LANt029 John Bonnett
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
A born 'Burtonian' John Bonnett tells us how his grandfather moved
to Burton from the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border to work in the
famous brewing industry, married a local girl and stayed to raise
a family. John's fascinating personal insights and expert knowledge
lead us on a audio tour through some of the ancient 'mysteries'
of brewing such as the Saladin turner and Jacob's Ladder. But it
wasn't all beer and skittles....John tell us how men who worked
in the 'maltings' all of their lives risked getting 'the miners
disease', of silicosis, and how might you feel 'the morning after
the night before' getting "inside the big vats" to "clean
them out with wire wool? Victorian innovation and modern mechanisation
have changed the industry since John's grandfather laboured in the
maltings, but all of the by-products are still used. Find out about
how even the tiny sprouts on the grain are used, hear John explain
about the age old craft of Cooping and the Burton Union System......oh
and then, of course, there's Marmite!
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 30/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Trent Valley Washlands
Parish: Burton Upon Trent
Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire,
Date of birth: 1932
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.