When we were ripping up the carpet in Mark’s future study there were a couple of loose floorboards where an electrician had lifted them to wire the house. A few pages of The Guardian newspaper were placed in there and we are fairly confident that we can date the wiring to that time: the summer of 1960.
It would make sense. The Fraser family had lived in the house for a year or so and would have been making improvements. I assume there was electricity in the house before 1960 but it looks as if the house was re-wired at that time. That makes the house’s wiring completely out of date, though we assumed that anyway.
I would say that the carpet also dated from 1960 – the rubber backing had completely disintegrated and turned into a yellow dust. Oliver assisted. We were very pleased to discover the original red hearth tiles underneath.