Location: Plymouth, England
Address: 38 Southside Street
Date: Sept 2015
Jacka Bakery in Plymouth, England claims to be the oldest commercially working bakery in all of Great Britain. It dates back to 1597 and has been baking since at least 1610. That is over 400 years of history.
Up the street from the bakery is the Plymouth Gin Distillery. It is only half as old as the bakery and has operated since 1793. It was formerly Black Friars Distillery.
The bakery has seen many owner changes through the centuries. It used to be the Fone's Bakery for many years. One thing that has not changed is the brick oven at the back of the bakery. Above are two photos of the oven. The top one is from 2015 and the bottom one from 2007. The oven is cast with this description.
Bricklayer & Oven Builder
Bennets Row Blackfriers Road
We also took home some biscuits to enjoy later. It is rumoured that Jacka Bakery baked biscuits for the Pilgrim's voyage on the Mayflower in 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth harbour just a short walk away from the bakery. It took the Mayflower almost two months to complete her journey. We hope Jacka's baked them a lot of biscuits.
Map of Our World
Jacka Bakery , Harbourside Fish & Chips
Plymouth Gin Distillery , Mayflower Steps
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