Burrows Bakery, Broadway

Burrows Bakery, which overlooked the village green in Broadway (now home to John Noott Galleries), was started by Wilfrid Burrows (1876-1958) in 1904.

Born in Broadway in 1876, Wilfrid was the eldest son of Michael Burrows, a carpenter and his wife Emma (née Malin), a gloveress. Wilfrid and his three younger brothers; Arthur, Hubert and Edgar were brought up in the village (the family lived along Matches Alley), and Wilfrid and his brothers attended school in Broadway. By 14 years of age, Wilfrid had left school and was apprenticed as a baker. Although Wilfrid’s father was not a baker, the wider family had been bakers in the village and millers at Lower Mill for many years.

Wilfrid married Emily Benfield (1873-1947) from nearby Chipping Campden in 1900 and they moved to Leamington Road next door to Colin Farm. Shortly after their marriage, Wilfrid and Emily opened their own bakehouse, Springfield Bakery, along Springfield Lane.

Wilfrid opened his bakery on the village green in 1904 where he was assisted by his wife and family. His daughter Constance (born in Broadway in 1902) helped in the shop which later expanded to sell groceries, and his son Reginald (born in 1907) in the bakehouse. Burrows’s delivery handcart and horse and cart were a common sight in the village and in 1908 Wilfrid further expanded the bakery when he purchased an old established Broadway bakery run by Mr Jones (of Barn House, High Street, Broadway) and combined the two. By 1911 William Harris, who had moved to Broadway from Chipping Campden, helped in the bakehouse, later joined by Harry Walker.

When Wilfrid retired, his son Reginald took over the family business and was joined in 1941 by Edmund Frank Andrews. Edmund, known as Frank, took over running the business in 1957 and Reginald sold the bakery to Frank and his wife, Lillian, in 1958. In 1963 Frank and Lillian moved Springfield Bakery to the Leamington Road where it remained until they retired in May 1979.

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway History Society

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15th May 2017: Annual General Meeting and Talk by Geoff Sanders on ‘Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)’

Our second Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 15th May in The Parlour of the Lifford Memorial Hall starting at 7pm.

After the AGM, Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will give an illustrated talk on Victorian Broadway. Geoff has been researching the census returns for Broadway and his talk will refer to his research and the information that can be obtained from a census.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting. All welcome, non-members £3.

The AGM and Geoff’s talk is the last in the series of talks for 2016/2017. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 18th September with a talk by Keith Cattell entitled On a Wing and a Prayer – The Cathedral Builders.



Historic Landscape Talk: Snowshill and Snowshill Manor, 3rd May 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May, Jenny Rowley-Bowen will be giving a talk on Snowshill and Snowshill Manor in Snowshill Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Jenny manages Snowshill Manor (a National Trust property), organises conservation work and leads a team of Conservation Assistants at the Manor, and her talk will present new research about the village and the role of the Manor once owned by the eccentric Charles Wade. Over his lifetime, Charles Wade amassed a large collection of cultural artifacts each with their own unique story. Jenny will recount some of the stories from the collection and talk about the on-going archaeological excavation of a model village that Charles Wade had built in the grounds which over the years fell into disrepair.

The talk is an open event, all welcome.

Bredon Hill Roman Coins on Display in Broadway


The historic hoard of Roman coins discovered on Bredon Hill in June 2011 are being showcased at Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, 65 High Street, Broadway, from today Friday 7th April until Wednesday 31st May.

The Bredon Hill Hoard (also known as the Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard) is a hoard of 3,784 debased silver Roman coins found by two metal detectorists on farmland at Bredon Hill (an Iron Age hill fort) in June 2011.

For further information about the display and the Museum’s opening times and entry prices visit http://broadwaymuseum.org.uk.