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Name: SPEKE, Harriet, Mrs

Nee: Price

Birth Date: 1874 Great Ness, Shropshire

Death Date: 13 Jan 1937

First Date: 1912

Profession: Baker, confectioner and grocer, Building Contractor

Area: Box 32, Nakuru

Married: In Ellesmere 1897 Albert Speke (1876-1935)

Children: Mary Eveline (1902 Brace Meole); Margaret Elizabeth (Pearson) (1907 Church Stretton); Valerie; Albert Edward (1898 Great Ness, d. of fever in WW1, Kajiado)

Book Reference: Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Macmillan

General Information:

Macmillan - 1930 - H. Speke, Baker and Confectioner, Builder and Contractor, Nakuru Bakery - the business was started in a very small way during the Great War by Mrs Speke, who, amongst other activities at that time, devoted her attention to the baking of bread, and , later, scones and cakes. The demand for these continually increased, and eventually the Nakuru Bakery became an important undertaking that necessitated adequate and suitable premises. Accordingly, Mr Speke, who is a builder and contractor, erected the present premises which were opened in February 1928. …… As a builder and contractor Mr Speke is maing his influence felt. He commenced operations in that connection in 1912 at Nakuru, and amongst the various structures erected by him there is the Rift Valley Sports Club. His activities extended eventually throughout Kenya and the adjoining territories. At Kampala he built the premises of Messrs. Whiteaway, Laidlaw and Co. Ltd.
See also Albert Speke for Speke's Bakery
Gazette 2 Mar 1937 probate
Barnes - Nakuru North Cemetery - Harriet Speke, died 13/1/1937
Pioneers During the First World War Nakuru Racecourse became an army convalescent camp. The Padre asked Mrs Albert Speke if she would make some cakes for their canteen. Albert was away at the war. Although dismayed at the thought of making cakes for 200 men on a No. 9 Dover stove, Mrs Speke agreed. Before the camp closed down she was making close on 2,000 cakes a day. When Albert returned he built a brick oven and a bakehouse in Lake Road. Their three daughters used to push a hand-cart full of freshly baked loaves up to the railway station every morning before going to school. That was the start of Speke's bakery.

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