Give us this day…
When I moved from my old website to this new one some posts I wanted to move over. Specifically I wanted to add a section on bread.
Bread is important to me.
This is a post I had on the old website to explain my passion for bread. It explains my ongoing project too.
Some years ago (2013 as it happens) I did a project called Nation Of Shopkeepers. I say I “did” but I never really finished it and despite trying to do more on it a few years ago it really halted of its own accord.
For those that know me well they’ll know that I am a keen baker. My non-business Instagram page is full of pictures of bread as I do a fair bit of sourdough bread baking.
Those that know me really well also know that my ancestors are bakers. In my genealogy research I can point straight back to my great grandfather as a baker and take my dad’s side of the family back through St Albans and Epping, back via Boundary Lane in London (the boundary of East and West Ham) to Pembury in Kent in the year 1805 where a master baker by the name of Thomas Cornwell was born.
Here are some of my ancestors and some of the bakeries! (Some are the same person at different ages.)
You could say that I have a “thing” for heritage bakery.
When I did the Nation Of Shopkeepers project I was keen to have a traditional baker in the set.
This gent was at a bakery in Hook, near our old home in Basingstoke.
I even managed to find a Cornwell Bakery in Cranfield in Surrey – though a bit of research suggested they weren’t related to us at all.
The Give Us This Day Project
Having got the itch for baking bread and following bakeries I started a project in association with The Real Bread Campaign
The idea is to document various aspects of bakeries working. I’ve been capturing bakers, millers, I’ve even taken photos of a class being run to show people all about sourdough.
This section of my website is dedicated to all things bread. Look for more posts about bread and more examples of images from The Real Bread Campaign bakery project as they become available.