Our house, No 44 was the left one of a pair which opened up to a small square passage. Straight ahead was a staircase with 16 steps leading to a landing on the left of which two doors opened up onto a front and back bedroom.
The passage downstairs had a door to the left leading into one fairly big living room. This lead to a door on the back wall which opened to another small passageway. Straight forward was a walk in pantry and to the right, a door that gave access to the back yard. At the bottom of the yard on the left was a coal house…in effect, an extension of the pantry. On the right and opposite was the ‘nettie’. Between the two was a door to the back lane and a water tap on the right. In the yard by the corner of the nettie was a drainage cover and behind was a ‘boiler pot’ used to heat water on washing days.
I can even remember much of the detailed fixtures and fittings in the living room but I won’t bore you with it except to say that the two Rington’s caddies (c.1929) that stood at either end of the mantle piece are now on another mantle piece very close to where I am sitting. They never fail to carry my mind to childhood days in the 1940s.
Now then, Bob, talking about the 1940s takes me back to an event in Campbell Street when I was very young. I was playing with a friend…can’t remember his name or who he was but he asked to come with him to the home of his aunt ‘Molly’ or maybe ‘Polly’ who had just died. It turned out that she had been cleaning the upstairs window (about half way up the street on the left from Argyle Street). She had lifted the sash to get out through the window, sit on the sill with her back to the street, hold on to the lower sash frame with one hand and clean the outside glass with the other. She lost her grip and fell to the pavement below. I am not sure if she died instantly or later. The shock for me was that the funeral had yet to take place and so when we got into the room, she was lying there in the coffin. That was the first deceased person I ever saw.
It occurred to me that you might have heard about that accident at the time Bob. I would guess it was very shortly after the war ended, about 1945/46.
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