Raymond talked about his life in Stonehouse during the 1930’s. He remembered that the area was rife with poverty; where ex-servicemen from WWI would knock on the doors selling things like matches and other items to make a living.
Many of the buildings were overcrowded, with one washroom. Most of the toilets were still in courtyards and often shared by about 30 people.
“Even with this folks never fell out and there was a kinder community spirit than today. Folks never had a bedroom of their own and often families would share one room and old people were taken care of by a family and friends. The whole community looked after one another and no one ever went hungry. Children often spent the whole day out playing in the streets.”
Raymond remembered when the 1939 Anderson shelters and other civil defence bunkers went up alongside the gun emplacements.
“At first people were scared, but then it took another year for the War to hit Plymouth… in a way this helped people to prepare mentally for when the bombs did come.”