Our Heritage

The bakery at Stanley Road, Stairfoot operates to the highest standards and the business has come a long way since it was started in 1891 by Emily Potts.

When Emily’s husband, George, died in his early thirties she was left with five young children. To support her family she started baking at home and her children would take the bread and cakes to sell locally. As the business prospered Emily outgrew the family kitchen. The local squire, Mr Micklethaite, who was very impressed with Emily’s cakes, agreed to build a shop with a bakery below at Stairfoot and over the years Emily purchased the premises. The original shop is still trading today as Potts Bakers at 514 Doncaster Road, Stairfoot.


In 1915 Emily Potts retired and the company was passed on to her eldest son, Arthur, who carried on the business.

Arthur retired in 1948 and Don Potts, Arthur’s nephew, took over and expanded the business with the opening of a shop and a café in Barnsley town centre.

The business continued to thrive and in 1977 became a limited company.

In 1986 baking was transferred to new premises at Stanley Road, Stairfoot. The same year Don Potts died and his sons Andrew and Roger took over the business.

Today, Mathew Potts is the fifth generation of the Potts Family to work at the bakery and Potts Bakers has three local shops, supplies many supermarkets, schools and shops in Yorkshire, and makes own label ranges for regional food service and national supermarkets. About 70 folk are employed baking, packing, delivering, retailing and administration.

We pride ourselves on our quality baked goods and still strive to maintain the original high standards set by Emily Potts and to meet our customers requirements.