The history of Chuck's bakery, North Mymms
Jonah Chuck starting his round from his Dellsome Lane bakery. Wife Beatrice is looking on from behind the gate. Image c. 1900 by G. Knott, given to Mike Allen by P. Grant for the Images of North Mymms project. A high-resolution version of this image is available
Do you remember Chuck's bakery?
For almost 150 years, the Chuck family of Welham Green supplied the homes of North Mymms with bread, first from their cottage at the junction of Pooley's Lane and Huggins Lane, using a small wood-fired oven, and later from their bakery in Dellsome Lane, where they had installed a coal-fired oven.
According to research carried out by local resident, photographer and local history enthusiast, Mike Allen, the family worked hard to support the business.
In 1817, Elizabeth Chuck, wife of Richard the baker, faced an 11 mile walk to Garratt's Flour Mill in Hertford in order to buy the flour for the bread. She then had to carry the sack home on her head before her husband and their son, John, were able to bake the bread.
J Chuck delivery to Water End. Image c. 1900 loaned to Mike Allen by the former North Mymms Local History Society. A high-resolution version of this image is available
The business closed in 1962, due to "the price of coal and not modernising the ovens" as well as the added pressure of running the local Post Office.
Mike has traced the recent history of the Chuck family in the attached document, which he has shared with this site. It includes some old pictures of life in the area at a time when bread was delivered by horse and cart.
There are a number of ways of taking a closer look at Mike's research. You can zoom in or download the embedded version below to see it in full size. Click on the 'save' icon top left of the embedded document below to save it to your computer. Or you can click here to access it directly.
This site would like to thank Mike, who runs the Welham Green website, for sharing his valuable research and photographs.