Stedman, Ronald (9 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 9: Tape 5 Side A: Reaction to Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth; is anti-Socialism although as young man was Socialist before becoming Conservative aged approx 30. Nationalisation an important issue in changing direction of RS’s politics - details. No formal training in economics. Overview of transition between small trader with own business and today’s conglomerates - way in which this has transformed economic and social landscape. Greed a ‘disease’. RS’s attitude to his own money. Wants to leave his children money. Children are making their own living, hasn’t been generous to them financially in his lifetime, reasons why. RS would like to visit eg the Pyramids and delve into history but cannot because wife, Win, has walking difficulties and doesn’t share his passion for history. Family holidays at their flat in Majorca. Further details of Roland Cavell, died 1998 aged 89. RC’s father owned twelve butchers’ shops. RC to Marlborough, went into father’s business aged 18. RS met him when joined Court of Worshipful Company of Butchers in 1972. RC Master of the Company a year before RS. Anecdote about RC’s deafness. RC National President of Round Table of Great Britain. Cavell business mainly in Norwood area, Sussex and Dorking. RC’s son went into money market and didn’t succeed, now has ironware business. Cavell shops are all sold now, business folded probably because RC so tied up with committee work. Every Master is expected to make a gift to the Company at end of his year, RS did this on RC’s behalf anonymously; banner in St Bartholomew the Great.

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