Stedman, Ronald (10 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 10: Tape 5 Side B: RS’s schooling at Elementary School. Not allowed to take part in sport because of health problems. Left school aged 14. Brixton and Herne Hill when RS was growing up. White population in the 1920s; RS’s feelings about way neighbourhood changed. Department stores. Cinemas and music hall. Details of Bon Marche, RS later worked there in soft furnishing dept - overhead ‘railway’, security measure to stop staff handling the cash. Politeness to customers and role of shop-walkers. General food shop, Frances’, selling high class groceries, greengroceryand sweets. Women would arrive in horsedrawn coaches. Miss Higgs (of Higgs & Hill building family) lived in huge house on top of Brixton Hill, RS’s Sunday school teacher. Anecdote re Miss Higgs buying RS boiled sweets. Assistants in Frances’ would be in black coat, waistcoat etc; also had a floorwalker; further details shop interior and customers. RS’s mother ‘s dailyshopping in Brixton. Co-op. Greengrocery from stall-holders in Station Road, Electric Avenue. Stall holders and description of stalls. Memories of Jack Cohen who used gratuity to rent railway arch in Atlantic Road, filled it with dented tins which sold cheaply and this was the beginning of Tesco. Met JC later in life, description. Economic problems re 1930s. JC employed approx 5 helpers.