10 Elm Road is a house with history. Cyril first moved in when he returned from the Second World War in 1947 and it was previously the home of his mother-in-law who had lived there since it was first built in the 1930’s.
In 2004, Cyril and Maureen moved into a new flat only a few miles away, leaving behind the house that was explicitly linked with their history and was a space that had not really changed since it was first built. An emersion water heater was installed in 2003 and before that, a coal fire heated the house and the water – very well according to Cyril – but shoveling coal every morning had become a hard and loathsome task.
Their new flat has central heating and double glazing, when I asked Cyril if he would miss the old house, and did he find it hard to let go of the memories associated with it, his answer was simple, he smiled with a knowing smile that only comes with age and said “No”!