Since sliced bread : an account of the London baking industry.
The thesis is a study of the Baking Industry in London: its
history,decline and late twentieth century renaissance.
Part I is a review of the history of the bakeries in London,
viewed alongside the history of the food - processing industry
in general. Trade directories are employed to show particular
geographical and commercial trends,patterns of distribution and
the formation of bakery chains. Technical developments are
discussed and there is a full account of the structure of the
industry as it is today.
Part II is concerned with the state of bakeries today; it is
based on the results of a survey of London wholesale bakers by
means of a questionnaire. The principal areas of investigation
were: the firm; the range and methods of production; the
building; the workforce; the customers of the bakery; in
addition,particular emphasis was given to the question of the
location of bakeries.
Part III examines the present situation,not only in terms of
the bakeries themselves,but also in terms of the market they
serve and new emerging forms of distribution. This section
makes use of structured interviews with buyers of bread
products and with directors of companies engaged in
The concluding chapter addresses firstly the problem of
categorising the modern Baking Industry: whether it should be
regarded in the same way as any other manufacturing industry or
as an adjunct of the Hotel and Catering Industry. Secondly the
cultural question is considered: whether the present trends
result from the manner in which the Industry has developed or
whether the Characteristics of London determine the form which
the Industry will take.