Joseph H. Armitage in Leeds - the 1920's, at night

from The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life, pages 178-179:

The city in the 1920s had many “Characters”. Most of them were harmless enough and caused no trouble to anyone. They were unemployable for various reasons both mental and physical and had no fixed homes [.]



The “Tin Whistle Man” was a tall old soldier who played a tin whistle at the Kirkgate entrance to the Market on Friday and Saturday nights. He was always accompanied by a very small old woman who held a tin mug for coppers for which they always said a polite “Thank you”. 

cite as

Joseph H. Armitage, The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life. In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:15, p. 178-179. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Leeds


Joseph H. Armitage
unskilled itinerant labourer

Listening to

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unspecified tin whistle tunes performed by Soldier

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:25:36 +0100
Approved on Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:14:55 +0100