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5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Summers - Creator of the World Famous Bakewell Pudding, 2 Nov 2008
This review is from: Ann Summers - Creator of the World Famous Bakewell Pudding: Centuries of Family History in and Around the Town of Bakewell (Paperback)
The locals in the Peak District may query the title of this new book since they had always associated the name of Ann Summers with the multi-million pound High Street chain of saucy adult shops founded in the early 1970's. They would have connected the creation of the world famous Bakewell Pudding with Mrs Ann Greaves, the wife of the innkeeper of the Rutland Arms which dominates the centre of the town of Bakewell. That would probably be the limit of their knowledge about this hard-working, popular and interesting lady who was prominent in Bakewell life during the first half of the 19th century.

This book is the culmination of many years of research by local-born Paul Hudson, a direct descendant of the famous Mrs Greaves, (maiden name Summers) the lady who instigated the baking of the first Bakewell Pudding in the kitchens of her Rutland Arms Inn in the early 19th century. He has set out to correct the several anomalies about the story of Mrs Greaves, the lady who put Bakewell on the world map all those years ago. She played such an enormous part in the future prosperity and popularity of the town by creating the first Bakewell Pudding all those years ago and by passing it down for all to enjoy.

During the course of this research, the author discovered that his family was directly connected with many notable characters of their day and places of special local interest including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. He has moulded this information culled from numerous documentary records to form an absorbing study of work. Read about Sir Humphry Davy, Sir Joseph Paxton, George Stephenson and the `Bachelor Duke' of Devonshire to name but a few!

The story of the Bakewell Pudding, Mrs Greaves' large family of Hudson and Greaves descendants and who has the original and genuine Bakewell Pudding recipe is all explained in this new book. It has taken several years of research to complete and has brought the author in touch with a great many new and previously unknown relatives and the fascinating stories they have collected over the centuries.
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