Julie (Freedom to roam in the 60’s)

We lived in a street of semi detached houses in a deprived part of South Bristol. We used to play outside in the fields a lot which were at the end of our street – and I remember that we used to go tadpoling in the streams. We used to have a small tent that we played in as well. I also remember doing a lot of construction – digging out the garden and making oil rigs and playing doctors and nurses in our playroom with my brothers.

We used to play in the streets a lot. One of our favourite games being knockout ginger – knocking on doors and running away! There was hardly anything in the media in those days so our parents gave us a lot more freedom. I used to play with kids my own age – boys and girls and with the older kids a lot as my 2 brothers are older than me. Adults didn’t play a part in our play – we often just went off without them. We used to take jam sandwiches and walk to Dundry from our house for the whole day, and then walk home when we fancied.

My brothers used to have train sets which they set up in the living room – this meant the whole family enjoyed it – play wasn’t constricted to our rooms. And TV didn’t feature very much in those days – it only went on in time for Blue Peter and Andy Pandy.

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