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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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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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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Snape's Stores was started by Harry Snape Circa 1930's/40's.  He purchased the bakery which was called Allerton's at the time.

The tiled floor to the shop doorway, still exists today.

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Ron Snape and Fred Steele with the last loaf out of the oven.

We use to go past 2 bakeries when we got the bus to Trentham.  I know one of them was called Lack's.

 

Margery Cooper  19/08/14

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There use to be a bloke that made his own bread in Hanley.  I got my bread from the Co Op on Wellington Road.

 

Margery Cooper  19/08/14

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Apparently our flat in Wolstanton combined with two neighbours buildings used to  be a bakery. It's Chetwynd St. There's a big house on the corner, a hairdressers and the flat behind, opposite St Margarets' Church. It was the hairdresser who told  me. Apparently her shop was the oven, there's a big chimney on top.

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2014

After I left University I had a few temping jobs.  One of these was a bread taster at Allied Bakeries on the A34.  My job was to collect samples of bread from the production line and leave them on shelves and watch them go mouldy over 4 days.

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2000

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

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

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

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

My grandfather John (Jack) Lyth was a baker at a bakery in Wrinehill.  I don't know the name of the bakery but it was next to The Bluebell pub on the corner of Main Road and Checkley Lane.

 

John Lyth and George Aplin circa 1920's

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1910

Sanderson's Store, Mount Pleasant.

Started in 1900 by James Sanderson, he had a store and baked his own bread on the premises untill World War 2.

After this time he bought bread in from different suppliers locally and as far a field as Stoke on Trent and Manchester.

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1900
Sanderson's Store circa1960