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Castle Donington Pennard Cheese Ministry
CASTLE DONINGTON 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.
Forty 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.
1881-95 West Pennard

1895-99 Castle Donington
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1911-14 Walsall, Bloxwich
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1918-21 Nantwich
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