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Res.1.13 Female resident, 62 yrs, widowed, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 10 February 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/13

Scope and Contents

INTVEE is a widow and lives with her son and daughter, 34 and 33 yrs. She and her family used to live near Easter Road in two rooms but managed to get a corporation house in 1946. They had been on the list for 12 years. She would have preferred somewhere nearer town where there are more shops. She knows most of her neighbours and finds them friendly. Her rent is £1 6 3d a week for the four apartment house. She used to go to the school to pay the rent but now a man comes round to collect it. Coal is a big expense - two or three bags a week. She draws a widow's pension. Her son and daughter both pay her £3 a week. INTVER asks whether she had ever had any assistance and quotes her as saying "No, I dinnae go near that", she gives no reason but INTVER thinks it is because she fees it would be some form of disgrace. She doesn't think there is any difference in friendliness of neighbours between here and previous neighbourhood. The rent had been a big step up from 5/6d a week in previous house to 14/- a week here. She finds the house easy to run but a bit damp and cold. She likes watching the television but thinks the adverts are terrible. She only has it on at night, never during the day. She reads the Evening News but no other paper. She doesn't want to join any clubs which the INTVER attributes to a fear of the unknown. She has not been to church since she was a child. The church had not helped her mother and she thought it only helped those who went begging, moreover Sunday is the only day she could get a lie in. However she thinks the minister up at the white church is a very pleasant man.

INTVER thought she had not been able to get to know the INTVEE in the hour and half long interview and that there was nothing of great interest in what she said. Describes her as reserved. INTVER would have liked to have spoken more to her about the impact of widowhood. Kinship diagram included.


  • Other: 10 February 1961

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