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Reopened Bakerhouse at Sarehole Mill during Storm Dennis | by ell brown
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Reopened Bakerhouse at Sarehole Mill during Storm Dennis

Another Free Open Day at Sarehole Mill as the Bakehouse has been restored and reopened for use for the first time in almost 150 years.

 

It coincided with Storm Dennis so was windy and wet outside.Another Free Open Day at Sarehole Mill as the Bakehouse has been restored and reopened for use for the first time in almost 150 years.

 

It coincided with Storm Dennis so was windy and wet outside.

 

 

I popped into the Bakehouse and saw them place a loaf of bread in the oven.

 

 

After being out of use for almost 150 years, the bakehouse's oven was refurbished in early 2020 and is baking for the people of Birmingham again.

 

Before the recent renovation, the last baker was William Anderton, who retired in 1872 after almost 20 years baking.

 

In the 1840s, when this oven was built, bakehouse's were an integral part of the community. Mills often had their own bakeries, making bread on site to sell to locals.

 

This oven would never have been allowed to go fully cold as it was too expensive to heat up from scratch.

 

Few houses in the 18th and 19th century Birmingham would have had their own ovens, so communal ovens and local bakeries helped. Local people brought food to the bakery to be cooked in the oven.

 

 

 

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Taken on February 15, 2020