Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Mary Taylor

Chris Twigg

Date: 20/08/14

Location: Tunstall

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 can remember 2 bread strikes.  There was a bakery called Smith's and people would que and que, my father-in-law would go and stand outside and get us all a loaf of bread.

The second one was in the 70's, my husband had a friend who worked at the bakery and he would get a tray of bread.  He'd share this out around the street so everybody had bread.

My uncle worked for Roberts Bakery in Biddulph, he'd drop the bread off.

There was another type of bread, Almonds Bakery, that was an old one as well.

When I was at school you had cooking lessons, the whole room was like a kitchen.  We all did proper baking from scratch.  You had the yeast and the water and everything.  We made a whole loaf on our own then took it home and ate it, it was well worth doing.

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