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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWright, Mrs Elsie and Lewcock, Mrs Connie
Ref No8SUF/B/146
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 31
Date15 Apr 1977
Extent51:36 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 66 Halside Road, Cowpen Estate, Blyth, Northumberland.

Interview summary:
Mrs Wright is the daughter of Joss Craddock, the miner who helped Mrs Lewcock in her militancy. How Mrs L refused Joss's offer of marriage. Joss Craddock's physical strength as a young man. Mrs Wright is Joss Craddock's niece whom he adopted when living with a woman who was already married. How he brought up Mrs W. His forthrightness. Joss's relationship with his mother. His carelessness with clothes and possessions. His taste for reading. How he defended Mrs L at suffrage meetings. His loyalty to the Labour Party later in life, and firm repudiation of religion. His skill at poaching a rabbit, and then cooking it. His education and attendance at Socialist Sunday School. His knowledge about the countryside. Standing on his head in his seventies. A tough man, keen on his trade union. His fondness for children. How Mrs L planned the burning of Waterhouses station, and the police failure to catch her. Joss's sense of humour. How a woman defended Mrs L against violent hostility to the suffragettes. Joss's tastes in food. His ferrets. His attitude to women in the home in later life.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference Number145b
Tape 54
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