Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Elain Hughes & Karen Beardmore (sisters)

Bread In Common

Interview with: Elain Hughes & Karen Beardmore (sisters)

Date: 21/08/14

Location: Stoke

Interviewer: Steve Cooling

Permission given to use interview for website, exhibition and Staffordshire archive: YES

Question asked “What do you remember about bread or bread baking”.


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.


We were brought up in Penkhull and at that time there was a little bakery up London Road.  Marsh's it was called and they use to deliver up to the shops in Penkhull.  The bread was wrapped up in tissue paper.


Our dad worked at a bakery for 30 years, that's why we're fat 'cause we ate all the cake.  It was 'Champion' when he first went, then it was 'Mr Kipling'.  He hurt his back there pushing a barrel to the mixer.  He was off for a while and when he went back he worked in 'hygiene', it was posh for a cleaner.

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