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Prologue

Looking for the Grave
ByRichard Hoggart

The death certificate, when we finally acquired one a year or so ago, said that Adelaide (an error; her name was ‘Adeline’) Emma Hoggart had died at the age of forty-six, and was buried on 17 February 1927. The cause of death, translated, was tuberculosis; she seems to have died on the fifteenth; the address given as her ‘abode’ was ‘123 Beckett Street’, which was and is the enormous St James’ Infirmary in a grim part of North Leeds; a delicate touch.