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Full Reference Details: An Oral history interview with John & Pearl Baker
John & Pearl Baker
An Oral history interview with John & Pearl Baker
Photograph taken by Oral Historian Roger Kitchen during the interview
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors John & Pearl Baker.
Publication Date 09/02/2005
Landshape Zone Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish Swadlincote and surrounds
Location The National Forest Company, Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BD
Event Start Date 1915
Event End Date 2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company
Reference LANt006
Detailed Description What was it like to grow up in the Swadlincote area during the first half of the 20th century? Listen to John & Pearl Baker's memories of childhood homes without indoor toilets or running water. John tells us about his first job in the pipeyards and how his wife Pearl, introduced him to Eatough's shoe factory where he worked for almost 40 years. John and Pearl share memories of childhood walks to Bretby and fondly recall their 'courting days' there. Listen to reminiscences of high days and holidays including the Easter Fair at Gresley Common, the August Bank Holiday Fair at the Swadlincote Engine Ground, the Whitsuntide Carnival and the Moira Wakes. John & Pearl have witnessed many changes in the local landscape during over 90 years of life in The National Forest area, and they both agree that the creation of the Forest has brought about "a marvellous improvement all round" in areas that used to be covered in the scars of old mine and clay holes. The transcript of the full interview is available to read with this contribution, whilst the audio file is a small clip taken from the original recording.

Subsidary Data for Heard, Written and Remembered
Type Verbal Recollections