Branscombe Old Bakery, Devon
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Run by Gerald and Stuart Collier, the Branscombe Bakery was the last traditional bakery in Devon. Baking was a hard life with the Colliers rising each day at 4am to light the ovens. It would take 3 ½ hours just to get the oven hot enough to bake an oven full of bread. In 1987 the bakery closed. Baking bread under modern health and safety regulations would have meant radically altering the bakery, ruining its traditional character. The National Trust therefore decided to keep the baking room much as it was when the Colliers lived and worked here, whilst the rest of the cottage is now a tea-room. Bakery situated inside what is now the tea-room.