Hughes, Patrick (1 of 6).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Hughes, Patrick, 1939- (speaker, male)

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    Bury, Stephen, (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: Tape 1: Side A: Details Patrick Hughes’ [PH] father’s father and father’s mother, Winifred Hughes [WH] formerly Clovier. Details her father. Details WH. Details Martha and James Watson, PH’s maternal grandparents. Grandfather James [JW] worked in Crewe railway works. Anecdote about JW’s accident when previously selling greengrocery from his horse and cart. Details maternal grandmother Martha [MW] and twin sister, Mary. PH’s summer visits to Watson grandparents, details. Details WH talents, etc Details PH’s mother, age 93. PH age 17 staying with father’s mother. Description Watson house on outskirts of Crewe. Outside WC, details. Details ‘lavender men’ who collected lavatory waste. Details interior of house. Greenhouses outside, grandfather’s gardening skills. Selling his cucumbers at 2 shillings each. PH’s painting of grandfather’s plantings. Description killing and cleaning chickens in backyard. Eggs inside chickens. Details PH’s country life six weeks a year. How parents met. War as form of birth control. Father’s infected eye. Details D-Day landing craft. Details PH’s younger brother, his work, etc. PH autodidact, details his reading. Living in Hayes 1947 to 1953. Passing 11 plus. To Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon, details. Details PH’s bad behaviour. Details father’s embezzlement. Sale of their house. Father’s new job in Hull. Details their living accommodation there 1953/4. Details Hull Public Library procedure. Details magazine ‘Listen’. Details PH’s junior school ages 7-11.

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