Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?

Any Questions?

When does spinsterhood start?

CHANNEL | The Light Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 09 December 1955

DURATION | 2 minutes 50 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1955

Synopsis

In this extract, recorded at Dulverton in Somerset, the 'Any Questions?' panel debate a thorny problem: at what age should an unmarried woman be called a 'spinster'?

Did you know?

The mainly derogatory term 'spinster' refers to an unmarried woman, especially one who is beyond the usual age of settling down. The first recorded use of the term is in Middle English, between 1100 and 1500, when it was employed to describe 'women who spin' (during the production of textiles). By the 17th Century it was the legal description applied to unmarried women and from the 18th Century onwards it developed the connotations that are familiar today.

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Desmond Donnelly (MP)
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Arthur Street
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