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Sources for the early 20th Century material

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In these books she recorded what she saw around her as a child in a working class family on a working class Victorian-style terraced housing estate.

notebooks of early 20th century recollections

The scale of what my mother wrote of her recollections of life as a child in a working class household in the early years of the twentieth century.

All contributing individuals are acknowledged on the pages concerned.

This has involved me in numerous visits to museums and re-enactments, studying books and records and informally interviewing older people.

My mother, like most children of the time from similar estates, left school when she was 14 and received no formal education afterwards. Although her excellent powers of observation and memory are without doubt, as is her obvious enjoyment and satisfaction in what she called 'jotting things down', her punctuation and spelling were not all that they might have been. She also had the habit of taking her recollections off along sidetracks as thoughts occurred to her. So not only was I faced with transcribing volumes of the spidery writing of her generation and social class, I also had to identify recurring themes and edit them together into topics which I thought would be interesting as web pages. The work took over a year, but I regarded it as worthwhile because although quite a lot is known about life above and below stairs in the big houses of Victorian and Edwardian England, very little, as far as I know, encapsulates so comprehensively the lives of the working classes who lived on Victorian and Edwardian housing estates without paid help. The reasons are not difficult to see because anyone with such knowledge would be an unlikely author.

The process of making available the full scope of my mother's recollections is still on-going, and all help with additional information and pictures will be gratefully received.

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See also the sources for the pages on everyday life on the WW2 home front and other material

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