Goldfinger, Peter (4 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 4: Details Markham Square. Visit of Spanish Republican Generals; EG and UB concerned with Spanish Civil War and supporting the Republican side. PG was looked after by au pairs but no memory of a particular person. Thinks his parents were more liberal than their contemporaries in terms of joint life with their children rather than ‘nursery’ and adult life. Parents good friends with Paul and Marjorie Abbatt, toymakers. Memories of EG spending time with PG as a young child, eg playing with electric trains. PG’s memories split between relationship with parents up to age 6 and at age 11 onwards when returned from being an evacuee. Family rented houses in Essex, at Thaxted and Wivenhoe, when PG approx 11 - 14. Memories of sailing dinghies with EG. EG arranged to have a boat built from jettison tanks from aeroplanes. Memories of EG explaining theory of colour to PG. EG a good teacher, PG later worked in his office and was taught to draw by him. PG christened at Oxey Chapel ‘to be on the safe side’. Details Paul and Marjorie Abbatt. EG’s attempt to visit Rebecca West. Abbatt’s toyshop in Wimpole Street. EG did logo for Abbatts as well as designing toys. PG’s toys. PG able to sew and knit as a child. Childhood books, was read to by UB. Book illustrated by Stephen Bone about building houses worldwide. Was taught to read by aunt, Barbie. Enjoyment of comics. Further details toys. Bricks.

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