Celebration Cakes – Cranleigh
Following on from the first post about the roots of my bakery project this is the prequel!
I’ve said before that I come from a long line of bakers. I can trace my bakery roots back to 1805 and a master baker by the name of Thomas Cornwell born in Pembury in Kent.
Knowing that my ancestors were bakers meant that, of course, I searched for bakers currently called Cornwell. There was one in the Guild of Bakers. Exciting.
I was in luck. I found “Cornwell’s Celebration Cakes” in Cranleigh in Surrey. And just as obviously that I had to search for them – I had to get in contact.
Thus it was that on the 6th of June 2009 I headed down to Cranleigh to take some photos of a baker’s hands at work for a project I was doing on hands.
Thomas Cornwell and his son Simon Cornwell chatted to me for some time before I went on my way. The current guild member was a in their family. Tantilised by the name “Thomas” I was convinced there was a connection with our family histories. The genealogical research I did took a fair while. Sadly I couldn’t make the connection. They seem to hail from Suffolk at a similar time to my family coming from Kent.
As with the post from the Nation Of Shopkeepers I’ve re-processed these images to more of my current style.