Stedman, Ronald (4 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint
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1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20
Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London
Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 4: Tape 2 Side B: Maternal great-grandfather became a shopfitter, RS still has some of his toolsand and has dining room chairs he made. Lived in Kennington. Great-grandmother from Spratt family, big grocers in Margate, both grandparents are buried there and RS visits their tombs. Great-grandparents had three children; John Wootton became Chief Accountant at India Office; George Wootton collected china; Elizabeth Wootton, RS’s grandmother. RS’s family were poor, so JW’s chauffeur-driven Daimler made a great impression. JW supported his mother who, by this time, was living with RS’s family. JW left nothing to RS’s family, had sons, but RS not in touch with them. George Wootton married but his wife died young and childless. GW died young, had worked in Civil Service. Wootton children were privately educated by RS’s great-grandfather. Wootton family religion and graves. Knew maternal grandmother, who died in 1923; Maternal grandfather was a waiter, died of pneumonia aged appox 50. He came from Borley family, millowners near Wear in Hertfordshire; details. Grandmother had two daughters, RS’s mother and his aunt, Annie. Annie a nurse at Cain Hill Hospital in Coulsdon, died young; fiance had died in the war. RS’s mother and her sister grew up in Clever Square, Kennington. Mother born 1885. RS’s parents met at department store through their work. Marriage night in Margate. Parents had reasonably happy marriage. First lived in Kennington. RS born in Milkwood Road, Herne Hill, had elder brother, Walter. W’s death in the car. W was surviving twin, a kind person but ‘never quite all there’. W worked for John Lewis, forged a petty cash voucher; John Lewis took W to court (1935), W disgraced and this made RS’s mother ill. W to prison on remand for a week. W took car at this time and died in the crash. RS’s attitude to W’s thieving and to his death. W kinder than RS, who has been thrusting all his life. W and RS were never close. W was close to sister, Joan, born 1921. RS always the child in trouble. Mother kept a cane and RS would be beaten with it. Incident when RS set fire to a chair.