Stedman, Ronald (6 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 6: Tape 3 Side B: Memory of road in Thornton Heath in 1919 and doctor’s son who lived in main road nearby. Story of pet monkey brought back from Middle East in WW1. Says mother a very fearful woman – her social life in Brixton practically non-existent as she was such a snob. Friends in the Baptist Church in Acre Lane in Brixton –details. Mother quite a good cook. Sunday lunch always a roast which mother bought from Hammett in Brixton. 5pm meat auction on Saturdays where mother got meat cheaper. Discusses relative merits of rare, medium and well-done meat. Seasonable vegetables. In spite of shortage of money he and siblings always well-fed. Family holidays made possible as father traded in his John Lewis partnership shares to pay for them – places visited. More about Sunday lunch and various desserts they had. Only water to drink, never any alcohol in the house. Grace before meals, formal atmosphere, children must only speak when spoken to. Reminisces on doctor’s advice to him in later life to ‘go out with the boys, have a drink and relax’. Always encouraged conversation with his children especially at mealtimes. Wine etc became part of his life. More memories of childhood - no newspaper Sundays, allowed only to read Bible. Description of scullery in Herne Hill, outside toilet. Mother’s kitchen utensils. Monday washday. Father encouraged by mother in D.I.Y, wallpaper hanging etc. Children’s job to wash dishes. Twenty-minute walk to school. Toys they had included tops, meccano, trains, iron hoops – describes hoops.