Dewsbury Road, Green Terrace
Name: Dewsbury Road, Green Terrace
Description: Dewsbury Road, Green Terrace
Collection: Leeds City Engineer's Department, clearance photographs
Location: NowThen
Reference: LC/ENG WYAS1067 Box53/1 No16
Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Marien was born in Dublin and grew up in Portabella barracks as her dad was a soldier. She moved to Leeds to look after her grandmother.

Marien was born in Dublin and grew up in Portabella barracks as her dad was a soldier. She moved to Leeds to look after her grandmother. Her cousin had been looking after her but was getting married so needed someone else to take the responsibility. She moved on the 27th February 1950 to her grandparent’s terraced house in Roundtree Road. Her grandfather worked for Appleyards car factory. She did not like Leeds as it was too smoggy.

Marien moved to Beeston in 1954 to Dewsbury Road when she got married. She met her husband at farming college. They moved to Warwickshire for a couple of years, before getting married and moving back to Leeds.

Their house was a back to back, one up one down house that they rented for 7 and 4 pence hapenny. She lived there for three years.

They moved to a Farmers Cottage with 3 bedrooms, a lounge and a kitchen. Though this was better for her 7 children, she preferred life in the back to back. She says that the back to back was much friendlier. There was no backbiting and no-one took offence. It felt like a community, very friendly. You didn’t need to close the door or put the dog inside to nip down the shops.

“People pulled their weight – if the toilets needed cleaning you just did. It didn’t matter that it might not be your turn.”

Marien remembers scrubbing and washing her front steps – always to perfection.There were no carpets in her house, they had lino on the floors. They had coconut matting runners throughout the house.

"You could get them in navy, red or cream and they were 24 inches wide by 3 yards long. I used to put newspaper underneath the coconut matting to catch the dirt and make it easier to clean the house. It (coconut matting) really hurt your knees if you fell on them.”