One of TV’s most common adverts today is Ray Winstone promoting, or advising safe gambling.

In 2013, it was found that the sports match betting industry was worth between £435bn-£625bn each.

This is no doubt due to the increase in ways in which people can actually bet.

TV’s, laptops, phones, all provide ways in which one can gamble. There have always been bookies, casinos, but not to the scale there is today, and this has no doubt changed people’s views on something which can become an addiction.

Take Miss Evelyn Briggs, born in 1890, to a quarry man, and a stay at home mother, she offers her insight on her relationship with gambling, or the lack of it.

Because of her father dying when she was eight, it meant Evelyn’s mother had to be more resourceful, both at home, and looking for work.

Here Miss Briggs offers some insight into what life was like for her mother.

Much like most children in those days, Evelyn, and her siblings had to seek additional employment, as well as contending with a traditional school life.

Throughout her life, Evelyn had been a well behaved person, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a few interesting stories to tell, particularly during her younger years.

Here she shows us what her school life was like, whilst giving us some insight into the antics her cousin used to get up to.

Of course, for a young child to have to both work, and go to school, life would have been very difficult.

It may have been something that affected a lot of children throughout England, let alone her household.

Here Evelyn shows the reasoning behind how she, and some of her families got additional work, and how her parents originally intended for something different.

It was Evelyn’s family that came to define her as a person.

Working with her family at the mill, giving her wage to her mother, spending time at Sunday school. All of it shaped her morals, and the good woman she became.

Evelyn highlights what their Sunday’s together were like.


To listen to the full interview with Miss Evelyn Briggs, please click here. You can also read a written summary of the interview (Miss Briggs summary), or a full transcript (Miss Briggs part 1, Miss Briggs part 2).

This blog post was kindly written by Craig Carroll, a volunteer at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre. Check out Craig’s other blog posts The Life of a Spinner and The Blackley Boy.