Tyne and Wear HER(15730): East Rainton, communal oven - Details
East Rainton, communal oven
The communal oven later became the boilerhouse at Rainton Bridge Farm. The East Rainton housewifes had set days of the week when she could bake her bread. Each woman had their own 'stamp' on the top of their loaves. The stamp was made by hammering nails into a piece of wood to form a pattern. The nails were pricked into the top of the loaf.
East Rainton Women's Institute, no date, History of East Rainton (typescript);