Neville-Rolfe, Lucy (1 of 25).  Tesco - an Oral History

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    The British Library

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  • Subjects

    Retail trade and distribution; Supermarkets

  • Recording date

    2005-04, 2005-08-11, 2005-10-15, 2006-06-30, 2007-01-25, 2007-04-12, 2007-11-02, 2008-02-08, 2008-10-17

  • Interviewees

    Neville-Rolfe, Lucy, 1953- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: [Tape 1 Side A] [Session one: April 2005] Lucy Neville-Rolfe (LNR) born in Wiltshire on 2 January 1953. Origin of name Neville-Rolfe: Rolfe – Norfolk gentry. LNR is third of 5 children. Maternal grandparents. Describes maternal grandfather who was from Wales: became barrister, eventually became Civil Servant due to deafness. Maternal grandmother, from large engineering family. How they met – grandmother lived until 101. Maternal grandparents lived in Essex. Maternal grandparents home. Grandfather’s interest in modern art. Fabric in house. Smell in house. Spare room. Aunt lived with grandmother. Talks about collection of Staffordshire china: twelve apostles. Antique furniture. Victorian silverware. Visiting during summer holiday. LNR enjoying the china as a child. Her uncle Adrian Stokes was member of Royal Academy. Grandfather taking LNR to view Uccello painting at National Gallery. Describes her grandfather – his character. Maternal grandmother’s Catholic religion – impact of her religion on her character. Grandmother’s medal from the Pope. Going to Mass with her grandmother. Clothes worn to Mass. LNR impression of the Priest. Grandfather’s Anglican beliefs. Describes Sunday with Grandparents: breakfasts, church. Describes Sunday lunch. Describes dining table. Guests at Sunday lunch; discussion at lunch. Reading The Sun newspaper. Her grandmother’s political views; reasons for supporting Labour. Her uncle was Labour MP. Describes her uncle – his engineering background in Ipswich: the Stokes mortar. Her uncle’s death (Richard Stokes) – his campaigns against Soviet repatriation in 1945.

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    Life story interview with Lucy Neville-Rolfe (1953-), former executive director of Tesco.

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