Wainmans Bakery Mansfield
The bakery was know as Gilcroft Bakery as well as Wainmans Bakery, at the back of the bakery was Midworth Street, it is the Bingo Hall now so would have been Brunts Street in those days before the bypass was built. The front was on Albert Street, (John Sankeys now). The Wainman family lived above at that time and they also had a house on Rock Hill.
Bill Wainman was the owner, he had a brother Arthur and Harry who had a chemists shop on Pecks Hill.
Bill Wainman had sons Bill and Jack, Jack took over the bakery sometime in the 1940s he had a son Peter who also worked in the bakery trade. By the 1960s small bakeries where dying out and Wainmans closed, Peter then went to work at Landers..
Memories of a Van Girl
Audrey now in her 80’s had happy memories of working at Wainmans from the age of 14 until she was 26. ‘The bakery was at the back on Midworth Street, and you went through living accommodation to the shop that was on Brunts Street.’
She was set on as a van girl and learnt to drive., She wore a brown overall and enjoyed delivery to the rich people of Mansfield. Deliveries were also made to Hardwick Hall camp to supply the Paratroopers in WW2 with cakes. They also delivered to the hospitals, the Victoria, Newstead and Harlow Wood. A 4 pound square bread loaf was made specially for the hospitals.
Mr Wainman always made Easter Eggs for the children at Harlow Wood and gave presents for them at Christmas.
Once on the Shirebrook Road it was snowing heavy and the van got stuck in a snow drift, along came a bus and the men got off and lifted the van out of the snow!
Other people who worked at Wainmans when Audrey was there were Miss Cook who worked in the shop, Walter Fisher managed the bakery side while Jack and Marian Coup and Phyllis Morton were drivers. They were happy days.
Memories of a young lad
Alan C recalled – ‘ As a young boy, probably in the late 1930’s, I remember we used to buy the family bread from Wainmans, Someone came around Bradder Street on a three wheeler bicycle, with the two wide wheels at the front and a large red box attached to the front of it. The box opened at the top something like an ice cream fridge. Inside was lovely fresh bread, and the most gorgeous cream cakes I have ever tasted.’