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A Grimsby Life - Part 1: Henry the Ninth By Harry Goulding
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In the late 1970s, retired Grimsby schoolmaster, Harry Goulding, wrote his memoirs, longhand, on sheets of paper rescued from a skip and they lay for many years in the safe-keeping of his... More > grandchildren until they were transcribed into two books; the first (this book) detailing his childhood days up until the end of his college days; the second, ‘Man’s Estate,’ chronicling his often-turbulent career as an eccentric schoolmaster in Grimsby. In ‘Henry the Ninth’ we learn of the poverty of his childhood; the struggle to supplement his ½d per week pocket money; the rat-catching and the pig-keeping; his annual trips on the trawlers; the yearning for independence from his domineering father; the family war over his grandfather’s will; his struggles at school; and his eventual and reluctant choice of profession, among many other incidents, happy and bitter. In addition, his story represents a valuable local history insight into life in the poor quarter of Grimsby in the early part of the twentieth century.< Less
A Grimsby Life - Part 2: Man's Estate By Harry Goulding
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This is the second part of Harry Goulding’s autobiography, following on from his account of his childhood years (1905 to 1927) growing up in working-class Grimsby (‘Henry the... More > Ninth’) The details of his ordinary yet eccentric life were written down in longhand on sheets of paper rescued from a skip and lay dormant for many years after his death in 1985 until transcribed into two volumes. ‘Man’s Estate’ deals with his volatile teaching career in Grimsby at both primary and secondary level; his lack of proficiency at school politics; his ‘careers’ as a local referee, pig-keeper and member of the Home Guard;his son’s triumph over early adversity; his final, happy years teaching and the leaving of Grimsby to try out various new experiences in the Blackpool area. It deals honestly with his social failings, his relationship with his cantankerous father and his views on education and gives a valuable insight into the lot of the humble teacher from the 1920s to the 1960s.< Less

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