Oral History collection: Fred Evans interviewed by Wyn Lewis about Life in Gower.

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  • Reference
      GB 216 D 56/13/36
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording on cassette; also digital copy in MP3 format

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:09] General Strike 1926: Speaks of violent disturbance on the Mumbles railway line. [00:01:18] Mumbles Railway Steam Train: Speaks of the station at the end of Oystermouth Road. [00:01:56] Dylan Thomas: Speaks of how Trafalgar Arch gave Thomas inspiration. [00:05:07] Gambling: Speaks of how people would gamble at the Pitch and Toss and the police's involvement. [00:06:26] Sunday School Outings: Various outings and how they would travel to said outings. [00:06:57] Coal Mining: Work that took place in coal shipping department. [00:07:59] Coal Trams: Speaks of all the coal trams and the work surrounding them. [00:08:32] Coal Ships: All the different ships that used to come and go from the docks from Scandinavia, Germany and Denmark. [00:12:00] Camping: Workers would spend weekends camping. Speaks of prices and the various activities. [00:14:13] Swansea Docks: Speaks of change and recites poem written about the changes. [00:20:47] Work and Unemployment: Speaks of mass unemployment in Swansea before WWII, and nepotism in the work place. [00:21:26] Tourism: Trips to London and Blackpool and their main attractions. [00:23:09] Literature: Comics, books and poetry popular before WWII. [00:23:47] Cinema: Pictures shown at the cinema. [00:24:04] Shops and social clubs: Speaks of the various pubs and the different shops and what they would sell. [00:25:00] LMS Barracks: Speaks of how Locomotive crews would stay over night and what was in the barracks. [00:25:33] Scouts: Prince of Wales visit. [00:27:10] Education: Speaks of schooling days and the various teachers. [00:28:22] Rugby: School rugby team and St Helens ground on International days. [00:28:56] Dancing: Various dances held at Swansea and the price of each dance and the music that was played.

Track 2. [00:00:20] The Second World War: Training camps. [00:02:24] The Second World War: View of the first attack on Dover. [00:05:18] The Second World War: Leisure for the soldiers. [00:09:47] The Second World War: Attack on Swansea.