11 Sunday Dinners

Prior to 1930, most of the houses in rows and yards did not have gas cookers but used the oven built into the fireplace. When no coal fire was in use, the oven could not be used. On Sundays many people took their roast or Yorkshire pudding to the bakehouse to be cooked.. So on our way to church we would take the pudding or roast in our own baking dish to Warner’s or Yate’s bakehouse. I don’t know what determined which, I know that one Sunday I had to carry it down to Benson’s on Affleck Bridge. Having deposited the dish suitablymarked with a name, we went on to church. We paid attention to the sound of the bells which were saying “Come to church you lazy beggar”, and when the five minute bell started we would put on a spurt, because in those days people came to church on time. After chuch we would go back to the bakehouse and wait for the oven to be openned. It was a high-spirited gossippy crowd who passed lots of comments as the baker took them out of the oven, one at a time, and placed them on the bread table. The baking dishes were of various sizes and shapes, and the meats ranged from frozen mutton to good English beef. I never heared of any one taking home the wrong dish, although sometimes we would like to have done. For thisservice we paid the baker a penny or three halfpence according to the size of the dish.
Best regards, Len.