Mrs Lillian Cowdery talks about getting about in Stevenage

“the doctors used to go into houses and if they wanted me to visit anywhere in particular they’d say to the husband “you’ll see her car, it’s a red one”. They used to know where I was, I used to laugh at that. I’m too well known I said.”

Stevenage Museum

Transcript:

Lillian: When I got doing full time I bought a Cyclemaster. That was an ordinary bike with a motor on the back wheel– they hadn’t been in long but I had to get some means of, when the town was growing, to get about, and hills, there were hills here then. And you couldn’t get up the hills on an ordinary bike without walking.  And then I’d been here about, I’d been doing then full time about 2 years and matron said, the matron at Hertford said I could have driving lessons. And they paid for driving lessons for me. And when I passed of course we sold our motor cycle and side car which we had and bought a car. Well it was an automatic, a white…Vauxhall I think, if I remember.  There was a, first automatics I think too then.

Interviewer: It must have been very early for automatics!

Lillian: Yes it was yes and it was a white one I had. I used to change them every year because we were allowed mileage and maintenance of the car, so that you were able to change them and get a new car and my last one before I retired was a red one and the doctors used to go into houses and if they wanted me to visit anywhere in particular they’d say to the husband “you’ll see her car, it’s a red one”. They used to know where I was, I used to laugh at that. I’m too well known I said.

Lillian Cowdery 1987

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