Friday, 20 April 2012

Brookhouse St

Looking towards Brookhouse St
Noreen Jones (nee O’Neill) came over in 1947 looking for work. She shared a flat on Saxby St. with a friend, Kathleen who she had met at work: they had one bedroom between them and shared a kitchen and bathroom with the family who lived there. They later moved to 19 Upper Tichbourne St. where they had more room with 2 rooms and a kitchen. When Kathleen married and moved out Noreen moved out to a ground floor flat on Brookhouse St.
She met Roy Jones, a Leicester man and married on Feb 3 1951 at Holy Cross Church. Roy had been baptised at the church the year before.
The former Cherub Building, Charles St. now the Foister Building appartments.

Noreen worked wherever she could and remembers that there was plenty of it. She worked at Cherub’s in Charles St, Moody’s  in Granby St, Puck boutique and finally worked at the County Council where she stayed until she retired.

Thanks to Colin Hyde for the photos: East Midlands Oral History Archive

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