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Florence Cole as a child

Bakers' deliveries
in London in the early 1900s

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The baker's delivery cart

Bakers' two-wheel delivery hand cart, early 1900s, showing the removable shelves for the bakery products

Bakers' two-wheel delivery hand cart, showing the removable shelves for the bakery products. Photographed in Milton Keynes Museum.

There is another picture of a baker's hand cart.

When I was a child in the early 1900s, bakers would come every day to deliver orders to houses. Our baker, Breyers, had a two wheel hand cart with a wooden legs at the back to support it.

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Bread deliveries by horse and cart

In later years, or possibly for delivering further afield, Breyers used a horse and cart.

The baker's horse

Many a time as my mother and I waited for the bread to arrive for our 'elevenses', we would go out into the street to see how far the delivery had got, only to see the baker, many houses away, struggling to get the horse to stop eating the neighbour's privet hedge before continuing on.

David Perfect

My mother told me that Breyers Bakers of 123 Silver Street had a horse which was stabled in their yard in Bulwer Road. By the time I was a child in the late 1950s, this bakers had gone and the shop was a funeral director's.

Pat Slocombe

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Paying for bread delivery

Two-wheel hand cart used by bakers and bakers boys to deliver bread and other bakery, about 1903

Two-wheel hand cart used by bakers to deliver their wares to houses. Photograph courtesy of the Scarff family. The bakers' boy is George Scarff (1889-1960) delivering to Bulwer Road, Edmonton, while working for Breyers Bakery in Silver Street, Edmonton. This dates the photo to about 1903.

The women didn't pay for their bread as they bought it. The baker carried a book in a leather pouch, and every item was entered into it. Then women then paid for a whole week on Saturdays.

During the 1914-18 war, though, things changed. So many men were called up into the forces that we had to go and get our own bread from the shop.

If you can add anything to this page or provide a photo, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Pat Cryer
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