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Res.3.24 Married couple, ages unknown, corporation tenants, male interviewer, 7 June 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/3/24

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INTVEEs moved in to their flat three weeks ago. It is a second storey three apartment flat in a three storey block. There are six families on the stair. INTVER notes that the wife was out when he first arrived and although she appeared later on he didn't get to speak to her as much as he would have liked. Female INTVEE thinks their part of the district is nice but is rougher further down where there are broken windows and fences but husband says people always think their own part is nicer. They have two children under school age and they are not yet used to playing down below and away from their mother. Husband goes to a pub in Easter Road every evening but is not bothered by the travel, he is quoted as saying "Well, it just means I go off a bit earlier and come back a bit later. That's one of the things you have to put up with if you move out here". They are both pleased with the house, they could use more cupboard space. They had been given the keys so they could come and have a look but were told they'd be another 6 months on the waiting list if they declined. The Clerk of Works had visited to explain things to them. There are composition tiles on top of the concrete floors which they think is cold. Wife goes to the Pennywell Co-op once a week and also uses the vans but they are expensive and try to get you to take credit. A Murchies van comes round at ten or eleven at night which she thinks is useful, it sells practically everything. The chip van comes round at 7.30. The ice cream vans are a nuisance, they seem to come round every ten minutes and they have fights with their children about it. When asked about local entertainment male INTVEE says "it's just nil down here, except the "Emby"" which is too far away. He had been in the Doo'cot and thinks it is awful, too crowded and takes ages to get served and the beer is bad. He thinks the lack of competition is why it's so bad. They have changed their electric meter to a shilling in the slot one even though it is more expensive as they don't like getting bills.


  • Other: 7 June 1961

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