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Mrs Strugnell in 1952

Mrs Strugnell of Barnet, 1952
Mrs Strugnell was the well-meaning lady next door who took me under her wing and tried to counter the somewhat anti-academic tendency of my working class upbringing.  She had no children of her own.  I was fascinated by her furniture, her telephone (still quite rare in private houses then), her 'posh' accent and the fact that she had a Cambridge degree.  My parents resented her influence on me but found her telephone very useful in emergencies.