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Herron's Bakery

Visitors can get a real taste of the past at our Edwardian bakery.

At Herron's in The 1900s Town, you can see bakers at work using traditional recipes and can buy freshly made bread, biscuits and cakes.

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The bakery was opened in September 2013, in a ceremony performed by North East celebrity chef Stacie Stewart. 

The building is originally from Annfield Plain, in County Durham, and was moved to Beamish in the late 1970s/early 1980s along with the Co-op. Joseph Herron was the name of a real bakery in Annfield Plain. 

On one side of our bakery is the demonstration area, including the impressive "Super Human" Dough Kneader, which was donated to the Museum in 1973. On the other side is the shop, which sells the delicious bread and other treats that are made using traditional recipes.

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Many of the bakery's fixtures and fittings came from our collections, including stained glass from a baker's shop in South Shields.

In Edwardian times, bakeries such as Herron's would be used by the middle classes in the developing suburbs of towns. Families in mining villages would still have made bread at home, in ranges or communal ovens such as the one in our Pit Village. 

 

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See below for photos of the build: