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Melodeon Help: Great Britain 1947 (44) RE: Help: Great Britain 1947 24 Jan 01

My mother's relations lived in a small Suffolk village from 1900 onwards. I had an Aunt who was a daily help to a couple who had a grand house - half timbered and thatched. It was grander than the vicarage and I later realised that most of the furniture was older than Victorian. This was in the late forties/early fifties. My great aunt's house was quite big (4 bedromms) and the things I remember most were the outside toilet, the solid fuel range in the kitchen (which was huge) and electricity was only on the ground floor. Upstairs had no lighting as there was no gas laid on. Quite a lot of the houses in the village only had gas lighting as they didn't trust electricity. In many ways rural Suffolk was quite backward, But in others quite progressive. It was in the forefront of the opposition to Church Tithes. The vicarage was quite small but I never went inside. Qite a lot of rural houses had only a cold water supply and no bathroom in the late forties. We used to bath in the tin tub. I hope this gives you a flavour of a Suffolk village of the time. Of course Norfolk was positively medieval by comparison.


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