Stedman, Ronald (12 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 12: Tape 6 Side B: Details of the other stallholders in Brixton when RS was growing up. Open shop fronts in Brixton. Auctioning meat and vegetables on Saturdays. RS worked at Thornton Heath in 1937, managed butcher’s shop aged 18. Wolsey, Brixton firm of butchers from whom RS’s mother bought her meat; Wolsey sons were in the Livery Company. Details of auctioning system. Rhyming slang and backslang. Immoral aspect to butchers’ trade pre-war. Scales have improved and trade has been cleaned up in general. Supermarket system has ensured higher degree of honesty. Details of shops in Brixton. Sawdust on floor of butcher’s shop thrown so shop would look smart when closed; dust over shop. Floors were swept but not necessarily washed. Clogs worn in cooked meat factory. Further detail re RS’s first day at cooked meat factory taking laces out of colleagues shoes. Meat products.