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Life in the 1940's

babinda24's memory of 1st January 1948 - 1st January 1953

I was born in Coventry in 1944. Normality for me as a small child was walking through a city centre of wrecked buildings, shops in prefabs and a huge tank of water that had been used for firefighting. As we made our way to the bus station at Pool Meadow to catch a bus to my grandparents, my treat was to be picked up to look at the fire engines through the glass doors of the station. The buses then were maroon and cream double deckers. The conductor had aticket machine with a dial like a telephone on the top and a winding handle to produce the tickets-i loved them. My grandparents who I called Nanna and Pop lived in a semi built in the 1920's. it had tiled floors which my mother scrubbed for them when we visited. They would have been only just 70 but seemed very old. my grandfather used to make treacle toffee and he had a little hammer to break it into pieces. In summer he would walk me to the Binley Road where it was possible to buy an ice cream cone-what a treat.
We had tea in the kitchen, with a fire lit in winter. I especially remember jelly with Carnation milk and a plate of bread and butter on the side. Some weekends I stayed with them and remember being terrified of the gas geyser in the bathroom. I was tucked up in a fearher bed with a stone hot water bottle wrapped in a towel and hot milk with an arrowroot biscuit. Houses were absolutely freezing then and there was not enough coal to keep more than one fire going except on special occasions. My grandparents never used their sitting room in winter and rarely in summer!

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This memory was added 21st October 2009

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