The Tower of London
In London, I worked in service in different houses. After 2 or 3 years, I
saw an advertisement for the NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institute). I
felt like something new, so I got a temporary job in the Tower of London
canteen, making tea for the soldiers. I actually lived in the Tower. We
had to give a password to get in. Then the NAAFI sent me to Kingston-upon
Thames, and that was a bit far out of Central London, I couldn't get to
the dances, so I threw it in and took temporary jobs.
Lord Inverforth's, The Hill, Hampstead Heath
One night at a dance, in 1936, I was introduced to a Head Cook and she
offered me an interview. I went to work at Lord and Lady Inverforth's at
The Hill, North End Road, Hampstead Heath (NW11). Lord Inverforth was in
steamers - his steamboats used to go from London out to Southend and
Margate. We used to get a free ticket every year.
Lady Inverforth was an invalid, and they had three
daughters and a son, all grown up. One of the daughters used to give us
flowers when we were going to dances, and clothes too, sometimes.