Alice

Alice was born in July 1938 and went to the Foundling Hospital School in Berkhamsted in 1943. She went to live with her birth mother on leaving school, although the relationship turned out to be a difficult one. She is married with two children and five grandchildren and lives in St. Albans.

Alice
Alice

Wouldn't even recognise me

Audio Transcript

She wouldn't even recognise me, that I was her daughter … I had to pretend I just wasn't anybody. It was very difficult, because her younger sister was married to a probation officer.  And often people used to come that were on probation, or they'd come out of prison to the house.  He was awfully good to them, and we used to give them clothes, and it wasn't until one day somebody said to me, "Oh, are you one of the ex-prisoners?"  And I thought-- I'd had enough by then, and I said, you know, to the probation officer-- well, he was just uncle by marriage, "I can take the children's home, I can take all that, but I am not taking this as well."  I said, "Enough is enough.”