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Res.2.6 Two married couples, early forties, corporation tenants, female interviewer, 17 March 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/2/6

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Living accommodation; local amenities; neighbourliness; health.

Living accomodation: Both families interviewed had been in the area about 8 years and are neighbours in a six-flat block. They complained of the damp present in the houses when they first moved in and of the low standard of work - washbasins and doors had to be replaced. Rents were 25/- when they moved in and were now 32/5. Fireplaces give out a lot of smoke.

Local amenities: The local shops have only been up for two years, when they first moved there were none, the promised playing fields have not materialised. They wanted the Doo'cot [monument not pub] to be demolished as all the kids congregated there. The pub itself was described as quite disgusting with drunks and fights, the interviewee preferred the pub in Davidson's Mains.

Neighbourliness: It had been the practice for neighbours to invite each other round for morning coffees and teas but declining now with more women going out to work. "The Coronation had occurred very soon after the families moved in and there was joint celebration with dining tables brought out to the top common landing and a great banquet put on." Interviewees paid an annual subscription to the community association but did not attend. One woman had come from Slateford and misses it but her family would not dream of returning to the poor conditions there. It was help with nappy drying that had started the close friendship between the families.

Health: One woman breast feeding a one month old baby. Reference to anxiety and loneliness on moving to the district and recurrent mild depression when husband working away.


  • Other: 17 March 1961

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