LETTER: History of oatcake production in Nelson

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In reply to a recent letter, I remember very well the bakehouse at the bottom of Barkerhouse Road, Nelson.

It was my dad and grandad who owned it. The product you remember was the oatcake, baked on a hotplate.

These were sold from the door warm, sprinkled with sugar and rolled up or left to cool and delivered to pubs and shops. The publican would hang them over the airing rack to dry then serve with a slice of stew and pickled onion rings, these were then known as stew ‘n’ hard.

My brother Tony is developing a website which gives more information - www.oatcakebaker.co.uk

SUE PALFREY (nee Holroyd)