Friday, 15 June 2012


Reuben Bennett was a yeast dealer and flower grower. He ran his business from his home at 81 Buxton Road, Furness Vale. The house has a large garden and here Reuben built a substantial greenhouse. 

Cut flowers and tomatoes were sold mostly at market in Manchester although the business also supplied bouquets and wreaths locally.

Yeast was delivered by train in large hessian bags, was weighed on large brass scales and portioned out on to a porcelain dish before packing. 1 or 2 ounce packs were wrapped in greaseproof paper. Reuben would then travel around neighbouring villages selling the barm, door to door.

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