Item BCA - 2017.538 - Tony Allam baking the last batches of bread before Constables closed c1981

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Tony Allam baking the last batches of bread before Constables closed c1981


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pdf of 35 photographs & 5 pages of notes

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Tony Allam was the baker for Mrs Constable for many years. The shop was by the roundabout opposite The Talbot and is now the Chinese takeaway called Mark's Kitchen. These photographs show the beautiful ovens and all the surrounding area.
Trevor License - "I grew up in the back of the bakery as my mum Greta License used to work there with Tony Allam and Ken East. My job when I was old enough was to put jam in the doughnuts after giving them a sugary bath without getting stung by all the wasps of course. The smell of the Hovis bread is still the best memory ever.
I still make lardy cakes the same way when I get chance."

BA8B56~2. The baker’s cart with the name Bampton Bakery on it is tipped over outside the east window of St Mary's. It probably belonged to Constables who had the bakers and confectionery business on the corner of Bridge Street and Rosemary Lane.

BAFC90~1. This was one of the ovens at Constable's bakery on the corner of the Market Square and Rosemary Lane. It closed in the 1980s and all who lived in Bampton prior to it closing recall the lovely bread and the mouth-watering lardy cakes and their cream cakes. The premises have been variously a wine shop, solicitors and at the moment (2018) it is Mark's Kitchen, a Chinese Take Away.

BA70C7~1. The last customer leaving Constable's bakery before it closed for ever in the 1980s. Their bread, cream cakes and mouth-watering lardy cakes are still sorely missed.

a629b. Fire Brigade at competition camp. Back row:- Mr Fox, Edward 'Ted' Green, 'Papa' Townsend, Tom Constable (baker) and Fred Green. Front row:- Billy Wilkins and James Green.

A639a. Outside Bampton Town Hall Fire Station. R. Cripps. Fox. Jesse King. Fox. (1 of the Fox's is Mavis Green's Grandfather). T.A. Constable. Cambria Williams. Dick Rose. Edward. J. (Ted) Green. George (Pet) Townsend. Alec Townsend. Eustace.

A937. Ivy Constable on her 100th birthday at Oathurst (now Rosebank in High Street) old people's home in 1999. Tom Constable bought the bakery in 1895.

img304. Notes by J L Hughes-Owens about Viner’s the drapers and Constable’s the bakery.

img302. On the right-hand edge can be seen George Joyner's bakery, now a private dwelling called Bakery Cottage. The business was bought by Mr Shepherd (could be Sheppard) and then in 1898 by Thomas Augustus Constable of Lechlade. The other shop is Viner's, the drapery store. Mr Constable bought Viner's, moved his bakery business into it and made his old shop into his sitting room. Buildings at the back were used to bake the bread.

img273. Newspaper clipping - April 18th 1969. Smoke was detected at Constables the bakers by Kenneth East who worked there. Part of the slate roof had to be torn away so that firemen could kill the fire in the attic. A few months before there was a small fire in an oven.

img371b. A photograph of the Bampton Fire Brigade with two shields and a cup won before 1919. All men are named: back row L-R Edward Green, Isaac Widdows, James Green, Tom King, Tom Constable, George "Papa" Townsend; front row L-R Cambrian Williams & Dick Rose

img083. Invoice from TA Constable Baker, Confectioner and Carriage Proprietor issued to Mr Frederick John Green on February 18th 1921. This was for a carriage to his wedding - cost 10/- (50p). There were horses and stables at the back of Constables and they hired out their horse and carriages for weddings and the fire brigade borrowed their horses before the day of motorised fire appliances.

For a sound recording of Ivy Constable talking with John Simpson of Radio Oxford see entry number 2018.1403

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