Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Michael Griffin

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”.

In the late 40's through the 50's I grew up in The Westlands and we had brad delivered 3 days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They would would drop 2 loaves on the back door step (it was under cover) and 3 on Friday's.  It was from Pickfords bakery, they had a son who would help deliver it sometimes.  I'm not sure where the bakery was but I think it's where the oatcake shop is on the A34.  We had tin loaves and cobs, we'd eat it with butter and jam on, there wasn't much else around in the early days.  My father would have bacon and cheese on it, I didn't have that.

In the 50's my uncle had a shop in Wolstanton and he would deliver to us.  He got his bread from Birkett and Roberts.

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