The founder of Gunns Bakery was Percy
Gunns, who in the early 1920's began trading from a small corner shop,
located in Peterborough.
A desire to move south soon materialised,
as a larger premises was located at 93, London road Sandy which was then
called the 'Great North Road' but is now known better as the A1. So in June
1928 Gunns Bakery commenced business from Sandy.
Horse and cart was used to deliver
throughout Sandy and neighbouring villages. Locals collected their fresh daily
bread from the bake house - often straight from the oven!
Business began to grow steadily through the
1930's and as wartime beckoned Gunns responded with specialist loaves, like
the giant quartern loaves ( four times the amount of large loaves today), and
supplied them to the air force at Tempsford Airfield.
Tragically though just before Christmas in
1944 Percy died and his son, Bob, returned from War service to help his Mother
run the company.
1964 saw the Great North Road become the A1
dual carriageway and the operating impracticalities of an A1 site delivering
door to door to houses in Sandy and district soon became apparent. With more
and more women now going out to work the time had come to find a shop in the
town and dispense with the 'rounds'.
Of course we couldn't desert our established customers so we managed to
persuade shops in the villages of Tempsford, Blunham, Caldecote and Beeston to
take our bread to sell.
So in 1967 Gunns Bakery served their first
customers over the counter in the middle of Sandy - where we remain today!
This shop was converted in 2004 to the shop you see today.
1981 saw the arrival of our second shop,
located in Hitchin Street, Biggleswade.
Having been in St. Paul's Square for 15 years, we have recently moved
around the corner onto the High Street, no 51 - opposite Lloyds Bank.
At last we are in a bigger, cooler shop much better suited to our trade and
far more comfortable for our customers. Here we can not only bake off daily
our savory and sweet pastries but also when Debbie Gunns is on site we can
demonstrate the decorating of our very popular Birthday
All our breads, particularly the GI multi-seed, and our range of flavoured
breads are proving very popular especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays -
Bedford's Market days!
So pop in and get Rosie to make your favourite sandwich for lunch - she'll
quite likely talk you into a nice cake for afters!