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Peppiatt, Hugh (3 of 12) National Life Stories: City Lives

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    City Lives

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    Freshfields, London

  • Interviewees

    Peppiatt, Hugh, 1930-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Slinn, Judy, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3 (tape 2 side A): Trouble with his eyes as he approached finals. Oxford in the early 1950s; parties, Bullington Club - police leave always cancelled when events held. Story of one incident. Oxford like Brideshead. Wasted a good deal of his time at Oxford. Environment was not particularly stimulating. Made friends, established network by which he and people like him lived and worked. Now all gone as far as he can see from his children and their friends. Discussion of HP's father's income. Comfortably off but rewards at Freshfields modest by comparison with BAT and declining through the 1930s. Parents' standard of living - full time gardener, nanny, two maids. Modest holidays. Had car by 1937. Very cold house - large house and large garden. Brother went to Trinity - different set of friends. More on his own friends - large group of men and women; affaire-free and romance-free, close friends and remained so. Anecdote re losing driving licence. HP's articles - three years; time at Lancaster Gate. All rather boring but getting more interested in the law.Glad he had not read law. Changes in the way articles phased now.

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    Interview with Hugh Peppiatt, a senior partner with Freshfields law firm and Chairman, Moorfields Eye Hospital (1991-2000).

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