Monday, 30 April 2012

Hobart St

John Morton with his Uncle Sean, Eamon's brother, on Confirmation Day.  4 Hobart St, 1965.

Eamon Morton came from Lisnarkea, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland. He had come over first to Leicester, then to Northampton and back to Leicester in 1955 where he met Patricia Bradley at a St Peters dance. He was living at 14 Gotham St.

Patricia Morton (nee Bradley) came from Co. Derry, N. Ireland. She came to Leicester with her friend, Peggy Brady in May 1956. Her brother was already here at 12 Tichbourne St where he had a flat and he got the girls a room there too. They got work straight away at Imperial typewriters but Patricia remembers missing home and her family. 

Tichbourne St

Patricia and Eamon  got married at Holy Cross Church in 1958 and Patricia moved into Gotham street for a few months until they bough their first house at 4 Hobart St. It was a big house with a cellar and an attic and cost them under £2000.

Patricia carried on working at Imperial Typewriters until the birth of their first child. They had 4 children altogether, two boys and two girls.

Eamon worked for John Laing, often doing 100 hrs per week on the new M1. 
Hobart St today.
Thanks to Colin Hyde for the modern day photos: East Midlands Oral History Archive

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1 comment:

  1. Robert Fallon author.24 May 2012 at 09:06

    Robert Fallon
    I find Linda's writing on behalf of the Irish community in Leicester very interesting and a credit to her.Please give her support by sending her your family history.Like all writers positive feedback is appreciated,From Robert Fallon author of the Sassenach From Ireland.