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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleSmith, Mr & Mrs Leslie
Ref No8SUF/B/086
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 18
Date16 May 1976
Extent58:58 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Leslie Smith and Margaret Wintringham
DescriptionInterview took place at The Orchard, 10 Sandy Lane, Tealby, Lincoln LN8 3YD. Interviewee is the employee of Margaret Wintringham. Also see other interviews related to Wintringham [8SUF/B/077, 8SUF/B/086, 8SUF/B/105, 8SUF/B/112].


0:00 mins: Leslie Smith's work as a gardener and chauffeur in Louth, Little Grimsby and Tealby. His life on Margaret Wintringham's estate. Margaret Wintringham's qualities as an employer. Her strong mindedness. Her Yorkshire origins and work as a school teacher. Meeting her husband. Her devotion to nursery education especially for the poor. Her fondness of children and not having any of her own. Opening her nursery school in Louth and subsequent advisory work. Her love of gardening, especially flowers. Her move to live in Tealby. Margaret Wintringham's involvement with the county council and Women's Institute (WI). Her liberal politics in a conservative locality. Her movement from the Congregational Church and into Christian Science. Her close friendship with Nancy Astor, the first woman Member of Parliament (MP). Nancy Astor's visits, personality and relation with the local press.

15:00 mins: Margaret Wintringham as a tea-totaller. Her terrible driving. Her domestic help and relationships with staff. Her peculiarities. Her ability to talk to people from all social classes. Her co-operative approach. Her lack of practical sills. Her presidency and membership of the Women's Institute (WI). Her maternal relationship to one of her live-in servants. Her organisation of the house and domestics.

30:00 mins: Margaret Wintringham's sense of humour. Driving with Leslie Smith to meetings in Lincoln. Her work for the Women's institute (WI). Being a good speaker and mixer. Her kindness to the Smith family including inviting them to her flat in London for the Festival of Britain. Her interest in the Smith children. Her kindness and generosity to villagers. Her friendliness, including with conservatives. Her beautiful house. Her failure in elections and disappointment. Her visitors and love of company.

45:00 mins: Margaret Wintringham's writing. Her personal appearance and dress. Leslie Smith's work in horticulture, food production and supplying school dinners. His Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification and future work as a trainer. Leslie Smith finishing working for Maragret Wintringham. Her move to Lincoln. Her retreat from public life. Her deteriorating health due to bronchitis. Her Christian Science beliefs precluding conventional medicine. Her devotion to and care of her mother, Mrs Longbottom. Mrs Longbottom's visits to Tealby. Margaret Wintringham's interest in her nieces. Her last days in a nursing home.

At 31.00 minutes Mrs Smith joins in. She leaves the room at 47.00 minutes and returns again at 54.00 minutes. There is a brief pause in recording at 52.00 minutes.
Related Record8SUF/B/077
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 28
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