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“And so I make a brand-new-life
Fashioned out of brand-new strife
And when I hear the doorbell ring
I can never let them in to me”
(Young Marble Giants)

Shirley is a pretty typical but nonetheless odd place, in that Victorian terraces and 1930s semis are right next to vast 1960s council estates. Because of this it was a deeply class-conscious place.

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