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I've never made bread, well I have once it was more like rock cakes.

 

Freda Wallace 21/08/14

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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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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 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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When I first met my mother-in-law (over 45 years ago) I was suprised she was making her own bread and tea cakes.  She did this quite often, she put the dough in the airing cupboard for quite a few hours to rise.  The bread and tea cakes were very nice and she enjoyed baking.

 

Pauline Bell  21/08/14

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1969

My mother made her own bread, she never bought bread, she did all her own baking.  I remember the smell of it, it was lovely.  We had an old range and she woul put it on the harth to rise.  The smell was all throught the house.  It was just part of my mother because she made everything that we ate.

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1963

when I was a kid I lived in Jamiaca, there use to be a bread van that came through every Tuesday.  In those days things was hard, you just got and eat it.

When I came to England in 1962 bread was outside the shop which was suprising to me, bread without paper.

 

Louise Cambell  21/08/14

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1962

I can remember going to th shop across the road to get bread for my mother, it was wrapped up then.  You use to get free daffodils with the loaves.  That was from Lathems, City Road, Stoke.  They did 'Mothers Pride' I think

 

Maureen Williams  21/08/14

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1950

My mother use to buy bread from the bread shop on London Road until she died 3 years ago, she always had her bread from there.  It use to belong to the Marsh family.  We had a shop on the terrace along from us and Mrs Marsh would come along and deliver the bread to the shop.  She used a bike with a basket on the front.

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1946