothing; Family; Food; Childhood;
    • Interview with Vera Hall

    • Hall, Vera
    • Recalls her childhood in Aylestone and Belgrave and some major events that happened. Recalls her grandfather and the lack of state welfare for the elderly and sick. Recalls the introduction of the old age pension in 1908 and the end of the First...
    • World War I; World War II; Leisure; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with Frank Brooks

    • Brooks, Frank
    • Recalls his early family life in Leicester. Describes the house they lived in, including the domestic equipment, childhood games and Sunday school outings. Describes bombing and effects of bombing in Leicester during the Second World War.
    • Childhood & youth; Play (Recreation); Sunday schools; Aerial bombings;
    • Interview with F. Bailey

    • Bailey, F.
    • Recalls her childhood in the Belgrave district of Leicester at the turn of the 19th/20th century, including the trams. Talks about her father's work at the pumping station, mother's work as a home worker, seaming socks and gloves, the animals that...
    • Childhood & youth; Animal husbandry; City & town life; Employment;
    • Interview with Fred Mansell

    • Mansell, Fred
    • Recalls childhood and education. Talks about first job in a hosiery warehouse. Describes joining Leicester City Transport as a tram conductor in 1946, then becoming a tram driver. Describes the work and different tram routes. Also recalls different...
    • Work; Transportation; Childhood & youth; Hosiery industry;
    • Interview with Mr and Mrs Mitchelson

    • Mitchelson, M.; Mitchelson F.;
    • Joint interview with husband and wife. Mr Mitchelson recalls moving from Bourne in Lincolnshire to Leicester to find work. Describes the poverty he experienced as a child after his father was killed during the First World War, including ' living...
    • Work; Poverty; Health; World War II; Leisure; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with W. G. Johnstone

    • Johnstone, W.G.
    • Recalls his childhood as the son of a regular soldier, first in South Africa then India. Recalls George V and Queen Mary visiting India in 1912. Describes returning from India with his mother to Norwich, at the start of the First World War, when...
    • Work; Travel; Transport; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with Joan Stewart

    • Stewart, Joan
    • Recalls childhood in the Belgrave area of Leicester during the 1930s. Gives memories of Belgrave, including views of the community and local factories. Recalls holiday and excursion destinations and the poor transport. Describes games and pastimes...
    • Education; Holidays; Leisure; Entertainment; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with Arthur Boyall

    • Boyall, Arthur
    • Recalls childhood and early working life in West End of Leicester. Describes games played as a child. Recalls family meals and father being in the military. Describes school and curriculum. Describes the housing in Rowan Street and the...
    • Work; Holidays; Entertainment; Transportation; Housing; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with George Clay

    • Clay, George
    • Recalls childhood and early family life in Leicester. Talks about delivering to Braunstone Hall and work as a delivery boy. Recalls Oadby and what it was like as a village. Describes work in the fish market in detail and man skinning rabbits....
    • Food; Work; Childhood & youth;
    • Interview with Blanche Edith Harrison

    • Harrison, Blanche Edith
    • Outlines background of family in Leicester - politically to the left, Methodist. Recalls washday, mother taking in extra laundry. Describes interior of grandmother's home, briefly recalls family buying house under 'Sutton Trust'. Brief mention of...
    • Childhood; Marriage; Transportation; Work; World War II;
    • Interview with Matilda Hopkins

    • Hopkins, Matilda
    • Describes childhood in travelling family, father dealing in scrap iron, caravan, horses. Relates meeting husband in Leicester, marrying. Recalls hiding under table during air raids [Second World War], not liking rationing, Americans buying women...
    • Childhood & Youth; Death; Health; Work; World War II;
    • Interview with an anonymous male born in Leicester

    • Anon
    • Describes childhood games in Filbert Street area of Leicester. Recalls Sawday Street School, childhood illnesses and remedies, washdays, cooking, listening to the radio, leaving area because cooling towers built and children advised to leave due to...
    • Childhood; Entertainment; Events; Health; Housing; Transportation; Work;
    • Interview with Reginald Barnett

    • Barnett, Reginald
    • Talks about childhood working with father on Manchester Ship Canal; working on diesel powered boat after Second World War. Speculates on how tradition of decorating boats started. Mentions Middlewich junction, older people talking about better days...
    • Childhood; Transportation; Work;
    • Interview with C. Martin

    • Martin, C.
    • Describes the Leadenhall Street and Belgrave Gate areas of Leicester from 1910, including conditions in the home, and utilities, barges and trams. Recalls school, the First World War, Coronation of George VI, the cinema and magic lantern shows.
    • City & town life; Childhood & youth; Education; War; Coronations;
    • Interview with Olive Rudkin

    • Rudkin, Olive
    • Recalls early life in Belgrave area of Leicester. Describes the housing and everyday life in the area. Mentions children's play, school, pawning clothes, health care and days out in the countryside. Describes in detail work in the hosiery industry.
    • City & town life; Childhood & youth; Play (Recreation); Pawnshops; Health; Hosiery industry;
    • Interview with Beryl Fall

    • Fall, Beryl
    • Recalls her education in Leicester between the wars. Describes in detail a small private school she attended with her sister in Stretton Road, run by two ladies. Continues by recalling her education at Hinckley Road Elementary school and then King...
    • Education; World War II; Food; Work; Leisure;
    • Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Hall

    • Hall, Iris; Hall, Mr.
    • Recalls life in the West Short Street area of Leicester from the 1930s. Describes the housing and living conditions of this slum area and how neighbours supported one another. Describes preparations for Christmas, playing childhood games and...
    • Slums; City & town life; Housing; Health; Neighbors;
    • Interview with Daisy Houghton

    • Houghton, Daisy
    • Briefly recalls childhood in Lincoln, after her mother died. Describes going into domestic service with her twin sister at fourteen years old in a village outside Lincoln. Details the harsh conditions they experienced, the work they had to do and...
    • Work;


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