Wednesday, 5 June 2013

On This Day

Nine Years Ago

In London, members of the Worshipful Company of Poulticemakers gathered in Strangefellows Hall for the traditional Pricking of the Flea. Proceedings were presided over by Grand Master Most Worshipful the Revd Dibden Purley, who delivered the Final Grace and Parting Oath.

Fifteen Years Ago

A new exhibition, of interest to food-lovers everywhere, opened in the Leicestershire village of Snarthole, birthplace of the world-famous Snarthole Scone. Spread across three walls of the Reading Room and an overflow annexe, the display told the story of the celebrated delicacy through an unusual collection of wrappers and till receipts, some dating back more than half a century. One thing missing from the exhibition (entitled 'Snarthole - Our Contribution to World Cuisine') was any account of the scone's ingredients, a secret held by one family over many generations. Believed to have been created in a time of need, the scone first gained mention in history around the Siege of Ratby in the Wars of the Roses. Since then the scone's recipe has been protected by local bye-law from adulteration of any kind.

Twenty Years Ago

The local tradition of Sodding Sunday was continued at St Chardonnay in the Quantocks when, in an outdoor service held beneath umbrellas, the Revd Wilmot Proone blessed six new turves laid either side of the church's ancient southern entrance.

Fifty Years Ago

Members of the Surrey Young Communists' League met on Box Hill for a Chablis and Cucumber sandwich picnic. After a short talk on collectivisation in the production of turnips, there was a Primrose Path ramble, ending with the popular Treasure Hunt.

One Hundred Years Ago

Apprentice stringcutter Ernest Boaks, of Stringsnippers' Yard, Walsall, worked a 143-hour week for no wage and a polite refusal of the payment in string sometimes awarded to trainees who show outstanding promise. Praising his young employee, Cllr Meanwood Pinch, proprietor of West Midlands Bindings Ltd, told the press, 'He's a grand lad, young Ernie, and keen as mustard. We could do with more of his sort around.'

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