Kingscott, Judith (2 of 12). Oral History of Oral History
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2010-03-15, 2010-04-19, 2010-05-17, 2010-06-21, 2010-07-26, 2010-09-13
Kingscott, Judith, 1939- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 2: Tamworth Rd School was a through school from 8 to 15. It seemed big, remembers assembly. You were with your own age groups so it wasnt daunting. Missed school for a week to stay with uncle in Hull. Cousin wanted to stay for an extra week, Judy had to go to school in Hull for a week. [03:20] This area is mainly middle class, was upper working class. Not long after moving in remembers they had an old pedal car which clanked a lot. Later they built a new council estate, they dug foundations and left them for a while, children played hide and seek in there. [05:30] Passed the 11+. Geoffrey had been in a couple of years before, he passed at 10 and so had to spend three years in sixth form, Rodger failed at 11, headmaster recommended he went in at 13. This meant they both started on the same day, parents had to buy two uniforms, were in different classes. This was Long Eaton Grammar School. The rest of the children stayed on at Tamworth Rd until 15. The uniform was horrible describes it. Parents were very proud. No close friends passed, tried to keep in touch for a bit but it was difficult, grew apart quite quickly. Had to make new friends, was put in the top class, was graded on exam results from 11+. Made good friends with one girl, at the end of the year there was a general mix up, was put in a lower class, made great friends and lots of them moved back up to the top class later. Had good teachers, all made good progress. It was a mixed grammar school. There was Trent College in Long Eaton which was a public boys school. [10:38] Sport was important, had a big sports field, cricket, got into the netball team. Was quite short compared to the others. There were four teams, somebody in a top team didnt show up so they all moved up one, was too short in the higher group. There was a tennis court and the park was nearby, wasnt very good at tennis. Tamworth Rd had a big field; theyve built a new school on that site. The old school has been knocked down for housing. [12:20] Was very unimaginative about life after school, wasnt set on university as had no experience of it. Was average at all subjects, in 5th form had a meeting with careers teacher, they suggested secretarial college. Had a year at one in Ilkeston, they had a stream for grammar school students. Did accounts and Spanish as well as shorthand and typing. After this went into a solicitors office in Long Eaton, just her, the solicitor and his chef clerk. Describes aspects of the work. It was called E. Williams and Son, he was the son. They used to specialise in paternity agreements around 1900, there was another Williams solicitors next door specialising in court work, they were unrelated. Describes routine. It was enjoyable, got £5 a week, bought a suit on first pay day. She was 17 at this time, 1956. [19:30] Got involved with youth groups, organised a carnival in Long Eaton, it had been defunct for years. Describes activities. Community Council it was called, met in Community House. People were recommended from girl guides, scouts and Cadets of Temperance. This all stopped when moved to work in Nottingham, left the solicitors after two or three years. Moved to Nottingham, went to the Information Office for the City Council, it was called the Information and Emergency Accommodation Unit, a left-over from the War, in an old school. Describes the work. It was not civil defence, it was a focal point, if people were bombed out etc. they needed somewhere to report it. It was still hanging around 10 years later. Has forgotten the bosss name, he was PR man for the council and fancied himself, would go on the radio (Mr.Pollock) . [26:05] The job was interesting but it was frustrating being kept separate from other staff. The other secretarys husband worked in the employment office, he let her know about a job for The British Aluminium Company, they had been taken over by Americans. Opened in Nottingham and Cardiff. The manager had been the manager of the Manchester office. He was upset about being downgraded. She was his only help. He was on the road all day so she became a semi salesperson, gave quotes on number plates etc, after a while they decentralised it even more describes routine. Was there for about two years, they then decided to close the branch offices, was made redundant and got married on the same day. Got a typewriter as a wedding present from parents. Didnt get much in redundancy pay. [32:30] Got married on New Years Eve which was a mistake, everywhere is closed or busy. Gave up going out on New Years Eve 1962, husband doesnt dance, started going to concerts. One year ate at a motorway café. Latterly has taken to going out at lunchtime. [34:07] Redundancy was a disappointment, had a few months notice. Didnt feel any loyalty. Went to Dublin on honeymoon, 1962-3, the coldest winter everywhere. Brother took them to Derby station to catch a train to Liverpool, Describes travel arrangements. Went to the cinema. About 10 years ago they went back, stayed at the same hotel. Couldnt remember a thing about it, it had changed. Describes looking for the room.
Life story interview with Judith Kingscott, former oral history lead at Nottinghamshire Libraries.