Pre-war cookbook ‘Deeping People and Recipes 1913’ launched

Jan Morrell, left, buys her copy of the new book from Pauline Redshaw, Elizabeth Parkinson and Judy Stevens
Jan Morrell, left, buys her copy of the new book from Pauline Redshaw, Elizabeth Parkinson and Judy Stevens
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A book of recipes written by village residents the year before the outbreak of the First World War has been republished.

Deeping People and Recipes 1913 was launched at a ceremony at Market Deeping Town Hall last Saturday.

The book is the first undertaking by the Deepings First World War Commemoration Project Group.

It features recipes written by Deepings residents and photos of Market Deeping, Deeping St James and Deeping Gate at the time.

The original version was published 100 years ago by the Market Deeping Guild of Help, which at the time were raising funds for St Guthlac’s Church.

Group member Judy Stevens said: “Our researchers Elizabeth Parkinson, Joy Baxter, Pauline Redshaw and Dorothea Price have unearthed interesting facts and wonderful images of the people that contributed to the book all those years ago.

“And there are some never before seen photographs of the Deepings in the days of Downton, just before their world was to be completely changed by the ravages of the First World War.”

At the launch visitors were able to try coconut ice, a sweet treat that is included in the pages of the book.

Priced at £4.99, the book is now on sale at Deeping St James Post Office in Church Street, Deepings Community Centre in Douglas Road, Market Deeping, and Callows in Market Place, Market Deeping.

The commemoration group hope to hold many events over the next year to mark the start of the First World War. A series of talks entitled Deeping Will Remember Them began last month at the Priory Church Hall in Deeping St James.