I remember going to Maggies shop.  The bread didn't come wrapped up or anything like that, it use to come on trays and she would just tip it into a big box that she had in the shop.  I use to go in and say 'can I have a loaf Mrs Bolton?' and she would reply 'yes alright, help yourself'.  Well, I was only small and I had to scrawl up the box and try and get in, I did it and I didn't fall in.

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My Dad, Ron Snape, who retired twenty years ago had a shop in Longton, called Snapes' Stores. The shop was a general grocery shop which also sold sandwiches, it also had a small bakery at the rear of the shop which baked bread, jam tarts, custards, cakes, pork pies and more. It was run by Fred Steele who worked for my Grandad and Dad for fifty two years.

 

 

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Right, what I remember about bread is the story of my cousins grandfather, he was a builder, he came from Ireland. It was in Clydebank in Scotland and he was a good builder, built lots of houses and did OK. One of the things he did was build a bakery, a bakehouse and he got alot of children and this was the place for his daughters to work, two or three of them. They used to run the bakery.

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I was a good cook at school and when my sister was a baby my mother was poorly so every lesson that didn't matter like cookery and P.E. I had to be at home.  So it's my sisters fault I can't make bread.

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I used to work on the night shift at Embrey's, it was quiet but you had to keep your eye on things. Me Mum had a big family, thirteen of us and they said I could take home any brown bread. So I'd go home with handfuls of brown bread.

Man at exhibition on 3May 

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Frank Hughes worked at Stones Bros Bakery from leaving school and worked his way up to being one of their most valued employees and bakers.  

He learnt to drive at the bakery

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Stottiecakes, I see you've got them up there. (in the exhibition) I used to have an oatcake shop inMaybank, I had a guy that travelled up and down to the North East, he'd buy oatcakes from means bring me Stottie cakes in return.

Man at exhibition on 3 May 

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I grew up in Wales and we would have Bara Brith at a funeral with tea and butter.  We had the same thing 20 years ago when my farther died.

Both my mother and my grand mother made their own bread.  My mother would make bara brith every week, my other grand mother would make it on special ocassions .

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I can remember Pedley's Bakery behind Pedley's Post Office in Smallthorne.  people use to take meat to cook in his oven.

 

Malcolm Barber  20/08/14

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There was a little bakery in Oxford Street, Penkhull.  They use to make bread and baps.  When there was a strike on at the big bakeries people were queuing down the street to get the bread.  During 'The Winter of Discontent' you were only allowed one loaf at the supermarket.

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I never really tried making bread, I had a bread machine when they first came out but it didn't taste the same.

When the bread strike was on that time I got a recipe for oatcakes but that didn't work very well, you need to have the right environment.

 

Wendy Greatbatch  21/08/14

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There were 2 bake shops on London Road, Beardmores and Marsh's.  Marsh's still bake their own bread.  I do love fresh crusty bread, it's the companion of your life.  As you get older you don't need as much bread, my husband did though.

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This shop in Longton just over on the market, they make it (bread) and sometimes there's a crowd waiting outside to get a piece. They make their own bread and cakes, everything. I'm a potter, I don't know anything about bread.

Man in OCIS cafe

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As a kid we would have chip butties on a Friday because my dad didn't get paid until Saturday.  You could get a loaf of bread, half a dozen eggs and a bag of chips off the milkman and you didn't have to pay him until Saturday.  That was always Friday night tea as we didn't have any money left.

We only ever had white bread, now I only ever eat brown.

Mandy Ancas  27/05/14

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My uncle worked for Roberts Bakery in Biddulph, he'd drop the bread off.

There was another typr of bread, Almonds Bakery, that was an old one as well.

 

Mary Taylor  20/08/14

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I remember Burgess's bakery and the Smithfield cattle market across the road and I also remember the Sutherland Arms pub used to have a thatched roof and all the farmers on market day used to park their horses and traps there. I remember when all the traffic used to come through here (High Street) this was the main throughough fare.

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It was beautiful bread was,it was lovely.  During the war I got bread from the Co Op.

My dad was a chef and he would make his own bread, it was alright but it wasn't like bought bread.  During the war he worked where they made the food, I was never hungry.

If I could get bread delivered now I'd have a loaf a day.

 

Woman 1 from Age Uk group, Tunstall 20/08/14

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The kneading is very therapeutic. I like to watch people do it, rather than do it myself. I don't know, I find it mesmerising. I love to see it, I watch television, it's lovely to watch. it's nice like watching a film or a dance. It's just so nice.

Woman (in passing at Newcastle Museum) 27/5/14

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I put a piece of bread in the toaster now and when it comes out it's little.  I had bread and cheese for my tea, it didn't do me any harm and I'm 93, we didn't know what cholesterol was!  When i was young we use to have a piece of rolled up pudding and gravy before dinner.

 

Woman 2 from Age UK group, Tunstall  20/08/14

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