A statue commemorating Bagworth mine, 1825-1991, and Desford mine, 1901-1984.
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Click to hear sound clip of Mr Bancroft (b.1900), recorded in 1989. Ref: 059 MA200/060/060
Mr Bancroft: In fact the Countess of Warwick at one time, when I were a kiddy, most of Main Street belonged to her.
Interviewer: Where did they live?
Mr Bancroft: Who, The Countess of Warwick?
Mr Bancroft: Warwickshire I should think, I don’t know. She used to come about twice a year down to The Plough, the pub, for the rent, in the car.
Interviewer: Did they own quite a lot of Bagworth altogether then?
Mr Bancroft: Well at that time of day there were only Main Street at Bagworth. I can remember most of the houses being built. There were two rows of old colliery houses opposite Bagworth colliery but there weren’t many more houses, only just the farm houses, different farm houses, yeah.
Interviewer: But did most people go to work in the pit then?
Mr Bancroft: Yes, practically, practically all the people worked in the pit, there weren’t many as didn’t work in the pit in the village. There might have been a few, but not many.
Interviewer: And what work was there for women to do?
Mr Bancroft: None at all. Not to my knowledge were there. Unless they went Leicester - they used to go Leicester ain’t they? They used to go on train to Leicester, the ladies, the girls. No work in Bagworth until the Precision Rubbers were built. They brought a bit of work, that’s all.
Interviewer: You’ve got two pubs here, or did you, you said..
Mr Bancroft: There were three.
Interviewer: Three, in a very small..
Mr Bancroft: The Main that’s still going down at the bottom, and then there were The Barrel on the corner just at the top up here, and then down that little lane there were The Plough.