Oral History collection: Mrs Margaret James (born 1952) interviewed by about early life in Swansea; life in Dyfatty area in the 1960s. The recording is edited down from a longer original recording to 31 minutes

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      GB 216 T 31/1
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      1 data CD, containing a digital sound recording in both MP3 and WAV formats. The recording is made available in the Screen and Sound Archive

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[00:01:40] Swansea / 1960s: Description & design of Dyfatty flats, local park for children, lifts breaking down. [00:03:18] Swansea / 1960s: High Street, local area, shops, the faggots and peas shop, chip shops, Gwennie Morgan working at James Brothers the drapers, bespoke tailors. [00:04:26] Swansea / 1960s: Working and living in the Dyfatty area, Kattz Jewish mini market, newsagents, hairdressers, The Lower Lamb, purpose built shops for Dyfatty flats and local residents. [00:06:22] Swansea / 1960s: The difference of moving from a house in Clase to a flat in Dyfatty when you're a child to brand new council flats, Mr Morgan is the caretaker of the flats. Living in Dyfatty flats from 1961 until 1968. [00:07:30] Swansea / 1960s: Living in Swansea town centre, refilling a soda cyphon and getting your money back, flat evictions. [00:09:00] Swansea / 1960s: Living in Swansea town centre, meeting friends on a Saturday to shop on the modern and new Kingsway, visiting Swansea Market in the early 1960s, bomb clearance sites still in the city centre, post-war Swansea, Castle Gardens. [00:11:00] Swansea / 1960s: High Street being a main and busy shopping area, Mackworth Hotel, Woolworths. White Walls shops. [00:12:45] Swansea / 1960s: Cafes, The Milkmaid, milk drinks, Italian cafes, coffee bars, milk bars, The Kardomah, The Union Café, Sidoli's, Casgerini's. [00:14:35] Swansea / 1960s: 1968 moving to Central Clinic in Orchard Street as father had the job of care taker there. Description of area and clinic. Margaret worked there when she left school, Spritualist church, The Ragged School. [00:16:35] Swansea / 1960s: Living in Central Clinic in Orchard Street, description of the interior and building, offices. Mr Morgan being the caretaker of the clinic an had to tend to the garden in the atrium within the building, living in the flat in Trinity Buildings. [00:18:30] Swansea / 1960s: Modernist concrete sculpture on the front of Central clinic building, the atrium. [00:20:10] Swansea / 1960s: Lewis Lewis department store, 'Fine Fair' supermarket. [00:21:00] Swansea / 1960s: Being able to walk into town easily, going to 'C & A', having a Saturday job in Chelsea Girl, record shops. [00:22:00] Swansea / 1960s: Being a teenager in Swansea, the cinemas, shops, Top Rank club, getting a bus to Mumbles. [00:23:50] Swansea / 1960s: The change of Swansea town centre since the 1960s, many of the 1960s post war buildings looking run down now in 2012, The Quadrant, The High Street in 2012 in a dilapatated state, hoping it will get better as money has been spent on it recently. An arcade in High Street in the 1960s. [00:25:50] Swansea / 1960s: Leaving school in 1969. Working in The Guildhall, the whole family eventually working in Central Clinic, Margaret still works there now in 2012. [00:27:30] Swansea / 1960s: Changes in the city centre, the roundabout, the pedestrian underpass by the Kingsway, Margaret doesn't approve of the new lay out for the bendy buses, David Evans department store being a lovely shop, . [00:28:44] Swansea / 1960s: David Evans department store, early memory of running and finding the rocking horse in David Evans, good shop assistants, Lewis Lewis. [00:00:02] Swansea / 1960s: Margaret James (nee Morgan) and her parents Gwennie Morgan and Irfon Morgan (of Morriston) moving to Dyfatty council flats after living in Beacon's View Road in Clase, Morriston, father Mr Morgan taking the job as the caretaker of the flats, Kattz Jewish supermarket, buying lemonade, The Palace Theatre. [00:30:33] Swansea / 1960s: Living in Swansea city centre in the 1960s, in unusual dwellings, then living back in a house when Margaret got married, moving away from a flat to a house in Fforestfach.