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William Street

William Street

William Street

1930s

"Some people have described William Street as a 'slum', but I remember it quite differently. The houses have long since gone, I remember them as being quite large by today's standards, most of them had basements with two or three storeys above. Ours was a small room, lit by an oil lamp, with an open grate that burned winter and summer. We had no gas or electric stove, so cooking was done on the open fire. The room boasted only the barest of essentials: a double bed, a table, some kitchen chairs and an old fashioned heavy chest of drawers. There was a small mat in front of the fire and the rest of the floor covered with what we called 'oil cloth', the forerunner of linoleum, but it was home and I loved it."
Georgina Attrell