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Res.1.10 Female resident, 72 yrs, widowed, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 1 February 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/10

Scope and Contents

INTVEE lives with her two sons in a three apartment house on the first floor of a three storey tenement. They have been in the house for 18 years and previously lived in Wardieburn having been moved there from Leith under the slum clearance scheme. They had moved to Granton after her husband died and thought it was much more respectable, there had been a lot of fighting on the stairs in Wardieburn. Her neighbours here are all very pleasant. One of her sons was decorating the bedroom with a new wooden pelmet and new wallpapers but INTVER describes the other rooms as scruffy. The sitting room is described as being full of furniture - a big sideboard, three piece suite, large dining table, radiogramme. There are photographs on the walls and a framed quote "Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday". The floor is covered in patterned lino and mats. INTVER thinks the house looked rather poor but not poverty stricken and the bedroom does not contain the knick knacks expected in an elderly woman's bedroom. She does not have any visitors except her married daughter, she goes to no clubs or church. She goes to Leith twice a week for shopping. She uses two bags of coal a week. She gets a pension and £3 a week from each of her sons. The rent is 24/4d. She puts 2/6s aside a week for electricity. Her husband was gassed twice during the First World War and received a disability pension. She had worked up to the age of 60. She does not believe in labour saving devices as these make you fat. She's never used a hoover or a washing machine. She enjoys needle work and watches the television every night, especially boxing and cowboy films. She doesn't go to church, you need clothes to go to church, thinks there are a lot of hypocrites and she might be sworn at for not wearing a hat. INTVER quotes her as saying "I will say, at the Catholics you're welcome even in rags".

Interviewer's thoughts: Thinks INTVEE is a very active and independent woman who would not fit into club life except perhaps as an organiser. Proud to be from Leith.

Kinship diagram included.


  • Other: 1 February 1961

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