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Res.3.14 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 18 July 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/3/14

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Neighbourhood; employment and finance; local amenities; education: leisure; child rearing.

Neighbourhood: INTVEE describes the street as friendly and neighbours as helpful, no drunkenness or brawls. Her husband thinks the Doo'cot pub is rowdy.

House: INTVER describes the house as "very bare, the wallpaper dirty and torn, scanty and shabby furniture with bright pink lino from which the pattern has been largely rubbed off. There's an old TV and an old radio set". INTVEE complains of the lack of mod. cons. in particular the wash basin being over the bath in the bathroom. The family have been there three years having moved from Leith. INTVEE lives with her husband, five children, her teenage brother and, at the time of the interview, a sister and her baby although she is moving out soon to join her husband. It is a three room flat. She would like a bigger house but would not like to be in the high flats because of her fear of heights.

Employment and family finance: Fourteen or fifteen wives out of the 24 families are working, mostly part-time , morning or evening office cleaning. She pays several shillings a week into a clothing club for the children. The rent is 23/1 and she needs a pound a day to feed the family which she often doesn't have. It is generally four pounds a week for rent, gas, coal and electricity. Harrington observes that she is the first women she has met who adhere to the old Scottish pattern of the wife getting the unopened pay packet and giving pocket money to her husband.

Local amenities: INTVEE complains about the lack of shops and it is worth taking a bus trip to Leith where the shops are cheaper. She used the launderette by the Doo'cot but since it closed she hires one of the washing machines that are brought round by vans.

Education: INTVEE also complains about the lack of choice of Catholic schools. The family have an annual education endowment policy for each child to get something at fifteen which she hopes will buy tools for the boys and pay for comptometer operating or typing lessons for the girls.

Leisure: INTVEE enjoys reading, mainly adventure stories - Rider Haggard, Zane Gray, Conan Doyle. Her love of reading came from her grandfather who would read her Walter Scott. On the television she enjoys watching wild life series.

Child rearing: INTVEE likes the health visitors but would consult her mother before consulting them. She smacked her children and was happy for them to play in the street of the stair. Reference to her son's imminent circumcision operation.

Religion: INTVEE converted to Catholicism on marriage. She has no regrets and find more positive satisfaction from Catholicism. Her image of Protestantism is formality, convention and snobbishness. You can go to Catholic church any time and just as you are.


  • Other: 18 July 1961

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