Living Conditions in the Yards

Betty as a child
Betty King takes a walk through the yards in her memories of long ago.
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Joan Banger
Joan Banger was shocked at the condition in which her childhood friend lived.
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Joyce aged 85 in 2009
Joyce and her family lived in Fairman's Yard (Pockthorpe) she felt happy at home - which was not the case in other yards she visited.
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Daphne Way in her twenties
Daphne Way talks about living in a yard and how her mother managed the weekly wash - which wasn't always easy.
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Location of Mancroft Yard
Donald Read & his family lived in Mancroft Yard. When they moved to Gertrude Road his mother thought "she was in heaven"

The map on the left shows the outline of The Forum covering the site of Mancroft Yard marked red on the right.

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Joyce aged 85
Joyce Wilson talks about her mother Maude (Aspland) sewing at her home in Fairman's Yard. When you had six children the extra money really helped the family's finances.
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John Curson in 1944
John Curson lived off St Benedicts and regularly visited his two uncles Bob & George who lived in Trowse Yard located at 14 - 16 Ten Bell Lane.
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