It’s been ages since I wrote anything on my Cabage and Semolina Blog. In fact, it’s been ages since I wrote anything on any of my Family History blogs. The reason being that Michael and I have been pre-occupied with the publication of his detective novel A Single To Filey and the associated book promotion activities. However, that’s starting to settle down now and I can turn my attention back to my assorted Family History projects.
So, where were we?
My mum and dad had moved to Glossop in Derbyshire after their marriage in 1950 and my appearance on the scene in 1951.
While we were living at Glossop my grandmother died and my younger sister was born. (See previous post.) Then in the summer of 1953 my dad applied for a new job working as a district Sanitary Inspector for the City of Wakefield.
If you don’t know what a Sanitary Inspector did, there’s an explanation on the Chartered Institute of Public Health website.
On July 29th 1953, my dad was offered the job which had a starting salary of £570 per annum rising by £15 for two years until it reached £600 p.a. The equivalent in today’s money is £14,655 so for a job which we would now label an environmental health officer, the pay wasn’t lavish. Apparently nowadays a person would expect to earn in the £29 – 35K salary range for the equivalent employment.
However my dad’s appointment letter goes on to say:
“It is hoped to provide you with housing accommodation on a new estate at Kettlethorpe, Wakefield in the early future. I presume you will require a three bedroomed house and it is expected one will be available in the latter part of August. You will of course understand that the rent will become payable as from when the house becomes available.”
And so we moved to the new council housing estate but probably not expecting to live in the middle of a construction site!
There’s an aerial view of the Kettlethorpe council estate under construction in 1953 on the Wakefield Archives on-line collection if you click this link. If you click the thumbnail on the site, the image is large enough to clearly see that the estate was surrounded by countryside. And that’s how it appears on this photo too.
I found this advert for joiners to work at the Kettlethorpe site in the Yorkshire Evening Post (in the British Newspaper Archives on-line).
And this report of the construction company in court for breaching health and safety rules makes fascinating reading.
Building the basics of two houses every five days!
A ladder with a rung missing and insecurely fixed!
Not much of a bonus if you end up in hospital or worse.
We moved to Rockley Drive in Kettlethorpe in September 1953 and my dad commenced his new job while we got used to living on a building site!