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Res.2.23 Male resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 10 April 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/2/23

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Accommodation and outside space; community associations; pubs; food; leisure; television; money.

This interview was intended to be a group discussion with male residents but only one attended. INTVEE is married with children. He had grown up in Leith and Wardieburn before the Second World War and lived in Niddrie before moving to Muirhouse. He now lives in a five apartment corporation house. He thinks Niddrie is a rough area and has a much worse reputation than Pilton and Muirhouse. A friend who lives in Niddrie concealed their address when looking for a job, he doesn't think this happens in the Pilton area. He prefers the villa typed houses to the multi-storey blocks which look too much like barracks and lack variation. INTVER suggests Edinburgh people in general weren't brought up with gardens and do not know how to look after them. INTVEE disagrees but thinks on the whole people don't bother much about gardens, he doesn't have the time. He doesn't think Scottish people are bothered about having a separate living room and dining room, rooms better used as bedrooms. INTVER comments that he thinks it is more useful to have two rooms in the age of television as it tends to dominate a room, this could be got over by making bedrooms into bed sitting rooms. INTVEE prefers small pubs, he occasionally goes to the Doo'cot but it's much too overcrowded. Mostly he'll go out of the area, perhaps to Newhaven, but if he can't be bothered he'll go to the Duke. The beer is bad in the Anchor at Granton and it's a bit rough. Him and his wife say hello to their neighbours but don't bother too much with them. He thinks the community associations form into cliques and are not really interested in new members. You can now go into pubs with your wife, you couldn't do this before the war. He thinks there is some ruling that there shouldn't be too many pubs on estates. His 15 year old son goes out on his bike with his friends, he doesn't know where they go. Him and his wife don't go out together much, by the time the children were in bed, they couldn't be bothered. They go out separately, he stays in and looks after the children on a Thursday, he'll changed nappies and feed them. He wouldn't be seen out pushing a pram. He thinks the television is a blessing and a curse - it can rule the place and the children want it on at mealtimes. He really likes home made soup, not from a tin or packet. On Sundays they always have a joint and have their meal about 4pm. On weeknights their main meal is usually at 5pm. They have breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. The family budget is run by his wife. The INTVER thinks it strange that interviewee hasn't had a holiday in five years as he thinks he is earning quite well, thinks it must be more to do with habit. They go down to Cramond foreshore quite a bit in the summer. INTVER asks him if he thought of running a car and quotes his reply as "No, not on my wage". He buys furniture on hire purchase, it has been quite a change moving into a five roomed house. He identifies as working class but interviewer points out that he has a bank account and this could be a mark of being middle class. INTVEE thinks it is do with jobs but concedes there are some breaking down of class distinction and it is no longer as clear cut as it used to be. He dislikes the system of five doctors at the surgery and would prefer to always see the same doctor.

INTVER's thoughts: Thinks that the INTVWE lives a contended if somewhat dull life with no particular interests. He prefers a secure existence rather than ups and downs to look forward to.


  • Other: 10 April 1961

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