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Food & drink

A Little Bit of Cucumber

Comedic music hall-song first performed by Harry Champion in 1915, about the types of food preferred by the cockney working classes.


A beerhouse was a type of public house created in the United Kingdom by the 1830 Beerhouse Act, legally defined as a place “where beer is sold to be consumed on the premises”.

Eccles cake

The Eccles cake, named after the town in Lancashire where it was first made, is a confection made of flaky pastry filled with currants.

Elizabeth Raffald

18th-century English entrepreneur, author of The Experienced English Housekeeper, and possible inventor of the Eccles cake.

Florence Petty

Florence Petty (1 December 1870 – 18 November 1948) was a Scottish cookery writer and broadcaster.

Gin Craze

The Gin Craze in the first half of 18th-century Great Britain was a period when the consumption of gin increased rapidly, leading to an epidemic of extreme drunkenness.


Gruel is any kind of roasted and crushed cereal moistened by being mixed with water or milk.

Magee Marshall & Company

Magee Marshall & Company operated from the Crown Brewery in Bolton, Lancashire, England from 1888 until being taken over by Greenall Whitley in 1958.

Martha Bradley

18th-century English cook, author of The British Housewife.

Mary Eales

Mary Eales was an 18th-century writer on cookery and confectionery, author of Mrs Mary Eales’s Receipts (1718)

Rag pudding

Rag pudding is a savoury dish once popular in the mill towns of northwest England.

Salade niçoise

Salade niçoise originated in the French city of Nice. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives and anchovies, dressed with olive oil.