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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Edna Huges
Edna Hughes
An Oral History interview with Edna Huges
Photograph of Edna Hughes taken during the Oral History interview
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen
Publication Date 14/04/2005
Landshape Zone Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish Ibstock
Location Ibstock, Leicestershire,
Event Start Date 28/03/1925
Event End Date 14/04/2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company
Reference LANt032
Detailed Description In this captivating recording meet a remarkable lady from Ibstock. Edna Hughes well remembers playing games such as ??tick, snobs and hopscotch?down Meadow Row? and going ?door knocking??[We] tied two doors together and knock each door?. One of eight children, Edna recalls ?Me mum used to have two or three washing days a week cos there?s that big a family ? and it used to be the dolly pegs and tubs ? no electric washer?it were a hard life I tell yer ? and you had to pull your weight?. Listen to Edna?s memories as she reminisces about her teen years and how she spent her weekends with her friend Edie Whitby ?Saturdays and Sunday ? it all depended ? you know, mostly Saturday night, cos you hadn?t got money to go anywhere ? pictures or anywhere, so that?s where we used to go, down Ibstock ? monkey parading? and find out more about her job as a platelayer for British Rail during the war ?We used to walk?from Ellistown Pit down to Thornton Bridge ? and we used to go putting sleepers in?we used to do all the maintenance ? taking the plates off, oiling them, putting them back?and do the whole length both ways?I was never so happy as I were when I went on the railway?. 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