Food

Stedman, Ronald (15 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:40

  • Shelf mark

    C821/30

  • Subjects

    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 15: Tape 8 Side A: Description of ‘boneyard’ where RS first worked. Bacon smoking ovens. Cooked meat factory.DG bought sides of pork from wholesale merchant; meat would arrive two sides in a sack; details re smoking the meat. Meat bought on Smithfield market for cooked meat section. Coarse meats. Protected parts, eg inside leg, stomach and back, become oven joints. Description of cooked meat building and each section. Boning section. Girls making sausages; filling machine; atmosphere and working conditions. RS learnt some bookkeeping, was an errand boy. Factory manager, Brett and his bad management. Hours of work. Coffee and biscuits in room in main building at 11 o’clock. DG paid by the week – first week’s wage 12/6d. Main office and delivery point of DG was in Waterloo Road plus main DG shop, details. Trips with DG drivers. RS spent two years in his first job, worked Monday - Friday and Saturday morning. Cinema on Saturday afternoons, often slept through to end of last screening. Sunday was taken up with three visits to church, centre of social life. Didn’t keep in touch with school-friends. Began to look at girls aged approx 16. Left DG after asking if he could be trained as a meat buyer at Smithfield. Used to meet up with the buyers for cooked meat factory.

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