Stedman, Ronald (14 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 14; Tape 7 Side B: Crystal Palace cont. Travel from Stockwell station by tube. Criers of London. School interview re his future, told he could be a telegraph boy, go into navy or join army. Had failed eleven plus and hadn’t gone to grammar school or even a central school to learn practical skills. Self-portrait on leaving school. Rebelled at home rather than at school. Wanted to be a doctor. Mother didn’t want him to be an artisan, wanted him to work in office same route as brother. Father still working for John Lewis despite brother’s history with the firm. Visits to John Lewis as a child. Secretary of David Greig was friend of RS’s mother via Kenyon Road church, hence RS’s interview with Mr Loveless, buyer of bakery department; details of interview in head office at Waterloo Road. Progress at David Greig. Fellow workers. Description of David Greig. Evolution of David Greig chain, tried to copy Sainsbury. DG bakers, butchers, grocery. Contrast David Greig and Sainsbury’s.

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