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A Safe Place to Play

When Patsy Sullivan grew up on the Boundary Estate in the 1950s much of the surrounding area was still a rubble strewn bomb site.

These bomb sites often served as a dangerous playground for theĀ  children of the area.

World War II bomb damage, East London, April 1960.

World War II bomb damage, East London, April 1960.

In the clip below Patsy describes how St Hilda’s offered a saferĀ  place for her and her friends to play. She also describes the excitement when a shipment of apples and oranges arrived from Canada after the war.

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Rosemary Harvey came to St Hilda’s after leaving Cheltenham ladies college in 1965. In the clip below she describe her first impressions of the estate having lived in the country for all of her life.

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Rosemary was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies College and spent a fortnight in St Hilda’s in 1962. She found it a very interesting experience and has vivid memories of her time there. Having grown  up in the countryside, she was surprised by the urban environment of the Boundary Estate. Her interview gives us a very interesting outsider’s perspective on life in the early 1960s in Bethnal Green.

Here, she tells us about a day out which proved a little difficult to manage:

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Eileen was born in 1930 and spent her childhood years on the Boundary Estate until she was evacuated in 1939. In this extract, she remembers the games that children used to play:

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Jean came to see us last week and had lots to say about St Hilda’s and what it had meant to her children in the past. Here’s some of what she told us:

Jean came to St Hilda’s at the same time as this discussion group. In the 1957 film that was made about St Hilda’s, these young people talk about marriage, work and play. We are hoping to make a film in the summer that will use some of this footage, along with our recordings of people like Jean, and compare it with the youth projects that run today in our community centre.

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