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From baking to bookkeeping in Shropshire

From baking to bookkeeping in Shropshire

Here at The Hollies Bookkeeping Services in Shropshire, did you know we have gone from baking to bookkeeping in Shropshire?

We were delighted to have been given these two old photos recently from when our offices were a bakery!

The offices for our bookkeeping business are housed in a building on the Main Road in Pontesbury in The Old Bakery.

Old Bennett’s Bakery ran from the late 19th century to 20th century in the post-war years.

The brick foundations of a building associated with the bakery were also recorded during excavations in 2017.

Historical descriptions from Discovering Shropshire’s History, say: “The foundations of a late 19th century rectangular building, with a worn brick paved floor in its western compartment, were exposed during a watching brief in 2017 on land to the rear of Manchester House.

“Cartographic evidence shows that the rectangular building had been built on the site by 1882 and remained on site until after 1954. Local knowledge indicates that the last use of the building was a part of Bennett’s Bakery.

“Bennett’s steam-powered bakery was located within the centre of the village, where it still survives as a suite of offices and workshops. The demolished building on the development site is recorded in an undated photograph taken some time before the 1950s (reproduced in report). The small chimney flue suggests the building was subsidiary to the main bakery and may have been used as an office and storage.”

We moved into Suite 6 at Bennetts Business Centre in 2013. And due to continued business growth, our Shropshire bookkeeping services now extend nationwide and beyond.

We needed to spread out somewhat and took suite 7 for meetings and filing in March 2016 and then expanded desk space downstairs into suite 9 in January 2021!!  The old oven is still behind the wall in Suite 9!

These wonderful photos given to us by the landlord show how this room would have looked when it was used as part of Bennett’s Bakery.

We are thrilled to have these and will be putting them proudly on display. It’s nice to know that what was a successful family bakery, helping feed mouths in some pretty tough times has in some ways only evolved just a little.

We are all currently going through some unprecedented times in our lifetimes. We are still working hard here at The Hollies to help all our clients stay afloat, keep on top of their books, thrive…and keep putting food on the table. And we are still powered by steam…from the kettle!

For any help with your bookkeeping, payroll and accounting, please contact us here at The Hollies Bookkeeping Services on 01743 790086 or email info@holliesbookkeeping.co.uk