The History of Horsham Gingerbread
In July 1803, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lived just outside Horsham at Field Place, Warnham, wrote to an aunt, asking 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, with gingerbread makers throughout the town using their own carved wooden moulds to produce a variety of different sizes and shapes of gingerbread.
But in 1917 Horsham’s last gingerbread maker, Mr Lovekin, died, and with him his secret recipe. Bakewell continued to be famous for its tarts, Banbury its cakes; Bath its buns, but Horsham was no longer known for its gingerbread.