Stedman, Ronald (29 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint
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1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20
Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London
Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 29: Tape 15 Side A: More about bank’s trust in RS as businessman. Drinking habit. First owned his own house 1947. When first married rented furnished place in Sutton, lived there 1942-1943. Move to Tooting Bec Common – details of shared house rented there. Decision in 1947 to buy the house – friendship through Baptist Church, very strict churchgoers, never went to dances, never drank alcohol – wonders wistfully if he ‘missed out’ in life as a result. Sanderstead Church and his children – beginnings of disillusionment. Purchase price of house in Tooting £1375 – mortgage, there for 13 years. Details of interior of home – says he is a DIY enthusias and decoration – fond of Regency period. Details of tyle – evening-classes in design and colour and shops where he bought furniture. Schools for his children – Michael passed 11 plus and went to Battersea Grammar – other children refused his offer of expensive boarding schools. All started school age five at local comprehensive school then to Grammar School – RS thinks education could have been better and expresses his views on the system -–schooling for his grandchildren not terribly good either even though they’ve all gone to university. Move from Tooting to Warlingham – fear of atom bomb – reference to ‘acute Russian problem’ – Warlingham within easy commuting distance of London and also well outside the expected area of radiation – describes situation of village on North Downs. Four-bedroom house bought in 1963 cost £3,5000. Explains why he decided to build and how he found an architect. About children’s schooling – Michael transferred to Caterham Grammar for Boys, younger ones to local church school of which RS thinks very highly. Choice of names for the children .