“Cast a cold eye on life, on death…” (3)

An occasional series of vignettes of the past, drawn from the archives I use.

Jane Rowell was Children’s Officer to the Middlesex County Council from 1949 to the dissolution of the council in 1965. Here is a sample of the correspondence she received in that office. The envelope, marked “PRIVATE“, is postmarked Hornsey, 17 March 1962. Walton Lodge was a county council hostel in Hampton for young people leaving care. I have preserved the original spelling, punctuation and layout throughout.

ask miss brazier from walton lodge who runs her hostel so well to tell you about her pregant girls.

the idol always falls.

they never seem to do any thing wrong
keep thier jobs come in on time act as the perfect ladies.

let her talk her self out of that one.

(London Metropolitan Archives, MCC/CH/CO/1/25)


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