Fritsch, Elizabeth (1 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Born Elizabeth Hughes in Oswestry, Shropshire. Father Maldwyn Hughes. Mother’s maiden name Williams. Mother’s family English iron founders from Iron Bridge. Paternal Welsh grandmother a music teacher. Grandfather an architect and builder who imported Scandinavian style buildings to Llangollen, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Description of EF’s musical aunts and farming uncles. Father’s feud with his brothers who were pacifists. Father’s profession as Market administrator. Parents’ courtship. Description of maternal grandparents. Remarks on the differing of levels of education in EF’s parents’ families Mentions playing traditional Welsh and classical music on the harp. Mentions her studies at Royal Academy of Music. Mentions Osian Ellis. EF’s dislike of performing. Description of aunts’ cluttered house. Description of mother’s right wing politics and EF’s move to the left. Comments on Welsh speaking in father’s family. Description of father’s non-conformist brothers. Description of uncle’s farm. Art books in aunts’ house, mentions Ruskin and children’s books. Maternal aunt’s connection to Lewis Carroll. Comments on being influence by children’s picture books. Description of parent’s reading habits, mentions the Daily Mail.

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