Stedman, Ronald (3 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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    Meat industry

  • Recording date

    1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London

  • Interviewees

    Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Tape 2 Side A: when RS and friend, Roland Cavell, chose not to eat at Butchers’ Hall because could get better food at Rules. Standard of meat variable at Butchers’ Hall, is usually given by one of the members. RC, Master of Butchers’ Hall 1990-1, born into family who always owned butchers’ shops, entered trade approx 18; was a leader in the meat business, chairman of committees etc. RS going to Butchers’ Hall for election of new Master the day following the recording; church service in St. Bartholomew the Great, details. RS’s sense of history; lives near to Roman villa. Enjoys sense of history of the livery company. Butchers are 24th company in the City, should have been first. Early history of Butchers hall. Butchers killed animals in street, blood and offal in gutters, so inhabitants of City thought little of them, as did King and church; hence Mercers etc were recognised as liveries before butchers. Lord Mayor gave butchers’ company means of getting rid of offal etc into Thames and they then gained a better reputation in the City and became thought of as a livery company. RS’s response to blood and offal. Memories of aunt, Edie, who worked as barmaid at hotel in Caterham. Depot in Caterham for soldiers and sailors, met Australian in 1919, went to Australia to live in the Bush. Edie’s husband was killed in horse and cart accident, leaving her with two children, Irene and Ken. E returned to England with the children. RS’s parents were asked if they would look after I and K; mother said only if she could adopt them. I and K were put into National Children’s Homes, where had a hard life. K came to live with RS’s family when he was about 16, didn’t get on with RS’s parents, joined navy aged approx 17 and was killed in a destroyer. Irene became a nurse. RS likes family parties, has one every year and invited Irene’s two daughters to the most recent one. Irene died aged approx 55.,always troubled by her upbringing. Aunt Edie went into service but had a breakdown aged approx 45; RS witnessed this, details. E to Banstead Asylum for several years, eventually returned to her job as a cook in Richmond. Details When grandfather died asked RS’s father to look after his widow. Further details father’s family. Will was a cook on the railway trains. RS’s mother’s family. Maternal grandmother was a Miss Wootton. Grandmother’s father born in 1819, came from Margate on a stage coach to get his first job in London as a joiner.

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