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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleSchofield, Mrs Alice
Ref No8SUF/B/153
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 32
Date9 May 1977
Extent38:07 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Alice Schofield
DescriptionInterview took place at Thornville, 1 Alkrington Green, Middleton, Lancs. Interviewee is the sister-in-law of Alice Schofield-Coates. Also see related interviews [8SUF/B/041, 8SUF/B/042, 8SUF/B/142].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Alice Schofield-Coates's family background and personal history. From a poor family, raised by an aunt. Went to London but when forcibly fed recuperated with Alice Schofield. Married Charlie Coates. Well spoken and beautiful. She and Mrs Pankhurst addressed open air meetings in Middleborough. Her mother disagreed with her. A teacher in Manchester, then a councillor and J.P. Visited in Middlesborough by the Pankhursts, Pethick-Lawrence and Despard. Charlie Coates attractive and wealthy. When he went bankrupt, Alice Schofield's husband helped financially.

15:00 mins:
Alice Schofield Coates was friends with Ellen Wilkinson and Emily Davison in Manchester. Always Labour. Charlie Coates a generous tipper, pompous and a prominent Labour supporter. She had no idea of money. At Charlie's bankruptcy, let house and moved into a bigger one. Took in paying guests, but she had most of the house and still expected breakfast in bed. Very fond of Alice Schofield's husband. Interested in clothes. Lillie Lenton rebuked Alice Schofield for wearing a fur and leather shoes.

30:00 mins:
Attended Mrs Pankhurst's meetings. Alice Schofield Coates's brother Bob died of TB; another, Jim, had a stroke and could not talk properly. Alice Schofield's husband, Al, gassed in the war and died at the age of 63. Alice Schofield Coates's children angry that her extravagant tastes persisted after she was bankrupt.
Related Record8SUF/B/041
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 57
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