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Document of the month

  • Are you watching The Great British Bake Off this year? Have you ever wondered what your ancestors used to bake? What recipes did they use? Or what equipment they had?

    In the Hampshire Archives and Local Studies collections we have various documents, postcards, and photographs concerning cooking and baking; after all, food is important! The document of the month features a postcard of a Cheriton baker, most likely George Strong, baking bread to be sold in the local General Supply Store in around 1905: a giant contrast to today’s sophisticated ovens used by bake off contestants.

    We not only hold postcards and photographs in our collection but also recipe books. We have recipes dating back to the 18th century for fish sauce, orange brandy, jams, marmalade, plum pudding and lemon cake. We also have some more unusual recipes including mock turtle soup, arrowroot jelly, and calves feet broth! You can also find a little poem within the collection entitled ‘Paradise Pudding’.

    Why don’t you come and explore our collection and see what delights you can find, or search our online catalogue for more information.

  • Baking bread

    HPP5/4/07 Cheriton:
    baker (probably George Strong) baking bread for sale in Cheriton General Supply Store, c1905