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Veal's Baker's Shop

The baker's shop is a replica of the one which stood in front of the bakery in Birmingham Road, Oldbury.

The original was probably built in about 1840 with the single storey shop front and extension added later in the 1870s.

The period setting of the shop interior is based on a photograph of 1910 when the name of the proprietor George Veal, confectioner, appeared in enamel lettering, known as 'opal letters' on the window along with famous chocolate manufacturers 'Cadburys' and 'Frys'.

The baker not only sold bread and cakes they also sold Johnston's British Wine.  Customers sat on a bench behind the screen in the doorway  and paid 3d for a glass of wine and a biscuit.

The range of bread and cakes sold in the shop are produced by a local bakery and are similar to those sold in the original shop.

Sadly we are prevented by modern food hygiene regulations from selling bread baked in the bakery’s traditional oven, the Museum’s lucky livestock benefit instead!!

Information Sheets

To help you make the most of your visit you can download an exhibit information sheet.  These are especially useful for customers who may have hearing impediments. 

Download here: Baker’s Shop (PDF 1400kB)

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