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Res.4.15 Married couple, 25-35 yrs, corporation tenants, female interviewer, 4 October 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/4/15

Scope and Contents

Summary includes brief thoughts on neighbourhood, neighbours, leisure and alcohol, church, Leith.

Neighbours and Neighbourhood: INTVEEs both very enthusiastic about the area and husband quoted as saying "Lovely, I wouldn't change it for a thousand pounds". They say hello to the neighbours and might occasionally borrow some tea or sugar. Male INTVEE discusses the snobbery of church going people - getting dressed up just to look at each other and gossip.

The children were bottle fed and female INTVEE would let them have the bottle as long as they wanted it. INTVER notes that it was obviously the husband's job to put the children to bed. The woman across the landing comes in regularly to borrow sugar or tea. The male INTVEE has invited an older couple who live down the stairs in to watch the television but they have never come, he thinks people think they are intruding if they go in to other people's houses. INTVER notes she and the INVTEEs had to shout at each other over the noise of the children who were only occasionally mildly and ineffectually rebuked. INTVR accepted a cup of tea so as not to show any class distinction and writes that she was "surprised to be presented with a quite dainty china cup" which the husband says he picked himself down Leith Walk.

Leith: Husband brought up in Leith and is quoted as saying, "Leith was finished a long time ago".

Leisure: Male INTVEE thinks there's not enough places for the young people to meet, he himself didn't go to youth clubs when he was younger but would get "gloriously drunk" every Friday and Saturday night until he got married, now he only gets drunk on Fair Friday and at New Year.

Finance: The couple are proud they have no debts. Male INTVEE indignant about inequality of income - labourers on £9 a week while he thinks bosses earn £5000.

Accommodation: The flat has been recently papered, they didn't do it themselves but husband had picked the paper. Male INTVEE quoted as saying "What more could you want to look out of the front windows onto the Pentland Hills, look out of the back windows over the Firth of Forth - beautiful, beautiful".

INTVER's perceptions: INTVER describes the couple as of low intelligence and their house as "poor and shabby". Husband wearing shirtsleeves, open waistcoat and no collar. Wife "obviously a terrific slattern sitting in a very filthy blouse and skirt with the hem frayed all round". She complains of getting flea bites. She writes that the couple struck her as very happy and contented.


  • Other: 4 October 1961

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