Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Marian Evans

Chris Twigg


Location: Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Interviewer: Dalit Fishman Hendel

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

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

When I was 9 years old we lived next door to a lady who was 95 my mum would tell me to pop in to her on my way home from school.  She would ask me if I would like to have a piece of bread.  The first time she asked me I said 'yes please' because I was hungry, as you are having walked home from school.  She got a loaf out, held it upright and buttered the top, then she cut the bread very thinly, the thinnest piece of bread I've ever seen. She put it on a plate and put some home made jam on it.  I often wished I could have 2 or 3 slices of this, if not more, but you only ever got one slice.

I think this came from the war years because she was around in the First and Second World War and was still being careful with food.

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