Maguire, Robert (1 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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Interviewee's home, London
Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)
Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)
Part 1: RM born Paddington, London. Parents', Alfred [AM] and Rose Fountain Maguire [RFM]; their backgrounds, occupations, deaths: details. Description of the effect of wartime regulations on father's furniture business and career. RFM's attempt to continue the business after AM's death (1950): details. Mentions being evacuated to Newport Pagnell with sister, where RFM became assistant warden in old people's home. Remarks about father's furniture. Description and history of Queens Park Estate built by Artisans Dwelling Co in 1881; estate described. RM won LCC scholarship to Bancroft School 'most unhappy years of my life' but excellent education. Tremendous educational support from parents. RM's primary education at progressive. Droop Street School including arts and crafts with inspirational teacher. Father taught RM woodwork. Description of accompanying father to furniture shops and sub-contractors in the East End; Jewish refugees formerly professionals who urged RM to learn a trade: details. Sister Doreen's [DM] ambitions abandoned at marriage. Comments on family deaths. Homes: Alperton Street and Third Avenue; helping father install a bathroom; comments on the architectural and social status of the estate. Comments on influence of Meccano as compared to current construction toys, which don't encourage creativity. Mentions step-sons Edward, (37) architect at Michael Hopkins, and Matthew (36) a biologist/ecologist at Edinburgh University in Forest Sciences and his research achievement. Description of Third Avenue and Alperton Street homes; appreciation of moving to a larger house. Anecdote about winding up AM's clocks. Comments on parents' social class; books and creativity evident in the home. Comments on RFM's scrupulous cleaning and housework. RFM's family background described: RM's appreciation of grandfather, a cab horse groom in Park West Mews, Edgware Road, 'a real Cockney'.