Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Sharon – Keele University

Chris Twigg

Date: 01/05/14

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”.

During the late 80's early 90's I lived in a house in Northwood that always smelt of bread.  We were so poor and we worked out it was cheaper to make our own bread.  Every morning I would get up, make my bread, let it rise and bake it, every day.  For a treat we would walk into Hanley and get oatcakes.  There was a hatch in the wall and you would queue up to get them.

I also remember in the early 70's having Harvest Festival.  The ladies of the parish would make these enormous loaves shaped like wheat sheathes.  Everybody would get together and share them.

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