Our latest accession: St Werbergh’s parish accounts, 1739

A fascinating series of parish accounts from the Derby parish of St Werbergh have just come in to Derbyshire Record Office, as a transfer from Derby Local Studies Library.  Here is just a snippet.  It looks as though Priscilla Bott was somebody in need, because at least two of her children had their shoes repaired at parish expense, and the entry for 10 July 1739 records a payment of 1 shilling and 4d for “a taylor for makeing Pris. Bott a gown & mending her childrens clothes”.  This the day after a payment had been made for strings for her child’s cap.  This new accession will be listed as part of collection D1145.

1837 Bakewell Pudding now on sale

Following our recent discovery of possibly the earliest written example of a recipe for the famous Bakewell Pudding, Carolyn and Richard Young have recreated the pudding from Clara’s recipe and it is now on sale in their Original Farmers Market Shop in Bakewell. Here are some photos of their dish

Don’t forget to send us your pictures of dishes created to our historical recipes and we will feature them here too

Another recipe from Clara’s recipe book: Rabbit Soup

D7555/1 Clara Palmer-Morewood recipe book, Alfreton Hall“To four quarts of Water, put a couple of old Rabbitscut into small pieces, the lean part of a neck of mutton, a shank of ham a few Turnips, a bunch of sweet herbs, or [unknown], season it with a very little Mace, Cayenne Pepper. Thicken it with butter and Flour and as much cream as will make it a nice colour, not very white, it should be made the day before it is used, all the fat may be skimmed off, it ought to simmer by the fire seven of eight hours covered up as it may not away too much”

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