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Res.5.8 Female resident, late sixties, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 6 November 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/5/8

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INTVEE lives with her husband and four grandchildren in a four apartment flat. INTVER describes the interior as "the furniture is pretty old-fashioned. The suite a dun-coloured, embossed velveteen affair, the table a square one covered in a chenille cloth, a china cabinet with tree tea-sets from very best to ordinary". She had previously lived in various rooms in Edinburgh including a single end in Robbs Entry, Canongate in the early 1930s where she says the buildings were pure slums, just about collapsing and overrun with bugs. She then lived in Leith and Wardieburn. They got their first proper house in 1945 having been married for 25 years. The neighbours in the Canongate were the most helpful she has known and the children were polite. INTVER recalls her experience of slum children in Dublin who were also polite. INTVEE liked the shops in Leith. She had good neighbours in Royston. The children were neglected in Ferry Road. She loved having her own door when in the prefabs and her husband enjoyed the garden but the neighbours were stand offish. She says there are all sorts in her present location. Her husband did everything in the house when she was ill, he learnt the French method of washing while on the trawlers. INTVEE doesn't have a washing machine, she doesn't think they clean well enough. She thinks she has had cancer for which she had an operation. she was not told this by the hospital or her GP but the hospital almoner had arranged a weekly payment form the cancer fund of £4.10/- a week for 12 months. INTVER thinks it may have been ulcerative colitis. She takes coloured tables without which she gets very depressed.


  • Other: 6 November 1961

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