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Frank Alfred Gotts b 1894 - British Library recording (#083)

If you search the British Library records you can find some recordings of interviews done by Essex University as part of a research project on 'Experiences of Edwardian England.' One of the recordings consists of 9 CDs containing 10 hours of interviews with Frank Alfred Gotts, known as Alfred. He describes his life in Stepney as a child, living in Silver St, then Gold St. He talks about his grandparents being in charge of the horses for the night mail up to Ipswich and Colchester.

He's not very forthcoming about the names of his family, only referring to his son as ' the boy', and his daughter as ' the girl', and doesn't name his parents, though he lists his brothers as Mark, Joe, Fred, Ted, Sid, but doesn't name his sisters. He mentions that Ted had to go to an Industrial School in Manchester, where he stayed for seven years.

Alfred is #1666 from tree 083. My transcribing of the British Library transcript is in  the Blog: see link below.

8 Edwardian life of Frank Alfred 1666 Gotts

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