Engleback, Norman (1 of 13) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, Kent

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    Engleback, Norman, 1927 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Born in Holloway London 192. Details of grandparents. Grandfather died in 1946, NE’s first experience of death. A close family traced back to 1740. Maternal grandfather, details. Mother’s family from North London. Coronation of 1937, details and visit to Crystal Palace Father was a scientific instrument maker, mother a clerk. Father also played violin for money. Parents retired to New Zealand, following NE's only brother with six children, details. NE ‘s basic education. Mother keen on reading and theatre. Children taken everywhere. Father taught NE the fiddle at age six. Visits to museums, panto and circus. Picnics at Crystal Palace, impressions. NE's family lived in Hornsey semi 1895, split into two flats. Describes childhood, education, house and sleeping arrangements. Meals. Move to North Haringey. Went on to Stationers, (grammar), evacuated during war to Huntingdon, details. Sent to Wisbech to Stationers, father paying for brother (Bernard). B more adventurous, not so good at reading and writing. Social life with parents. Corporal punishment. Had good art teacher, design orientated. Lovely English master. NE’s attitude to war and religion.

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