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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

I grew up in Winehill and during the 1960's we bought sliced bread from Alpin's shop and the post office after Alpin's closed.  I would get 1 loaf of Mothers Pride and 1 loaf of Sunblest.  I can alos remember my maternal grandmother would get bread delivered when I was 5, during the 1950's.  I would have a triangular piece with butter on, if I was good.

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1950

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

We use to go to the little corner shop to get bread and none of it was wrapped, there was a crust on top and I'd eat it on the way home, I was hungry!  It was beautiful I loved the crust.

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1948

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

I remember Embery's bakery also Swetenhams use to have a shop on the corner of London Road and Brick Kiln Lane, Chesterton.  Their bakery was down by the roundabout at Loomer Road, it's flats now.

 

Dorothy, Salvation Army 02/07/14

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1945

I was brought up in Smallthorne, I was born in 1941, and I remember the horse and cart from the Co-op used to deliver the bread and milk everyday.

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1945

I remember Woodvine Bakery in Vale Street, Silverdale.  Seventy year ago, I was about eight or nine.  The bread nice and fresh, better than the stuff you get in the supermarket.  You could only afford to have homemade jam on it.

Reginald & Yvonne Durbert

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1944

I remember one year Talke Pitts got cut off because the snow was so deep.  There was a Co Op bakery in Butt Lane and my brothers got a sledge and got money off people round about em and whent and got bread.

 

Agnus Billinge  19/08/14

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1942

Bread was very dark during the war. It looked dirty to me, but that was the bread we had then!

Was it good for us?.....well I'm still here.  I think the additives in bread are just the opposite now.

If you had any bread left over it would go in the 'pig bin', to feed the pig, you'd put all your peelings in as well.

 

Gene Charnock

 

 

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1940

The Stone house below the chapel use to be a bakery.  I don't remember it then but I've seen the old ovens in it when I was a kid.

I remember my grandma would make her own bread, one or two loaves a day I think.

In the old days people would have baked their own bread.  They would of had an oven in the wall outside, like the wells.  You wouldn't of had an oven indoors then.

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1940

Bakery, I lived next door to one when I was a kid, Oxford Road, Basford. I remember the men leaning on the wall, getting a warm at night. Sometimes me Dad would take me, he'd stand around and chat and the kids would play around, they'd be getting warm. We used to get the bread fresh from the oven, the shops still there, but not the bakery, well I don't think it is.

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1940

Stones's, do you remember? Did you know Stones's bakery, it was at the bottom of this road (Hassell St towards Lower St) on the righthand side. A little shop front with a bakery at the back used to be the best bread in Staffordshire. Home made bread, beautiful, they used to pies there, sausage rolls and everything.

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1940

In the late 40's through the 50's i gre up in The Weslands and we had brad delivered 3 days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  They would would drop 2 loaves on the back door step (it was under cover) and 3 on Friday's.  It was from Pickfords bakery, they had a son who would help deliver it sometimes.  I'm not sure where the bakery was but I think it's where the oatcake shop is on the A34.

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1940

In the late 1930's at Christmas time my dad use to take our bird to be cooked at Stones Bakery in Newcastle.  We would have a turkey or a duck or fowl.  We had to pluck it at home first.  We would sit there when my dad brought this bird in and we would pluck it and put the feathers on the fire.

 

Brenda Farrington 02/07/14

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1938

I remember me neighbour use to make bread, it was like a bloomer.  She let it rise next to the fire, for quite a while....over night I think.  I never watched her make it, I wish I did.

My mum and dad had a shop in Park Hall Street, Longton, they sold bread and it was four and half pence.  I was born in 1933 and we moved into that shop when I was five, they sold everything.

 

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1938

I remember my mother making bread in a dirty great big bowl that we use to put on the harthe by the side of an old range.  My mother always use to make her own bread up 'til during the war when you couldn't get the yeast to make it.  We use to buy it from the shops then.

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1934

My father ( J. Smith) had a bakery in London.  When I was a boy he would let me put the bread in the oven with the shovel, it was very hot.  He would sell cakes to the boys and girls going to school.  When I was in India (during the war) one of the fellows would bake the bread.

Harold Smith

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1933

My Mum made bread years ago, of course, she's gone now, naturally when I 'm ninety you can't expect her to be alive. There was only four of us, she did have more children but they didn't live. She had have more children but they didn't live.

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1930

Stones Bakery was started in the late 1800' by Arthur John Stones

His 2 sons Edwin Thomas Stones (Ed) and Harold John Stones (John) took over the bakery in 1928 and it bacame Stones Bros

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1928
Arthur John Stones

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