Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Anne Thornley

Chris Twigg


Location: Newcastle-Under-Lyme

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 grew up in Wrinehill 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. It was a 2lb loaf and came wrapped in white tissue.

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.

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