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TITLE
Inverness Memories - making and mending
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_MRSROLLO_08
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
Mrs Rollo
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2122
KEYWORDS
domestic
housewife
housework
audio

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In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers creating bed linen from flour bags.

The photograph is of Friars Street with the steeple of the Old High Church in the background.

Interviewer: So, ye did some knitting but ye didn't really have much time but -

No, no.

Interviewer: Well sewing?

Oh aye. We'd make an mend - mend an patch everything.

Interviewer: Yes. An what about flour bags?

Oh aye, flour bags. What did I do wi that?

Interviewer: Tel me where ye got them an what ye did wi them?

Well, I got some from Mr. Anderson, the baker, an some from Mr. Grant in Eastgate. They had the meal store then.

Interviewer: An did ye have to buy them?

Yes. Ah think we got them for sixpence each an they were good value, weren't they?

Interviewer: They were that.

Compared to the day, the rubbish. An then if they were very, very highly coloured we would send them for the first cleaning, to the laundry, after we'd soaked them an got the worst of the flour out, we'd send - dry them off - an then send them to the laundry an they would bleach a lot o the colouring off. An then we would do the rest ourselves. So then we made them into cot sheets, or single-bed sheets, an pillow slips. That kept us going sewing.

Interviewer: It would have

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Inverness Memories - making and mending

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

domestic; housewife; housework; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Inverness Recollections

In the late 1970s, Mrs Rollo, an elderly resident of Friars Street, Inverness, shared her memories of old Inverness with a Mrs. Sneddon. Mrs. Rollo had lived as a child in Shore Street and moved to Friars Street in the early 1920s. She had five of a family; three boys and two girls. Her husband worked for the Highland Railway. In this audio extract, Mrs. Rollo remembers creating bed linen from flour bags. <br /> <br /> The photograph is of Friars Street with the steeple of the Old High Church in the background.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: So, ye did some knitting but ye didn't really have much time but - <br /> <br /> No, no.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Well sewing? <br /> <br /> Oh aye. We'd make an mend - mend an patch everything. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes. An what about flour bags?<br /> <br /> Oh aye, flour bags. What did I do wi that?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Tel me where ye got them an what ye did wi them?<br /> <br /> Well, I got some from Mr. Anderson, the baker, an some from Mr. Grant in Eastgate. They had the meal store then.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An did ye have to buy them?<br /> <br /> Yes. Ah think we got them for sixpence each an they were good value, weren't they?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: They were that.<br /> <br /> Compared to the day, the rubbish. An then if they were very, very highly coloured we would send them for the first cleaning, to the laundry, after we'd soaked them an got the worst of the flour out, we'd send - dry them off - an then send them to the laundry an they would bleach a lot o the colouring off. An then we would do the rest ourselves. So then we made them into cot sheets, or single-bed sheets, an pillow slips. That kept us going sewing.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: It would have