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Res.5.19 Married couple, ages unknown, corporation tenants, female interviewer, 7 December 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/5/19

Scope and Contents

Neighbours: INTVEE likes the district and immediate neighbours, there are 30 children in the stair. Refers to physical fights between the women at times. When interviewee's husband leaves to walk her mother home she says "It's so dark here you know, it's not safe. It's not safe for my mum to walk home alone".

Finance: Confides that she feels the weight of responsibility and anxiety for the family. Had brought up rent arrears to the almoner while in hospital having a baby. Husband unemployed, has been told by doctor he cannot work outside due to "dizzy turns". He was in four jobs last month but never stays longer than a week. He gets £7 a week from Assistance Board, £1-15/- goes to the rent and his wife has five pounds and £2-8/- family allowance for her, her husband, and 6 children.

Social Services: While in hospital, INTVEE was put in touch with the Council of Social Service which has been helpful, giving her family food and clothes.

Religion: The Episcopal minister interrupted the interview to arrange the christening of the baby. The Presbyterian minister had refused to christen the older children as the parents did not attend church.

Husband's health: Suffers from headaches which can make him angry and violent. Local GP had been unhelpful and reportedly said "What do you want me to do? I can't cut off his head and give him a new one".


  • Other: 7 December 1961

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