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a huge dining room & sitting room, the maid probably earned 5-6 shillings a week & considering there were 4 huge sons & farm hands to cook & clean for, she must have worked from morn till night, of course the 4 daughters had to work as well, but of all my sister-in-laws I really loved Gladys. She was very good to Mum & Dad & through the war years she saw they were looked after. Two of her brothers were butchers, so meat was never a problem  Then there was Brocton Common, of course in those days, between the two wars, Cannock Chase was miles & miles of forestry common land & little villages & hamlets  It was only in later years I realized how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful place, now I'm told so much has gone, but it's nice to remember. I forgot to tell you also about the little house we lived in. It was the end one of 4, off the main road, up what was a lane & led on to "the common." The house consisted of a scullery, a kitchen-cum-living room with a large pantry & a parlour — only used at week-ends & special occasions, 2 large bedrooms each with 2 double-beds. Mum & Dad had one &