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Res.3.10 Female resident, 37 yrs, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 10 May 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/3/10

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INTVER describes the address as "the same drab mileau, the same kind of grubby stair". The INTVEEs husband has done extensive renovation inside. The bathroom is papered with pink roses, the paintwork is bright pink, the water system has been boxed in and the lavatory chain replaced with a knob. The kitchen has been lined with fitted cupboards and drawers and formica tops and painted blue. INTVER describes INTVEE as someone who "might well be regarded by her rather more refined neighbours as "rough". She has a very gruff voice and is rather awkward and gauche, but there is an undoubted sensitivity there". INTVEE moved to this house with her parents from Leith about 20 years ago. The rent then was 7/3d and is now 24/4d. She and her husband were on the housing list but tool over this house when her mother died. Sometimes she thinks this was not a good idea because of the memories. Her mother always wanted to go back to Leith. She thinks children were more tolerated there and is quoted as saying "Nobody had anything then, but they were happy. Always having fun. You know we had Hallowe'en parties and everybody joined in, all the stair and maybe half the street. Now everybody wants to know what everybody else has. Everybody has to go one better". She has not worked since she married but then she did she handed her whole wage packet to her mother. INTVER comments on the children being a source of arguments and muses that "when this of exposure through children is combined with the fear of exposure of the slum background, the combination but me a most powerful force in neighbourhood relationships".


  • Other: 10 May 1961

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