Downham's Forest Bakeries, High St., Bream c. 1988.
sign which was located above the windows of the bakery was moved to the
garden of Highview, Lansdown Walk. The uphill part of the Downhams buildings
was next to the shop and was demolished in 1988. The beam pertruding
from the wall was used to haul sacks of flour up into the building. A
door was situated immediately
beneath the beam.
Downhams ran their bakery at the back of the premises and a ran a small fleet of delivery vans from which they delivered bread, cakes and groceries to local villages. Before the advent of Supermarkets, housewives would be looking out for the van on delivery day and buy their provisions from the back of the van.
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