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Transcript

I know that Jim was looking for somewhere where he could show people round and make them appreciate nice surroundings. He did think of a big country house that he would look after and show the public round and then for some reason they chose to rent a place in Cambridge for a bit because of course they had to live somewhere and that was in Maid’s Causeway. It was while they were there, I think, that they heard about these cottages which the Cambridge Preservation Society didn’t want to have them pulled down because they’d got rather special roofs. Jim bought them. Where he found the money we don’t know. He bought them and we visited Merton Lodge, which is a house opposite, which had a lot of stairs and I always worried that that may have set Mummy’s heart trouble off, but that’s probably nonsense. They lived there and we came and visited in 1957 and at that stage, a lot of building was going on. I suppose, always when constructing new places, Jim got agitated and quarrelsome, trying to get it just the way he wanted. I suppose you’d use the word perfectionist and like all perfectionists, it wasn’t pleasant for the people round about.