18th November 2013
Anne Houson writes: Maybe some readers will remember when the Dairy Guest House was actually a dairy. It was started by the Trapps family in the 1930’s. Patterns of retailing and changes in the economy have put us out of touch how food arrives on our tables. So much so that many people out there may think that a dairy is what you might find at Cold Comfort Farm, along with a milkmaid or two.
It’s amazing to think that milk was once bottled and delivered from just down the road, and not from Waitrose or Tesco. Trapps delivered milk door to door in the area, and produced ice cream as well. When the Trapps family sold their business in 1978, around 85% of milk was sold by doorstep delivery. Today it’s around 5%. This isn’t a shameless plug to get signed up with a milkman, but it illustrates how quickly we can forget what was once a commonplace feature of domestic life. Help us preserve it!
We are looking for anyone who remembers the Trapps family and the Dairy to help us with our local history projects. Can you share your recollections with us?