We use to go and get bread a cottage loaf and sometimes a bloomer loaf.  I'd get them from the local bakers when I lived in Ramsgate in the early 1930's.

I moved to Stoke in 1996 and I would get bread from Burgess Bakery.

 

Sarah Aldridge  19/08/14

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1996

It was only when I ended up in London that I developed a bagel habit. I can

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1995

I made bread at high school with Mrs Cuts, I'm a bit of a martial arts fan so I knocked hell out of it in the kneading process and I did well as it was an exam.

 

Howson Forrester  16/08/14

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1990

(woman) There's always the one down at Trent Vale, Kiplings now, that's still going isn't it. The only one is Burgess's they used to do alot of cakes and things like that. They did their own bread Burgess's did. He used to make bread, quite awhile back.

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1990

During the late 80's early 90's I lived in a house in Northwood that always smelt of bread.  We were so poor and we worked out it was cheaper to make our own bread.  Every morning I would get up, make my bread, let it rise and bake it, every day.  For a treat we would walk into Hanley and get oatcakes.  There was a hatch in the wall and you would que up to get them.

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1988

When I was 9 years old we lived next door to a lady who was 95 my mum would tell me to pop in to her on my way home from school.  She would ask me if I would like to have a piece of bread.  The first time she asked me I said 'yes please' because I was hungry, as you are having walked home from school.

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1979

My worst memory of bread was going up to get bread at the supermarket.  It was during the bread strike and I had to miss registration as you were only allowed one loaf per person.

 

Penny Copestake 01/05/14

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1978

During the bread strike in the 70's I was living in Longport and the gentleman at the chip shop use to get me fresh yeast.  I think a lot of people must of tried this at home when the bread strike was on.  I did use to make it but it never use to taste the same as bought bread, but it had to surfice.

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1977

I can remember 2 bread strikes.  There was a bakery called Smith's and people would que and que, my father-in-law would go and stand outside and get us all a loaf of bread.

The second one was in the 70's, my husband had a friend who worked at the bakery and he would get a tray of bread.  He'd share this out around the street so everybody had bread.

 

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1976

When I was 5 or 6 my dad use to make bread.  Because it was an old fashioned house it had a coal fire.  He had to keep the temperature in the kitchen at a set level and it had to be really really warm.  We weren't allowed in the kitchen and if anyone opened the door, even for a second, he would yell at us.  At the end there would be mountains and mountains of these little bread cakes.

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1975

My mum use to make bread in 1975, I use to come home from school and there'd be a bowl in the airing cupboard with a towel over the top and I'd think 'mums baking bread again'.  She would make bread and rolls, not all the time just now and again.

She came from Aberdeen and would make Aberdeen Rolls 'Rowies' they called them.  We use to have them warm with melted butter and jam on.

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1975

In 1974 I was going camping in La Havre.  I carried on at a junction and forgot to give way to the right.  A french man on a bike had to stop and waved his bread stick at me.

 

Phil Morris 07/06/14

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1974

I'm fifty two now and when I was thirteen the teacher asked us all to make this bread in a plant pot.  We enjoyed all the kneading, it was fun to us.  We were punching it and really kneading it. Then we baked it in one of the old terracotta pots.  She (the teacher) said you'll never taste bread like it again.  I never have, it was beautiful.

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1972

We use to have the bread man come, he would bring bread and cake a couple of times a week.

Dawn, member of Nimble Fingers group, Newcastle Borough Museum.  27/05/14

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1972

Back in the 70's there was a bread strike and bread was in short supply.  I was on a PMT bus once and there was some bread being delivered to a shop.  The bus spotted it, stopped his bus and ran over to get some bread.

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1972

I remember going for bagels with my dad, it was a Jewish bakery.  I was aged 5-12 and lived in Manchester, you don't see them bakeries round here.  They do these American ones in the supermaket in packets but I don't think they're as nice.  We would also get normal loaves from the same bakery, my dad sliced his bread like a door step.

 

Elaine Williams  19/08/14

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1972

I use to work at 'Champion" in Trent Vale, on the twilight shift.  I had to work twilight because you'd got to work around your children and your husbands job.  I use to get the bus to Newcastle then walk to Trent Vale.  I worked at the end of a belt and off would come these sponges 12 at a time on a big baking tray, you had to wear 3 pairs of oven gloves because they were very, very hot.

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1972

Craig Bounford's memories of working for Sanderson's Store, Mow Cop and seeing the bread ovens of the bakery that used to be owned by Kiddy Boot.

 

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1971
Craig Bounford outside his garage,Mow Cop.

We use to get fresh bread from the local shop.  It doesn't taste the same from the supermarket, the loves gone out of it now.

 

Aiden Herrick  16/08/14

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1970

Oh I've made bread, when we had the strike, it was called Soda Bread, there's no yeast in that. At the time we just did it because there was no other way. Put all the ingredients ready for when I got home from work and soon after my husband would come, he would see to the tea and I'd be making the bread ready for tea.

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1970

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