Stedman, Ronald (7 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 7: Tape 4 Side A: Story about dining with friends Bill and Jane Knapman –lovely house, impressive drive, host greeting them in shirtsleeves. RS imitates accent and expression used by him and his wife. Description of meal.. Bill teetotal but guests helped themselves to drinks, details of bottles stacked on side table. Invitation to view Knapman’s study, description of room which was reconstruction of Judge’s Room which had been dismantled when Old Bailey rebuilt. BK never used the room, children did their homework there. RS’s fond memories of sitting with BK in Hayward’s Heath market every Tuesday when each bought cattle for their shops – their comments to each other about their purchases. Reasons for BK’s ultimate bankruptcy – his sudden death – short biography of BK. BK’s weekly treat for wife Jane – every Saturday driving his Rolls-Bentley to all his shops to collect day’s takings – fish and chips supper at final shop in Mitcham – comments of passengers in passing Rolls-Royce. Origins of BK and wife – his first shop in Kennington – expansion of business after war – shops called Manstons, composite name of partners.. RS’s relationship with BK . More about RS’s childhood – sleeping arrangements in Brixton. Description of bedroom and its furniture and a painting which was his grandma’s – chairs made by his great-grandfather when he lived in Brixton house. Details of the many tenants in the Brixton house, effect on RS. Bullying at school and how he coped with it, prevalence of bullying at that time. Started school aged 5. Aged 7 contracted Bright’s kidney disease – missed one year’s schooling. Daily walks with mother round Brockwell Park – Weekly visits throughout year to King’s College Hospital dispensary for tablespoonful castor oil. Returning to school after year’s absence, attitude of school and its effect on him. Various convalescent homes he was sent to and how treated. Obsession with bowel movements and opening medicine. Boy inspector of toilets - bullying. RS upset at being sent away from home. Indoor past-times as a child, piano lessons and attitude thereto. Some books in the house, Dickens a favourite – books from local library.