Goldfinger, Peter (20 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 20: Letchworth cont. Work for G.N.Hayden, firm in Tavistock Square, contractors building services for all kinds of buildings. Worked on Imperial Cancer Research Fund building running steam line from one part of building to another; details. Major job was factory for Gillettes in Reading, details. Tom Ring, site foreman who became a close friend. PG was engineer for job. Factory was developing new razor systems using plastic. Details of the building and PG’s role. Colleagues. Learnt about ventilation from doing Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge. PG keen on climbing at this stage, boss of Hayden, Alan Pullinger, was also keen mountaineer. Created climbing club for the apprentices. Social life at this time. Avinash and Chandra Pren. 1960-2 period working at Haydens. Central School of Art, where Liz was learning furniture design; PG would go to evening classes taught by Mr Sealey, making furniture. Evening classes to improve himself, eg production engineering, day release in London, studied air-conditioning and engineering subjects to get licence at Cooper Uniion. Circle around Liz included Cedric Price and Sylvester Bone. PG not involved in ‘swinging sixties’. SB at Cambridge ahead of PG. Notting Hill friends centred round Alan Buchannan, whom PG knew at Cambridge. SB’s mother, Mary Adshed. Henry Havistock, SB’s nom-de-plume. Wife and son carried on living in Willow Road when PG went to USA. Nick born in 1960. Liz brought Nick over to USA to see PG when he was approx 4. Details time in New York. Pam and Ed Sherrin. Apartment in NY.Hepatitis. Uncle and aunt in New Haven. Michael Nibbs. Meeting Faith, who became his second wife. Faith’s background.

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