Stedman, Ronald (31 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 31: Tape 16 Side A: Further details about sheep farming. Penniless when he left GR, no pension scheme, eventually had to buy one for himself – results of capital investment in pension. Buying cattle 2 years old, fattening them for six months then slaughtering them to supply his shops. Slaughterhouse attached to Haywards Heath market, details of cost and percentage he made. Management of cattle. Reviewing his life from his beginnings in Brixton and achieving his present success. His affection for animals. Riding lessons in 60’s and purchase of his own horse. Ensuing accident. Description of large farmhouse built in 1580 – alterations in 1938 by American purchaser. Sale of Woldingham house £50,000, bought farm etc for £45,000 – 10 years later sold for quarter-million. Bought by Germans who sold it a few years later for £650,000 – sold again recently for one-and-a-quarter million – evidence of scale of rise in house prices over past years. About local community and social life. Life after retirement and positions held. Also member of livery company since 1960, committee member before and after being Master. Entitled to attend meetings though not on Court any more but not entitled to vote. Financial position of livery company. Alterations and refurbishing of Hall – division of shares 60% Chester Boyd 40% Butchers – success of catering company. Political in-fighting in livery company. RS’s year as Master and his arrangements as to membership – Master and two committee members make decisions. RS’s target when Master for charity fund-raising – how he achieved his target.

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