Goldfinger, Peter (3 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 3: World Fair in Brussels 1958 changed the city, which PG knew well. Is still in touch with cousin there but hasn’t been back to Brussels for years. Further details RG and PG’s relationship with her. Willie Spoltine, Polish poet, boyfriend of PG’s cousin. PG doesn’t speak Hungarian, was sent to Paris after school for nine months to learn French. RG’s life in England and impact on EG’s household. RG eventually went into a nursing home.Paying guest at Willow Road, a Swiss banker, with whom EG and UB kept in touch Eduardo Paolozzi. EG’s theory that one should live in a flat with communal eating arrangements, PG experienced this in Letchworth after university when started work. Degree of romance in EG and UB’s marriage; letters which came to light after UB’s death from their courtship period. EG had been involved with another woman in Paris, UB told him in the correspondence that he had to decide between this woman and herself.Correspondence suggests equality in relationship between EG and UB; PG recognises this in retrospect. UB an exceptionally good cook; EG would criticise dishes.EG would take a lot of notice of UB’s opinons, eg in design of Willow Road.UB’s money financed building of Willow Road. Crosse & Blackwell inheritance and details relationship with other Blackwell relatives. EG upset that Blackwell Purdey guns were sold; reflection of EG’s respect for English country establishment traditions. Further details courtship correspondence between EG and UB. EG remained in Paris for a period after PG was born. Importance of period in Paris to EG and UG and continuing role of their French friends and colleagues. pG and UB’s wedding. UB had rejected Church of England upbringing. PG thinks they probably married because UB was expecting him. EG and UB rented a cottage in Burford, PG born at the Radcliffe Hospital; EG stayed in Burford at time of PG’s birth. First house PG remembers was in Markham Square, Chelsea.

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