Stedman, Ronald (25 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 25: Tape 13 Side A: CC became Managing Director and had buyers working for him. RS went on doing the buying as had better judgement. Graham Sharpe (now at Butchers’ Hall) aged approx 18 worked for Spanniers. RS buying methods. Fixing of prices. Smithfield code of practice. Smithfield code no longer exists, people break their word. Purchase of meat in quantity and jargon used. Coldstore in Charterhouse Street now a night club. Huge coldstores in Bermondsey for approx 3,000 lambs. Never saw a coloured man at Smithfield. Cockney. Details of shop buying. Profits easily estimated during rationing. Banks (National Westminster and National Provincial) lent to RS and GR despite their lack of capital, details. Describes butchers’ shops bought as ‘medium trade’, trade approx £1,000 a week. Usually took over staff and then had to ‘sort them out’. Growth of business with GR up to approx 1950. RS bought for GR shops and also monitored the profits weekly. Dreaded Sunday night because of early start on Monday. Stress headaches. Was buying for GR and for self, dealing with banks etc. Life insurance to protect his family, medical check-up aged 41 re blood pressure, insurance policy loaded due to high blood pressure. Stress due to people thieving, worry about profits.

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