How We Used to Live is a British educational historical television drama written by Freda Kelsall and sometimes narrated by Redvers Kyle. Production began in 1968 at Yorkshire Television studios in Leeds. The series traced the lives and fortunes of various fictional Yorkshire families from the Victorian era until the 1960s, in and around the fictional town of Bradley.
The Hodgkins family lives in a new suburb of a Yorkshire manufacturing town. Arthur, a railwayman, is buying the semi-detached house on a mortgage, having moved from rented accommodation in a terrace during the building boom of the early 'thirties. His wife, Mabel, devotes herself to the home and their family of four children, Jimmy (14), Patricia (12), Avril (8), and Edward (2).