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How we lived in the Fifties

I was married in year 1958 we lived in a basement flat till we got flooded out we then went to live in Clifton.

We had the upstairs rooms we were very happy there had my daughter and son living there the landlady was great and helped me with the children. We remained friends until she died - was so lucky

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4 days ago
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We had seven kids, grandma,and parents in a three bedroom one bath home. I thought we wereso lucky.
30th Sep 2020 18:50:54
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You're right, Shrew, support is the wrong word in respect to football opposition in the 50's but you did look forward to the more skilful footballers coming to town. It's become much more 'tribal' although better with the seating and being non smoking.
I very much agree with you, in as much as, I wouldn't change my childhood for youngsters today. We had space to explore. These days if its not fenced off its been built on.
I have to smile when they say there is a problem with 'plastic pollution'. All our toys were made from leather, wood, lead, diecast and bakelite. Its amazing how quickly we've created a problem.
29th Sep 2020 17:45:03 (Last activity: 30th Sep 2020 16:25:51)
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How many blokes remember going to a football match in the Fifties, I had a massive rattle with ribbons on it. Kids used to get passed overhead to the front of the stadium and then distributed back at the end of the match. Needless to say the rattle would be seen as a 'paying out stick' in today's world. You would go and support both teams with both sets of supporters mingled together and light hearted banter.
Response from shrew1742 made on 30th Sep 2020 16:25:51
I remember those days Len, just after WW2. Extremely hard times, but looking back 70 years or so, and although we were almost living in poverty, there were happy times too.

As for going too the footie, supporters mixing (without any trouble) and supporting both teams !!!! Sorry Len, as far as I was concerned there was only one team I cheered for. My team.

I wonder how today's kids would fare if they were all of a sudden transported back to the 1940's/50's ?? Maybe they would realize how lucky they are in today's day and age, despite Covid19 !! I certainly wouldn't swap my childhood/teenage years for the present.
29th Sep 2020 17:25:05
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You look back at the fifties and think how wonderful life was, then you think of the ice that formed on the inside of the windows in the winter and getting out of bed onto freezing lino. I've grown way too soft and I know couldn't exist like that now, without central heating.
29th Sep 2020 09:35:46
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I was married in' 51. Also lived in a basement flat, the old kitchen area of a bigger house with a massive disused Range cooker in our living room. Starlings nested in its chimney and we often had a sooty bird flying round indoors when we arrived home from work!. 9 months later my husband emigrated and I followed in 1952 when he had a home for me to go to. I had my 21st birthday in Africa, Came back in '55 when things went bad out there. I know Bristol well, lived in North Bristol for 12 years. Worked in Stokes Croft and Pennywell Road

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