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Res.4.1 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 8 September 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/4/1

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Family; neighbours.

Family: INTVEE talks of the effect of alcohol on her family and how it has got her children into trouble with the police. She also discusses her own anxiety, in particular her irrational fears about her youngest child not living to grow up. She herself does not drink "I don't like drink, but even if I did I could never take it; even if I let a drop of sherry pass my lips at New Year, I get all excited and trembly". One of her sons has recently been picked up for breach of the peace and fined £10. INTVEE says he was waiting for his girlfriend but accused of loitering and manhandled by police so he fought back. She says he returned from a night in the cells battered and bruised.

Neighbours: It was a shock when she moved into her house, she had only been in an hour when a neighbour's child came to borrow food. "The first night in the house was really terrible because they had a party which went on into the small hours. There was fighting and swearing and the noise was just incredible. People banging against her own front door, the language something alarming.". She describes two of the families on the stair as "snooty" and has a long feud with one woman. Some time ago a girl in her twenties had committed suicide by putting her head in a gas oven after an argument with her boyfriend.


  • Other: 8 September 1961

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