This is a picture that shows the new buildings we will be expanding into. You can just see the shop front to the left.
The bakery production area will actually be in the building to the rear of the main stone building. The double black doors shown on the right of the picture lead to a storage room and then into the room we will use as the bakery. Here are two views of that room:
In the first picture, the rather grimy looking wall on the left is the wall through which we will make an opening into our current kitchen. Believe it or not, when we break through that wall on 11 September, it will be almost three years to the day from the day that Sean, our trusty builder-now-policeman, bricked up the same opening! See this blog entry. We will finally be occupying all of the space that the previous bakery occupied.
The second picture shows the door through from what will be our new bakery into what will be our training room! That is, into the stone building with 'Hovis' on the side and on the end.
This is the ground floor from the gable end of the building, from the Market Place end:
And this is it again from the loaf end. You can clearly see at the far end, the space that used to be occupied by the ovens from Allsops bakery - interesting brickwork!
Once renovated, this is the room I will be using to deliver bread-making courses. Not long now!
You might think this seems like a lot of extra space...but wait a minute, there is a whole 'nother floor!
This beautifully light, beamed room gives us the potential for all sorts of exciting developments...but you will have to wait to hear about those!
For those interested in the history of the building, which was originally a candle factory and was used during the war to house PoWs, you might be interested in this article on the Crich Parish website. We will be calling this building 'The Bakehouse'.
Well the building will be getting another lease of life in the coming months and you can follow this blog for updates on the building work as it progresses.
Dates for the diary are Sunday 11th September to Tuesday 13th September. This is the three day window during which we will break through into our existing kitchen, move the ovens and bakery equipment, and get everything in place ready for christening the new bakery on Wednesday 14th September. NB This means that we will be closed for these three days.
Shiny new bakery! ...and unwelcome steel
Well not quite a shiny new bakery but gleaming white paint on the walls already! Darren and Ben of Pentalpha have certainly cracked on with the clearing out and are now on to some early decorating work which is very exciting. "It's a big wall - sho
That is really exciting news! I hope it all goes smoothly and according to plan. You've got some beautiful spaces there and I'm really curious to know what is going to happen in the mystery space. Bread therapy rooms for tired and distraught bakers? xx Joanna
Congratulations and good luck with the extension. Its great to see the inside of the building as I lived in the village from birth until 5yrs ago when I moved away to live with my now husband and would see your building everyday and always wondered what it was like inside there. I have seen the bakery change so much over the years but it is great to see a business really growing and being successful. All the very best. Cant wait to see the pics when it is finished