Violet Holland

Interviewee: Violet Holland
Born: 1933, Ireland
Interviewer: Pupils from Year Six, Saint Margaret Mary’s RC School
Date of interview: 20 November 2012

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Growing up in Dublin (family of 7 in a 2 bed house), moving to London, statues on O’Connell Street. 

5.40
St Margaret Mary School, memories of the school in the early 1970’s 

6.50
Memories of domestic work at Oscott College 

7.55
Pugin tables in the refectory spoiled by Health and Safety 

8.45
Getting married in Dublin, the party lasted one week 

9.33
The chapel at Oscott used by domestics 

10.15 
Arriving at Oscott College to do domestic work, looking after 120 students 

11.15 
The atmosphere at Oscott College and team spirit amongst the domestic team 

11.50
The grounds at Oscott College, building houses on the farmland 

12.35
The famous perry pear trees that gave Perry Common its name and the location of six surviving perry pear trees in the middle of the dual carriageway on College Road 

14.00
Working in the refectory at Oscott College 

15.00
Annual mass at Oscott for children with learning difficulties 

16.00
Cooking and growing fruit and veg at Oscott 

17:00
The atmosphere in London in the 1950’s and reasons for leaving for Birmingham 

18:00
History of Oscott College; visit of Charles Dickens to Oscott College 

19:30
Painting at Oscott owned by mother of Napoleon. 

20.30
Charles Dickens visit, records are kept at Hollywood House, Orphanage Rd, Erdington 

21.00
Arriving at Perry Common to live in 1970, coping with bereavement 

22.50
Community life resulting from work contact and friends at Oscott 

23.50
Working hours at Oscott 

25:30
Working in a factory in Digbeth, making elements for street lights, then working in a care home 

26.50
Uniforms at Oscott College 

27.20
Reflections on the architecture and beautiful landscape around Oscott

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