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IslandCafe
Modbury, Devon
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1 of 165  Sat 29th May 2010 2:13pm  
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Following a suggestion in the guest book about local bakeries I immediately thought I know dozens having delivered flour to most of them in the early fifties so I started thinking. First was Suttons, a purpose built modern bakery in Maudslay Rd with electric delivery vans taking about 10 tons a week. Then came Savages in Argyle St, this was an old established bakery with stabling for the horses and the delivery "vans" on the premises, also taking around 10 tons a week, which had to be carried up an outside wooden staircase in 140lb sacks. Then I thought of Gladdings, much smaller but made fantastic cakes. This is where age kicked in and although there were so many smaller bakeries scattered all over taking perhaps one or two sacks a week my mind went blank so help me please. Alan
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dutchman
Spon End
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2 of 165  Sun 30th May 2010 2:37pm  
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How about Pail's in Craven Street? (Only recently just closed) Hunt's of Spon Street. Also can you please tell us whereabouts in Maudslay Road Suttons was located as I often visit there to use the post office and wonder what previous use the various buildings had before?
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Bryn Thomas
Ammanford, South Wales
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3 of 165  Mon 31st May 2010 2:27pm  
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There was one on Lockhurst Lane, near to the railway bridge. The name began with an F. They used to deliver in horse-drawn carts
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IslandCafe
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4 of 165  Mon 31st May 2010 3:07pm  
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dutchman said: Also can you please tell us whereabouts in Maudslay Road Suttons was located as I often visit there to use the post office and wonder what previous use the various buildings had before?
Looking on Google earth I see there is a road called Bakery Lane, as that is the approximate position of Suttons I guess that is how it got its name. How long it has been gone I have no idea. Alan
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dutchman
Spon End
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5 of 165  Mon 31st May 2010 6:02pm  
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Ah yes, the name should have given me a clue! (I was hoping it was one the more decorative buildings close to the junction with Allesley Road). I can see from Google Street View that the houses either side of the road and directly opposite are all still original. The earliest planning reference I can find is 1995 but it may have been demolished long before that.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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6 of 165  Mon 31st May 2010 7:14pm  
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When I used to do shopping errands as a lad, the bakers we used was Stead's at the bottom of Spencer Road on the corner of Albany Road
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dutchman
Spon End
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7 of 165  Mon 31st May 2010 7:26pm  
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And what a beautiful collection of Edwardian buildings that is! Always wondered what it was originally, it's now Briant Curtaining.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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8 of 165  Tue 1st Jun 2010 2:15pm  
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That's the one! PS Apologies - it's Spencer Avenue not Spencer Road Doh!
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kayhannah
Kent
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9 of 165  Sat 12th Jun 2010 10:53pm  
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Bryn Thomas said: There was one on Lockhurst Lane, near to the railway bridge. The name began with an F. They used to deliver in horse-drawn carts
Farr and Reddy (not too sure of the spelling)
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Greenman
Cumbria
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10 of 165  Mon 14th Jun 2010 8:01pm  
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There was a small bakery in Longford, called Suttons if I recall correctly. They delivered round Longford and Aldermans Green using an immaculate brown horse-drawn van right through to the end of the sixties and into the eary seventies.l
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dutchman
Spon End
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11 of 165  Sat 18th Jun 2011 3:50pm  
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Does anyone know what's happening to the building formerly used by Pail's bakery in Craven Street? The Telegraph (as accurate as ever) claimed it was being turned into an art gallery. I expressed my doubts about that at the time since my stepfather once ran a gallery nearby of which there is no longer any trace. When I passed Pail's the other day it still had a 'For Sale' sign outside although there is no mention of it on Loveitt's website. It's difficult to see what other use the building could be put to? It's a very odd shape and (I assume, looking at it from the outside) still contains much of the specialist baking equipment.
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Tricia
Bedworth
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12 of 165  Thu 23rd Jun 2011 4:33pm  
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Bryn Thomas said: There was one on Lockhurst Lane, near to the railway bridge. The name began with an F. They used to deliver in horse-drawn carts
According to my husband who lived in Radford the bakery was called 'Farr and Ready'. My husband remembers buying cakes there after visiting Livingstone Road Swimming Baths.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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13 of 165  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 2:56pm  
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Farr & Ready supplied the buns for our Sunday school outings. My wife, typing the church magazine miss quoted and stated that 'All had had a good time with plenty of buns & mild supplied by Farr & Ready. It should have read buns & milk, I am sure. No wonder they all had a good time.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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14 of 165  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 3:15pm  
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There was a Foleshill Bakery called Laurels, who delivered by horse. At the foot of the Foleshill Station railway bridge, one of their carts came to grief along with the horse which had bolted. The area was quite a mess, having involved other vehicles. I can't be sure of the date but sometime in the early sixties.
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LesM
Melbourne, Australia
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15 of 165  Thu 7th Jul 2011 1:03pm  
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Does anyone remember the Co-operative Model Bakery in Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill? I think the external shell of the building still stands but I understand it has been used by many different companies sice its original demise. My uncle, Jack Wedlake, worked there stoking two enormous red boilers with coke to provide the steam (I think) for the bakery. Sometimes, as a young boy, I would ride on my bike from Canley across the fields to chat with him in his little "office" in the boiler room. When they were shorthanded he had to work in the factory and I used to love to help him "tin the bread" as it was known, putting lumps of dough into steel bread containers. Enormous machines took twenty or so tins of dough at a time up into a furnace to make the bread rise. Just as quickly you had to get around the other side to empty the tins onto a conveyor belt. Any that were missed got a second roasting and as you can guess the foreman wasn't happy and we got a roasting too. Hot bread never smelled or tasted so good! So sad to see what was once such a proud building just laid to waste.
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