Linda Engelfield_2: Samuel Street, workhouse:
“When we first moved in to Samuel Street, we came out of the workhouse. It used to be up Holbeck, what a place! And we got this house in Samuel Street and I’d never seen a house like it! Top half was all dark green, bottom half were brown. But on every door there were these little metal things so I got a knife and taken them all off, and they were all Jewish scrolls. They were all on the door, every door, every door jamb you went on. So, I just got a knife and pulled ‘em all out! It was a weird house… weird house!
There were six of us, and me mam. Me mam divorced and that’s why we ended up in that workhouse thing, yeah. It was… you know, like they’ve got battered wives homes now… well, you had loads of them in them days. What a dump! You didn’t have a room. It was a big long room but you’re all cordoned off with a curtain, no matter how many children you had: that was your slot. We had about three or four year in it. Yeah, and then we got this weird house. But we were happy in Samuel Street. Loved it! It was all big families and first two Jamaican families moved in there, they were brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Yeah, so funny!”
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