Monthly Archives: February 2011

16.2.36

Great excitement because a couple who stayed here for a month about Xmas have been arrested (at Preston) as coiners and it is believed they were making their false coins while here. The police inspector here for about an hour … Continue reading

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15.2.36

Went with N.U.W.M. collectors on their rounds with a view to collecting facts about housing conditions, especially in the caravans. Have made notes on these, Q.V.[1] What chiefly struck me was the expression on some of the women’s faces, especially … Continue reading

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13.2.36

Housing conditions in Wigan terrible. Mrs H. tells me that at her brother’s house (he is only 25, so I think he must be her half brother, but he has already a child of 8), 11 people, 5 of them … Continue reading

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12.2.36

Terribly cold. Long walk along the canal (one-time site of Wigan Pier) towards some slag-heaps in the distance. Frightful landscape of slag-heaps and belching chimneys. Some of the slag-heaps almost like mountains – one just like Stromboli. Bitter wind. They … Continue reading

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11.2.36

Staying at 72 Warrington Lane, Wigan. [1] Board and lodging 25/- a week. Share room with another lodger (unemployed railwayman), meals in kitchen and wash at scullery sink. Food all right but indigestible and in monstrous quantities. Lancashire method of … Continue reading

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6 – 10.2.36

Staying with the Meades at 49 Brynton Rd., Longsight, Manchester. Brynton Rd. is in one of the new building estates. Very decent houses with bathrooms and electric light, rent I suppose about 12/- or 14/-. Meade is some kind of … Continue reading

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5.2.36

Went and tried to see Meade [1] but he was out. Spent day in common lodging house. Much as in London, 11d for bed, cubicles not dormitories. The “deputy” a cripple as they seem so often to be. Dreadful method … Continue reading

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