Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Agnus Billinge

Chris Twigg


Location: Chesterton

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 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 went and got bread.

I remember my mother making bread in a dirty great big bowl that we use to put on the hearth 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.

The bread was gorgeous and while it was still warm you'd put butter on it.  She would make white, brown and malt loaf.  She stopped making after the war 'cos she said it's easier to go and buy it.

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