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Res.4.10 Female resident, age unknown, widowed, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 28 September 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/4/10

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INTVEE lives alone in a three apartment, ground floor flat in a block of six. INTVER thinks that the street looks scruffy with some unattended gardens and harling fallen off. INTVEE says a man from the corporation came and knocked more harling off but has not been back to fix it. INTVEE burst into tears twice during the interview over the death of her husband in February. She thinks it would be a lot easier if she could find a job to do. She had previously worked at a house where there was a group of nurses, preparing meals, but after the National Health Act they wanted a resident help so she gave that up. She hasn't worked for twelve years. INTVER thinks she is suffering from loneliness, she says she wouldn't talk to her neighbours about how she is feeling. When her parents were alive they also lived with her and her husband. She thinks the trouble with the area is the that there are too many children about, children from other streets would come and play in hers. She is quoted as saying "I know I'm nervous but I just can't stand them playing. The Corporation should prevent them from playing in the street. They go out to the back green and I have to turn them out of there and the neighbours don't like it, but they should keep them out themselves". She thinks the Corporation should not mix up families but take the bad ones out and put them together somewhere. There are seven children on the stair and they chalk the walls, she has to clean it off. She goes to church regularly and is quoted as saying "Some of the nicest people I know round here are Catholics. I know people say 'oh Catholics, they're a bit rough' but I don't find that I think they're very nice people". She does some sewing and needlework and takes small jobs from her neighbours, however, not many have been round since her husband died. She is thinking of getting a television. INTVER describes the sitting room as "respectably furnished, quite a number of knick knacks and looking rather more middle class than a number of houses in the area". She has a piano but hasn't been able to play it since her husband died.


  • Other: 28 September 1961

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