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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWells, Mrs M
Ref No8SUF/B/175
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 35
Date6 Jan 1978
Extent175a - 39:36 mins, 175b - 35:01 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 69a Sandwich Road, Cliff's End, Ramsgate CT12 5JA (later moved to 16 Highfield Court, Margate Road, Ramsgate, Kent). Interview in two parts 8SUF/B/175a and 8SUF/B/175b.

Interview summary:
What it was like living in Nine Elms as a child. What Mrs Despard did for the locality Accidents to slum children. Mrs Despard's affection for the Peters family (Mrs Wells, née Peters). Her affection for the local children. The dispensary. Each street with its distinctive social flavour. Her father's asthma. The street-geography of the locality. Miss Mansel. The soup kitchen. Mrs Despard's lectures on manners, much needed in that rough area (the Peters family are 'respectable'). Band of Hope meetings. Getting the local men to join up in First World War. Prevalence of drunkenness locally. The annual Sunday School outings into the country. Shortage of money within the Peters family, but shunning the pawnbroker. Her father's last illness. Mrs Despard's affection for him, despite his Conservatism. Mrs Despard's lack of pretentiousness. Public health authority responses to cases of scarlet fever in the locality. Cleanliness of the Peters family at home and at school. Sleaford Street School, and the training provided there by the teachers in cleanliness, tidiness, etc. Mr Peter's desire to get out of the locality, but in vain.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 68
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