Historical Food in Surrey KS 3 Pack

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This pack includes:

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  • archive sources
  • background teacher information
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Archaeological evidence of food in Surrey (click to download resource sheet)
1. Nonsuch Palace Nonsuch Palace, from a print by George Hoefnagel. Dated 1582. Surrey History Centre Ref: PX/49/3

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2. Copy of a letter from the Privy Council, Greenwich A document from the council that details the prohibition of eating meat at Lent. Dated 19 February 1586. Surrey History Centre Ref: 6729/11/63/2

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3. A letter sent to the Earl of Nottingham The King (James I) wanted evidence from each of the counties as to how much food they could contribute. The commissioners of Surrey wrote this letter in reply. Dated November 1611.Surrey History Centre Ref: 6729/10/122

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4. Receipt for Tea Found in a collection of household inventory and bills from the Hatchlands Estate, East Clandon. Dated 1781. Surrey History Centre Ref: 1519/3

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5. ‘Mock Turtle Soup’ Recipe ‘Green Turtle Soup’ was a delicacy but was extremely expensive to make, and so a ‘Mock Turtle Soup’ recipe was created by poorer people using much cheaper cuts of meat. There are dozens of examples of ‘Mock Turtle Soup’ recipes from Surrey books. Dated 1790. Surrey History Centre Ref: 6536/305

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6. Contract for Abingdon workhouse A contract to supply Abingdon workhouse with bread, beef, bacon, mutton, milk, candles and other foods. Dated 1836 – 1839. Surrey History Centre Ref: BG2/31/254

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7. An advert for a Bronchitis Kettle and Food Warmer A Bronchitis Kettle had a long spout that moistened the air. This was believed to help people with chest infections like bronchitis. This new invention included a food warmer, so the patient’s food could be kept warm at the same time. Dated 1885 – 1889. Surrey History Centre Ref: 2185/BMB/1054

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8. Photograph of a soldier standing in a banana plantation The 1/6th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment was stationed in India between 1916 and 1919 and kept a photograph album of individuals and both British and Gurkha soldiers, and topographical views.c. Dated 1916. Surrey History Centre Ref: ESR/10/12/6/p29

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9. World War 1 stickers. Ministry of Food Control propaganda stickers produced in the World War 1 campaign against food waste. Dated 1916-1918. Surrey History Centre Ref: 9175/1

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10. A poster found in a Cranleigh Women’s Institute scrapbook This particular poster demonstrates the cooking competitions that were popular at Women’s Institutes as a way of encouraging women to cook food for less money. Dated 1926. Surrey History Centre Ref: 7650/62/12

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11. Newspaper cuttings These newspaper cuttings, kept by the Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards department, show the types of penalties awarded for breaking the Weights and Measures Act. Dated October 15th 1924. Surrey History Centre Ref: CC445/1

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12. ‘Dig for Victory’ pamphlet This was typical of the types of pamphlets produced by the Ministry of Food to encourage growing your own food. Dated 1939 – 1945. Surrey History Centre Ref: 2167/6/29

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13. (a) An average weekly menu An average menu for a family of 5 adults and 2 children found in a Tadworth Women’s Institute scrapbook.(b) Prices for the weekly menuA list of prices for all the components of the weekly menu on the previous page. Dated 1965. Surrey History Centre Ref: 7576/2

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13. (b) Prices for the weekly menu A list of prices for all the components of the weekly menu on the previous page. Dated 1965. Surrey History Centre Ref: 7576/2

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14. Inventory for a possible Plantation in Barbados An estimate of the cost of buying 150 acres in Barbados [captured in 1625] for a plantation and stocking it with slaves and oxen, with notes on the climate and crops. Dated 1625-1649. Surrey History Centre Ref: LM/2022

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