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Res.3.2 Married couple waiting to be re-housed, male interviewer, 1 May 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/3/2

Scope and Contents

INTVEEs live with their 3 children in one room in a basement flat in the town centre for which they pay about £4 a month. They are looking forward to having 4 rooms in their new place and perhaps even a garden. Husband is quoted as saying "a room I can go into and be quiet when I come in". They don't like the flats in Muirhouse as there are too many children. They have been asked to sign a form saying if they go to the house any accidents to them or the children will not be held against the corporation. They have refused to sign it. INTVER is not sure if this means they have still been offered a key. They don't want to get into hire purchase debt for furniture. Male INTVEE hands over all but £1 of his 30/- wage to his wife, he keeps money for cigarettes. He used to drink in the Excell Bar at Fountainbridge before it shut, now he drinks at the Bungalow. When they move he will drink in the Doo'cot and is quoted as saying "it's a good pub, they've got a good bar there". They're both Catholics, when he was in England working and lost his wallet and packed in his job loading bricks, because Pakistanis and Indians were getting paid more to unload them at the other end, he went to the Catholic church and they helped get him back to Edinburgh. Female INTVEE had one child at Simpsons, one child "upstairs" [possibly hotel above their flat] attended by the GP and a Queen Nurse from Castle Terrace and a third child at Elsie Inglis. She preferred Elsie Inglis because they didn't make her stay in bed, they let you get up when you wanted. You had the babies with you and gave you a sleeping draught at night so if the baby cried you didn’t hear it. A nurse might wake you up or take the baby to the nursery to feed it. If they had space and proper services it would be nice to have a baby at home.


  • Other: 1 May 1961

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