1895-1899 (ages 14-18). We entered the big gas-lit shop, which
seemed to my boyish eyes, the biggest place I had been in. I had
never used or even SEEN gas light before. As youngest apprentice, I
began at the lowest duties in the grocer's department. Sweep the
floors, wash windows. Clean currants, raisins, sultanas. Learn to
wrap up sugar, tea, rice, all kinds of fruit - very few things came
ready wrapped. To avoid leakage was a work of art. I was the errand
boy at the beck and call for all who wanted parcels delivered -
120lb bags of flour carried on back up long flight of stairs.
The minister, Rev J. Broad, knew "London House" in Castle Donington
through its strong Methodist
connections. Two of the Creed boys
were sent there as apprentices.
years before Albert's birth, the celebrated Pennard cheese was created by
the villagers. The cheesemaker was Ann Dunkerton, a cousin of
his. The farmer that caught her took her off to his dairy farm near
Southampton. Here is what the newspapers wrote: "Married
Feby, 16th, at West Pennard, Mr Henry Sims, eldest son of Mr David Sims
yeoman of Shepton Montague, to Miss Ann Dunkerton, eldest daughter of the
late Mr Samuel Dunkerton, yeoman of the former place. The fortunate young
farmer has obtained a high honour, the fair bride being the person who had
the whole management of making the celebrated West Pennard cheese."
Salisbury & Winchester Journal 25 Feb 1843.
||Bath & home
candidate for the ministry
||Tunstall, Stoke on Trent
||Hanley, Stoke on Trent
||Barrow on Trent