• Short Summary

    Mother and daughter bakers still make bread in the traditional way using a wood burning oven.

  • Description

    Long Melford, Suffolk.

    Exterior. Panning shot from the village green to a large pile of fire wood. Iris Adams enters and picks a bundle from the pile. C/U of Iris's hands picking up the bundle.

    Interior. M/S of Iris pushing the bundle of wood into a faggot oven built into the wall. C/U of the wood being pushed into the oven. Top shot of Iris dividing a large lump of dough into smaller sections. Iris places the smaller sections onto a tray, her daughter Elizabeth then kneads them. M/S of Elizabeth taking the sections to a tray of tins for baking. C/U of the dough in tins. M/S of Iris lighting the oven, as Elizabeth fills the tins with dough. C/U of Iris poking the fiercely burning wood inside the oven - "as the temperature of the oven rises; the bricks darken and eventually go white. The exact temperature required is judged by the colour of the bricks. No thermometer is used". C/U of the flames.

    C/U of the oven; the flames have died down and Iris rakes out the embers. M/S of Iris tipping excess ash into a nearby grate. Various shots of Iris and her daughter sliding the loaves into the oven using a palate on a long stick. C/U of a row of unbaked loaves ready to go into the oven. C/U of Iris mopping her sweaty brow. C/U of the loaves in the oven, Iris' hand is seen shutting the heavy iron door. M/S of Elizabeth shovelling ash in front of the oven door to prevent the heat from escaping - "Ye Olde Bakery, as it is called, is the only one of its kind left in the country. There is no shop. Local people call at the bakery for their bread straight from the oven". C/U of the freshly baked loaves been taken out of the oven. M/S of the mother and daughter as they take the baked bread out of the oven. Various shots of the rows of baked bread, Elizabeth adds more loaves.

    Mute and track neg are out of sync - please use combined print.

    Cuts exist - please see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:27:00 / 01:27:29:00
    CP 385

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