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Spooner Automatic Bread Plant

Maybe the second best invention after sliced bread, the machines that dry the bread that helps them to be easily sliced!

Promotional 1979 9 mins Silent

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Watch as tasty looking loaves of bread pass along conveyer belts and into tins, in a captivating demonstration of technology at work in baking loaves of bread. This promotional film for Spooner, a company making drying equipment based in Ilkley, was made at the Associated Family Bakers factory in High Wycombe, around 1979.

This is one of many promotional films made in the post-war decades by Bradford film producers C H Wood, who are better known for films of motor sports. Spooner Industries was formed in Shipley in 1932 by William Spooner, eventually moving to Ilkley in 1951. Having worked for years as an engineer Spooner thought he could improve the technology of industrial drying equipment, starting in textiles and moving to baking after the war. He believed that having gone through his dryers bread tasted better and also had a longer shelf life. The food division was sold to Vicars in 1991, but five years later Spooners came back into the bakery industry. Both Spooners and Associated Family Bakers remain thriving businesses.