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Traditional Bakery soon to open

A TRADITIONAL bakery is being brought to life at Beamish– and the search is on for equipment.

Work on the Edwardian bakery is well underway in our Town and is due to open 12th September.


Visitors will see bakers at work using traditional recipes and will be able to buy tasty treats, including freshly-made bread, pies, biscuits and cakes.

We’re currently looking for Edwardian equipment to use in the bakery, such as a wooden proving cabinet, bread tins, dough dividers, tray racks, peels and rakes.

Kate Reeder, Keeper of Social History and Collections Administration at Beamish Museum, said: “The outside of the building is nearly complete. We are looking to start fitting out the interior early in the new year.

“We’d like to get the items we’re looking for as soon as possible in case we need to restore them.”

Kate says the bakery is something the Museum had wanted to create for a long time.

She said: “On one side we’re going to have a public demonstration area and the other side is going to be a shop area where people can buy the products

“We are using authentic Edwardian recipes taken from books of the time.”


The bakery building was originally part of the Annfield Plain Co-op in County Durham and was moved brick by brick to the Museum. Other parts of the store are already open at Beamish.

The new bakery will be called Herron’s, which was the name of a real bakery in the Annfield Plain in Edwardian times.

Beamish also recently opened a communal bread oven in our Pit Village, recreating a facility that would have been shared by local families.

Visitors can see the dough being prepared in a pit cottage before it’s baked in the communal oven, which is in the back lane, and people can even sample the finished bread.


Anyone who can help find Edwardian bakery equipment can contact Kate Reeder, tel. 0191 370 4009 or email:

See below for the latest photos of the build: