ID WW01_561 Article from Mersea Museum / Winifred Hone
|Title||Fred Smith - Winifred Hone memoirs|
|Abstract||The only bakery and oldest established firm on Mersea Island was established in 1860 and is still in the same
family. Fred G. Smith, now run by Fred Smith, extremely popular and likeable. The Bakery still stands on the same site, the Windmill that used to grind all the corn from the farmers has long gone, but the round house
has been turned into a delightful looking shop, and behind the bowed windows you will find a wonderful selection of cakes and bread which reflects the long history of the Smith's experiences in producing these essential
commodities. A cake for any celebration made of heavy fruit content or creamy sponge, the icer with the concreted sugar works in complete harmony to create an emblematic of artistic perfection. Many Island people
with sentimental outlook bake their own cake and send it to the mill to be iced, and at the reception or party
proudly proclaim they made the cake, stealing the glory from the bakery by forgetting to add that the frame
was created and designed at the mill. Many years ago the bakery also baked the pork pies made by Allen Cock
who farmed on the Island and sold them from his farmhouse door, the pies were a very high class commodity but it
was the bakery that cooked them that really made them look so edible with the succulent brown crust.
|Source||Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
|Title:|| Fred Herbert Smith and Preston Smith in the Bakery at West Mersea Mill. |
|Source:||Mersea Museum / Alan Smith Collection|
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