I was born in 1927 in a terrace house to the joy of my mother Harriet and his father Charles.
There were to be no further children, unusual in those times because larger families were common then.
The house in which I was born was one of a row of ten houses and consisted of one downstairs room and one upstairs bedroom. There was also a cellar. Lighting was by by town gas. Heating and cooking was by means of a cast iron fireplace and oven combined. Next to this as a brick structure known as a set pot which perfectly described it as it consisted of an iron cauldron set in the brickwork under which a fire could be lit to obtain hot water.
There was cold running water in the house but no bath except a galvanised tin one which hung outside the back door.
Through that door was a brick paved yard that ran down past the back door of all the other houses. We lived in the next next to the end house at the top of the yard which meant a 60 yard walk to the two outdoor lavatories shared by the families in all ten houses in the street.
Backing onto the lavatories was a brick outhouse some 6 feet square with a two half door known as a middin which was where all the rubbish was thrown including ashes from the fire.
It was common practice for households to use chamber pots during the night, these to be emptied into the lavatories each day. The families in the street took it in turns to wash out the lavatories usually on each Saturday morning. The middins were emptied weekly by two Council men and taken away by horse and cart.
These were 19th century working class living conditions that had continued into the 20th century and beyond the end of the Second World War.