Food

Stedman, Ronald (5 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:30:09

  • Shelf mark

    C821/30

  • Subjects

    Meat industry

  • Recording date

    1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London

  • Interviewees

    Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: Tape 3 Side A. Fire story cont. Weekly ‘opening medicine’, liquorice powder, threatened with cane unless they swallowed it. Single occasion when RS (aged about 10 or 11) was disciplined by father. RS’s punishment, no member of family speaking to him for a month and no pocket money. No formal sex education. Father asked man to tell RS something about sex whilst RS on holiday aged approx 16; man gave him information which RS knew to be wrong – details – effect on RS and his sister. Parents went to bed every Sunday afternoon, otherwise never showed any affection. Attitude then to fidelity in marriage, divorce strictly for the rich. Effect of religious teaching on sexual behaviour – social disgrace of pregnancy out of wedlock – changes in morals brought about by WW2. Details of interior of Herne Hill House – description of kitchen range and its uses. Filling coal-scuttles from cellar. RS’s dislike of cellar, no electricity so had to take a candle – cold and damp. No central heating in house, ice inside window in winter, hot-water bottles in bed. Coal fire in living-room but never in bedroom except in case of illness. Father’s pay-packet lasted from Monday to Friday – RS determined when still a boy that he would never be in that state financially when an adult. Has memory of father losing his job, details of father’s nervous breakdown, effect on RS of seeing father in tears, his pity for his parents’ lack of money. Father employed by Thomas Wallis of High Holborn in early ‘thirties in silk department. Many people sacked as result of stock exchange crash. Rent of house 83 Dallyel Road, Brixton was 12/6d a week. Move to Thornton Heath, two years there and then to Brixton.

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