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Res.1.9 Female resident, 65 yrs, married, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 1 February 1961

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Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/9

Scope and Contents

INTVEE is married and lives with her husband and daughter in a four apartment flat in a three storey block bounded by the railway and Ainslie Park School. INTVER thinks the houses look well kept but a space of derelict ground gives an appearance of neglect. She and her husband are very friendly with all the neighbours but although they might gossip and help each other they never go into each other's houses. Biggest expenditure is rent at 26/3d a week and coal, using three bags costing 27/-. She is not looking forward to the smokeless zone because she has heard that smokeless fuel is less efficient. They get up about 8.30am and have tea and toast in bed then porridge. Shopping is done in the mornings. Generally have soup for lunch. Tuesday she goes to the Baptist Church Mothers' meetings. Other afternoons she might visit family in Leith. She thinks complaints about lack of amenities are nonsense and that there are lovely walks in Davidson's Mains and Cramond. In the evening they have their one big meal of the day and watch television. She likes her flat and isn't keen to move even though it is a bit big now that most of her children have moved out. She reads a lot and likes the Peoples Friend and the Evening News but can no longer afford the Sunday paper. They had previously lived in Seafield which she found friendly but overcrowded. She had to walk even further for shops - into Restalrig. There was more work in the old house - the fireplaces had to be blackened, more washing and scrubbing. She found it difficult to adjust to the new house in Pilton which although bigger had less to do. She had felt lonely when they first moved as the tenements are smaller. Her mother lived with them for a while but eventually returned to Leith.
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Dates

  • Other: 1 February 1961

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