Youngsters recall life on the breadline in Victorian times

USING THEIR LOAF -- youngsters Oliver Bradbury and Joshua Pearson man the bread shop
USING THEIR LOAF -- youngsters Oliver Bradbury and Joshua Pearson man the bread shop

A HUCKNALL school has used its loaf to bring Victorian England vividly to life for its pupils.

For youngsters at Hucknall National Primary have stepped back in time to get a hands-on feel for the era by opening their own bread shop.

The innovative idea is part of a school project on what it was like to live in Hucknall during Victorian times.

Children aged ten and 11 have donned suitable costume from the period and baked their own stock, producing between 30 and 40 loaves at a time.

It has then been sold to parents and staff after school, with a loaf going for 80p. Sadly for customers, there are no Victorian prices on offer!

Dough made from the sale of the bread will be ploughed into buying ingredients for more stock. In total, more than 60 children have been involved in the project.

The idea for the shop came from the recent BBC TV series entitled ‘Turn Back Time: The High Street’. This featured a group of shopkeeping families who were challenged to run businesses when faced with conditions during certain periods in history, including Victorian times.

Deputy head teacher Helen Handley said: “The children have loved it. It has given them practical experience of what it was like to be a Victorian and has brought everything we have been teaching them into context.”

After the half-term break, a representative of the national chainstore John Lewis will visit the school to advise youngsters on how they can modernise their shop and convert it for today’s market.