In July 1803, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lived just outside Horsham, wrote to an aunt. He asked her to buy some gingerbread from a Horsham market to take on a picnic. Some sixty years later, the gingerbread industry in Horsham was at its height!
But in 1917, Horsham’s last gingerbread maker, Mr Lovekin, died. So, along with him went his secret recipe.
That was, until 2009! Jeremy Knight, the curator of the Horsham Museum, discovered a 200-year-old recipe book from the Shelley family. It contained a clearly written recipe for gingerbread. But, this wasn’t the sort of easy to follow recipe that we know today. Lesley Ward then spent a whole year working with the recipe until it was perfect. Then, the journey of our gingerbread shop and it’s historically inspired, delicious recipes began!