On the buses #42: Margaret Powell

September 26, 2018

 

Illustration by Joda 

 

Margaret Powell never got the opportunity to follow her dream of being a teacher. She was born in 1907, the eldest of seven siblings squeezed, with her parents and grandmother, into three rooms in Hove. When, aged 13, she won a grammar school scholarship, her parents couldn’t afford for her to take it up and soon after she went into domestic service, where she stayed for the next ten years. Her working day started at 5.30am and finished long after dark. There were stoves to be blackened, vegetables to be scrubbed and boots to be cleaned. She resented every minute and made her escape by marrying Albert Powell, a milkman. No mean feat when having a boyfriend could get you sacked... [read more]

 

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