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Life in the aftermath of WW2 for a working-class girl in South London

Life in the aftermath of WW2 for a working-class girl in South London

In the second part of her interview Violet speaks of the days after WW2. When her grandfather died her parents her self and her sister took over his flat and that is where she stayed until she was married. Violet describes the conditions of the flat, which seemed quite luxurious compared to other families of her background. They had an in-door bathroom and a roll-top bath in the kitchen. She speaks of her school days and the many different jobs she worked in after leaving school at 15... she worked in everything from being a machinist to a sausage linker! In those days working-class women never had the opportunity to go to university, factory and office work was what they all did until they were married...

WW2 Experiences of a working-class child in South London

WW2 Experiences of a working-class child in South London

Violet Redmont retells some of her poignant experiences throughout the Second World War. Although she was evacuated several times to Hertfordshire Violet was in South London, in particular the docklands surrounding Rotherhithe, during the some of the worst of the war. The docklands were badly affected by the bombing and Violet remembers a few particular stories of close escapes she and her family encountered... But even though she spent her childhood encountering hard times, Violet looks back on that time in a positive light and considers her family as being very fortunate during the war.

Life as a war-time baby on a London bankside estate in the 1950s and 60s

Life as a war-time baby on a London bankside estate in the 1950s and 60s

Pauline Mounsey was a war-time baby, born in the aftermath of World War Two. She spent her childhood in a typical London working-class estate in Southwark. The area that is now home to the Bankside galleries and restaurants was made up of burnt-out buildings and desolate docks. The residents in her estate lived in crampt conditions but were happy and fulfilled. In this insightful interview she recalls what life was like for children born in the aftermath of the war. They made do with what would now be considered very deprived conditions, but at the time this went wholly un-noticed and they spent their days in a comfortable and secure community surrounded by friends. It was a simple way of life but an extremely happy one.

Life as a war-time child; routines, play and evacuation (Part 2)

Life as a war-time child; routines, play and evacuation (Part 2)

In the concluding part of her interview Vera talks about some of the childhood games she and her friends used to play, like 'Knock Down Ginger' and 'Hopscotch', with her least favourite being 'Under the Covers'. Vera tells us about her mother and father, her father worked on the docks and at one time she remembers him bringing her some bananas and her not knowing what to do with them! Children in the area were not particularly well-off and did not have many toys, they made their own entertainment. But she does remember her favourite possession being her beautiful bike… And when she was a bit older, her first pair of nylons!

Life as a war-time child; routines, play and evacuation (Part 1)

Life as a war-time child; routines, play and evacuation (Part 1)

Vera shares some of her childhood memories of growing up during WW2 in Rotherhithe. It was a time of strict rules and regulations. Children went to school and came back, and were never far from their parents. But they still managed to have very imaginative play, making the most of their stark surroundings and even playing with bits of brick and shrapnel… She also recounts her experience of being evacuated with the girl who lived next door, one that she hated. She spent the whole time crying until she was brought back home to be with her mother. She remembers spending every night in the shelter under her block of flats during the worst of the bombing…