Maguire, Robert (3 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 3: Continues description of drawing exercises and pleasure of white paper. Description of miserable school years 'endured at Bancroft. Effect on RM's as an individualist: details. Remarks about wartime unavailability of maps and signposts. Story of becoming long-distance cyclist with friend; cycle tour of Wales; distances travelled; cycling to the AA. Friend from similar background. Speculates about school bullying. Holidays spent at home; doing holiday jobs for pocket money. Mentions effect of business/ work on father's health and death. Anecdote about working in father's friend Tommy Laidler, china shop in Kentish Town. Remarks about clothes worn; shopped with RFM at local shops; Burtons. Story about buying shoes at Barkers because of RM's flat feet; effect on school sports; on tactlessness of doctor's comments about flat feet. AA recommended by L King. Description of pressure to win Leverhulme Scholarship in order to attend AA. Remarks about being a 'budding young modernist'. Comments on L King's neo-Georgian style. Reasons why RM not allowed to drink. Lived at home while at AA, cycled there; remarks about current value of Đ1000. What RM learnt from time spent at L King: mentions drawing, prosaic aspects of architectural practice, War Damage [Commission] repairs, church work, learning about building construction through text books. Mentions Ian Picken assistant to L King. Remarks about not receiving a salary at King's except for gift on leaving.

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