Nora Reiger recalls working at the stables in Oadby in the 1940s.
East Midland Oral History Archive
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When I left school I went into Denman’s shoe factory, big place in Oadby, in the warehouse, you know, packing shoes up and… I didn’t like it at all. Well, Dad worked as a groom then for this Mrs Humes, in Oadby, and I thought, I wouldn’t mind a job like that, you know. So I said to Dad, I said, do you want a groom or anything Dad, and he said well I’ll ask her, Mrs Humes, if she wants one, well she did, and of course I went there. How many horses did she got?... five in the stables, and got two Shetland ponies in the field, you know, for kids to ride on, and some more horses in a field. And of course you had to get them ready for people who went hunting, like Worthingtons who came up. They’d got their own horses at livery there. And, you know, when they came back, mind you, they’d be filthy, you’d have to clean them all, you know, make them all nice again, get all the dirt off. It was a really super job though. Course you cleaned all the tack, polished everything up, it was a nice job that.