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Res.1.16 Male resident, 67 yrs, married, corporation tenant, and his son, 20yrs, unmarried, male interviewer, 15 February 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/16

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Accommodation: INTVEE lives with his wife and two children, 20 and 19 yrs, on the top floor of a three storey block in Granton. It is a three apartment house built in 1938. It could have more cupboard space, the heating arrangement is fine. The son sleeps in the living room. INTVER comments that the house has a more middle class appearance than other houses - a tile fireplace in the living room, decorated with contemporary paper, large carpet on the floor, large radiogramme and a television. They have recently installed an immersion heater for hot water during the summer but are pleased with the back boiler in the coal fire. INTVER comments that the kitchen is small but has a proper washing machine.

Work at shipyards: Many men work until 70 year of age, during slack periods there is no discrimination against the older workers in fact it is usually the younger ones who are let go. The unions play no part in this. When you reach 65 they tell you that you can retire but don't encourage or discourage you to do so.

Leisure: INTVEE turned on television and INTVER comments that they had come across this before as a form of hospitality. People don't go into each other's houses as much as they did in Leith. INTVER suggests this might be related to poverty and INTVEE's wife agrees - they were more dependant on each other in the past. INTVEE's son thinks there is a lack of sports facilities, he remembers the police chasing them for playing on plots of ground. The playing fields at Gypsy Brae are too small and there are no showers. Sighthill has a proper pavilion. Not much for younger people, they sometimes went to the Palais or the Cavendish for dancing at week-ends. They used to go to Divono's for table tennis but it was a rowdy place and there were often fights. INTVEE's wife likes to watch television. She is a member of the Baptist Church.

Personal Finance: They pay 24/4d rent for the house which is cheaper than usual as they were classed as overcrowded to begin with. In 1938 it was 7/3d. Coal is a big expense, they get 2 and a half bags a week. Also pay for paraffin and electricity bill is usually £5 a quarter. They have never had more than one thing at a time on hire purchase. The salesmen are unscrupulous and make people get in more debt than they can afford.

Shops: INTVEE's wife finds it cheaper to go to Leith to shop. She thinks there is lack a of playcentres and not enough open space for the children. However she also thinks the children were very destructive, she had been verbally abused when she told some children to stop throwing swing seats up and winding them over the top.

Children: INTVEE's wife thinks children no longer know right from wrong and that difficulties arise because mothers and fathers are out working so much now. She thinks some parents give their children money for cigarettes. She thinks mothers don't care as much now, because they work they have money to spend and it is too easy to bribe children to go out or keep quiet. When she was 14 or 16 and went out to a dance she had to be back by 10pm. INTVEE's son thinks there has been a big change in gangs - they were bigger before and of mixed ages, now they are smaller and the older don't want to mix with the younger ones. He thinks television is making everyone want to act more grown-up. They do not think the area had a bad reputation.

A kinship diagram is included.


  • Other: 15 February 1961

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