My fathers Jamaican and he was a baker, a Jamaican baker, so that might be interesting how different cultures have a different spin on how they make their bread. So we used to see Jamaican Buns being made in our house in the 70's and obvoiously it was as a child I had a fond memory of the way the dishcloth was rising, obviously it was the yeast.

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1970

I make my own bread, brown mostly, by hand, not a breadmaker. I learned at school in the 70's, they don't teach them anything now, no cookery. I taught all mine to cook from scrtach, no prepared foods. I get my yeast from Tescos, some places won't give it to you because it's a live organism.

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1970

You're talking years ago now, when the kids were little, in the 1970's, bakers' were on strike. We had to bake our own bread, it wasn't too bad, well the kids ate it. Can't remember how we did it. I don't think we got a recipe, somebody told us you have to have the yeast and we did it on the off chance. All we did was got yeast and the flour.

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1970

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 mum and dad would buy bread from the local shop when I was 4.  That's the first time I can remember eating bread.

 

Jo Corney  16/08/14

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1967

Swetenhams use to have a bakery in Chesterton, where the library is.  They use to do 'Mothers Choice' and deliver it in Commer vans.  Victor Values took over Swetenhams.  I use to work for them until they closed in 1967, I was 20.  When Victor Values took over they stopped making bread and bought 'Wonder Loaf' in, after about 6 months they bought 'Mothers Pride' in as well.

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1967

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 at school you had cooking lessons, the whole room was like a kitchen.  We all did proper baking from scratch.  You had the yeast and the water and everything.  We made a whole loaf on our own then took it home and ate it, it was well worth doing.

 

Mary Taylor 20/08/14

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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

We use to have a man who came round and delivered bread, he had a van I think.  His name was Alex.  I was 8 years old and lived in Blurton.  We had his bread every day.

 

Paul Aspley  16/08/14

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1962

I hadn't passed me test, it's when drivers had a van lad, spent about, oh I don't know six months on there (Embrey's  Bakery). But in the early 60's there were plenty of jobs about and you went for another ten shillings a week somewhere.

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1960
Ford THames 4D

I live in Trentham, come here on the bus, on my own. Bread, well yes, me Mum used to make bread and she started me off. I used to make it by hand at one time, but I can't 'cos I've got arthritis in my right hand, but I have got a breadmaker.

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1960

I can remember Mr Crinchley would deliver bread in a van around Smallthorne.  I think he got the bread from The Co Op in Newport Lane.  It wasn't wrapped or nothing, it was a solid loaf.

 

Malcolm Barber 20/08/14

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1957

I remember when I was 4 or 5 going to the bakers with my mum to get bread.  They sold it fresh in a brown paper bag.  As children we would have tea and that would be jam and bread.

My father was in the army and we would have to move to different countries.  Sometimes we would have the local bread but mostly bread was from the NAFFI, they got it shipped or from a local supplier.

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1955

I made bread at school, plated it, it was very nice, my dad liked it any road.  We used yeast, flour, a bit of salt and kneaded it, get the air out.

 

Sarah Ocknell  20./08/14

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1955

About 60 years ago my mum let me go to the shop for the first time.  I walked up the cinder track  to the shop and asked for a white sliced loaf.  I paid for it and pu the bread in the wax wrapper, tucked it uner my arm and held the change in my other hand.  I ran all the way back to my mum, handed her the change and the wax wrapper that only had one crust in it.

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1954

The pub at the end, The Blackfriars, that used to go down a bank there, there was a bakery down there, a little shop there when we were kids, sixty years ago, 'course it's all gone now, completley gone. And there was a bakers down on London Road opposite, can't remember the name, but opposite was a butchers it's a newspaper shop now and on the opposite side there was a bakery.

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1954

I started making bread in 1953 at high school when I lived in Cambridge. I would make bread at home for my parents.  I love making bread, it's got a lovely feel to it.

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1953

Well we did it at school in them days we did, then I used to watch me mother, then I helped. We used to make dough, then kneading and then putting it in the bread tin, it's all flat when you put it in the bread tin in the oven, and when you pull it out of the oven, it rises.

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1952

My Mum used to see to the students, that used to come to the college in the yard where she lived and she used to do all their baking, dinners, make bread and everything.(St James Church) It was the mens college, mechanics, engineering college and they used to go to the school up the road from where the college was. And me Mum used to do all the dinners.

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1950
The church of St. James-the-Less photo: c.1950's - Lovatt Collection

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