Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Baking History

In 2014 we carried out a six-month project researching the history of bread and baking in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. We recruited a team of volunteer bread champions to go out into their communities and record the stories, recipes and life experiences of all sorts of people, from those who remember grandma’s fruit loaf to those who worked at Allied Bakeries.

On this page you will find interviews illustrating Stoke’s rich baking heritage. This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If you would like to contribute to our Baking History archive please get in touch


Crown Bakery, Stones Brothers

An interview with John Stones

Working at Sandersons Bakery

An interview with Brian Sanderson

Working at Stones Brothers bakery

An interview with Frank Hughes

Delivering bread as a boy

An interview with Craig Bounford

Snape’s Stores

An interview with Martin Snape


Aural histories of Baking in North Staffordshire

85 interviews with North Staffordshire residents about memories of bread and baking

Access the entire collection of interviews here

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