Virtual Picnic: Breaking bread together

Members of the Jewish Lads Brigade learning to make bread in 1912

While in lockdown there appears to be an upsurge in home breadmaking (if you can get flour and yeast!), so we’ve delved into our archives and found some of the fantastic Jewish bakeries that used to be on every corner in Cheetham, where our museum currently stands. Our fabulous volunteer Judith has been finding out all sorts of facts about these bakeries. If you remember any of these or have extra info on them – we’d love to hear about it!

Food and most importantly eating(!) has become such an important part of our museum family over the past year. Do you have a signature bread that you are making or enjoying at the moment – send us a pic and tell us your bread stories laura@manchesterjewishmuseum.com

Tobias Bakery Middleton Road

Hyman Tobias was born in 1863 in Poland and came to England. It was his grandson Hyman born in 1904 who became a Baker. In 1939 Census, Hyman is described as a Bakery Foreman. The company name changed to State Fayre later on but Tobias wholesale bakery, which had been an long-standing institution on Middleton Road, ceased trading in 1995.

Needoff’s Bakery, Waterloo Road, 1953

Saul (Solomon) Nedoff was born in Poland in 1890 and by 1911 was living at 1 Dow Street, Lower Broughton – occupation Baker! In 1929, the Bakery was at 21 Julia Street, Strangeways and then moved to Waterloo Road. Saul’s son Abraham Ellis also became a Master Baker. The Needoff’s fostered a kindertransport girl for 7 years during the Second World War and this photo shows Mashe Needoff with cakes made for the Queen’s coronation

Bernard Baker’s Bakehouse, Redbank near Claff Shul

Barnet Baker, who traded as Bernard Baker was originally Boruch Piekarowicz born in 1868 in Zembrova, Poland. He came to England in 1893. He and his wife Eva had 10 children1 One of their sons, Myer also became a baker. The business had moved from St James’s Street to 126 Red Bank by 1909. We love the piles of Challah bread in the corner of this photo. The bakery wa near Claff shul and served the congregation. The shul was founded by the Claff family from Vilna in a converted church. Later the congregation joined others to found Holy Law Synagogue.

Virtual Picnic

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