Family Recipe Friday: A Plain Christmas Pudding for Children

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide' - see this post for more information.)

A PLAIN CHRISTMAS PUDDING FOR CHILDREN.
INGREDIENTS.- 1 lb. flour, 1 lb. breadcrumbs, ¾ lb. stoned raisins, ¾ lb. currants, ¾ lb. suet, 3 or 4 eggs, milk, 2 oz. candied peel, 1 teaspoonful powdered allspice, ½ saltspoonful salt.

Mode.- Let the suet be finely chopped, the raisins stoned, and the currants well washed, picked, and dried. Mix these with the other dry ingredients, and stir well together ; beat and strain the eggs to the pudding, stir these in, and add just sufficient milk to make it mix properly. Tie it up in a well-floured cloth, put it into boiling water, and boil for at least 5 hours. Serve with a sprig of holly placed in the middle of the pudding, and a little pounded sugar sprinkled over it.

Time, 5 hours. Average cost, 1s. 9d. Sufficient for 9 or 10 children. Seasonable at Christmas.


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Advent Calendar: Santa Keyring

Category: Sharing Memories

When our son was small we used to do the dutiful thing and take him to visit Father Christmas in one of the big stores in town. On one such occasion, they produced a photograph in a keyring which we have kept to this day (see photo below).

Santa Keyring
Our son with Santa, aged about 3 or 4 (our son that is, Santa's a bit older!)

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Advent Calendar: Outdoor Decorations

Category: Sharing Memories

Today's Advent Calendar post is about outdoor Christmas decorations. Over the last 20 years or so, these seem to have taken off in a big way but when I was growing up I wasn't conscious of outdoor decorations except for the ones you saw in the city centre.

A few years ago we lived in a cul-de-sac where the custom was to decorate the front of your home and get together for the big swtich-on. Of the 30 or so houses, only one or two didn't take part. I have to confess, our offering was a simple string of lights over the garage to give the illusion that we weren't completely bah, humbug! Having moved again since, thankfully there's no pressure to keep the tradition up! Perhaps we really are bah, humbug, after all. lol

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Advent Calendar: Christmas Cards

Category: Ancestors Corner

My grandpa, William Hellyer Geake, was called up to take part in WWII on 1st January 1941. He sent this Christmas Card to his family whilst he was away, I believe in 1941 as his youngest daughter would have been a baby then, which he mentions in the card. Away at war, he didn't see his youngest daughter until she was 4 years old.

The front of Grandpa's Christmas Card
The front of Grandpa's Christmas Card.

Inside my Grandpa's Christmas Card
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Advent Calendar: Christmas Tree Ornaments

Category: Sharing Memories

Although I took 'A' Level art, I'm not much into crafts but I do remember making paper lanterns in primary school. I just decided to have a quick go to see if I could still make one and this is my feeble attempt for old times' sake.

Paper Lantern
Paper Lantern

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On This Day...1st - 9th December

Category: On This Day...

1st DECEMBER

1898 - it's the anniversary of my grandpa's birthday. Born at Soldier's Point, Dundalk, Ireland, Charles George Hibbitt would have been 113 years old on 1st December.

1738 - Richard King, the youngest son of my 8 x great-grandparents, Thomas & Margaret King, died in Fretherne, Gloucestershire, and was buried there a few days later.

2nd DECEMBER

1813 - Sarah didn't need to change her surname when John Rowlandson & Sarah Rowlandson were married at Hadstock, Essex, 198 years ago.

3rd DECEMBER

1857 - Henry Lane & Hannah Young were married at Aston Ingham, Herefordshire.

1872 - Emily Jane Weaver, eldest daughter of my great-great-grandparents, was born in Curry Rivel, Somerset.

4th DECEMBER

1797 - my 5 x great-grandmother, Ann Dando (nee Brothers), died at the age of 54 and was buried at Rodborough Tabernacle near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

5th DECEMBER

1848 - 163 years ago, my 5 x great-grandfather, William Henry Weaver (known as Henry or Harry), was born illegitimately in Curry Rivel, Somerset.

1857 - my 3 x great-grandparents, William Smale & Mary Jane Moore, celebrated their marriage at St Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon.

1861 - Nathaniel Dando, the younger, & Rosa Ann Dingle tied the knot at Christ Church, Turnham Green, Middlesex. Nathaniel, a warehouseman, had previously been widowed.

1899 - just before the turn of the century, Thomas Sargent, died, aged 75, and his headstone can be seen at Chepstow Municipal Cemetery, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

7th DECEMBER

1862 - my great-great-grandparents, Charles Newbold Hibbitt & Mary Ann Pitcher, were married at St John Baptist Church, Claines, Worcestershire. Their original marriage certificate has been handed down and is the oldest original document I have in my possession.

1862 Marriage Certificate for Charles N Hibbitt & Mary A Pitcher
1862 Marriage Certificate for Charles N Hibbitt & Mary A Pitcher
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Advent Calendar: The Christmas Tree

Category: Sharing Memories

For many years my grandparents had an artificial Christmas tree which I don't remember in great detail. However, there was always one thing that fascinated me about it and that was the sheet of cotton wool which was placed around the base in an attempt to mimic snow. I think my gran used to decorate the tree and there was a foot-or-so high statue of Father Christmas which used to adorn their front room too.

It's always been my job to decorate the tree in our house but I have to admit that after more than 20 years, I finally got fed up and so we bought a miniature tree, complete with decorations, which I just have to whip out of the box and plonk on the hearth. Simples!

This is our original Christmas Tree
This is our orginal Christmas Tree

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Tuesday's Tip: Launch of the British Newspaper Archive

Category: General

Today is the launch day for the British Newspaper Archive - www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk. The archive will offer access to up to 4 million pages, 65 million stories at launch, fully searchable online, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles (mainly dating from the 19th century) from every part of the UK and Ireland.

It's free to search but you'll need to pay to access the content. A 12 month subscription costs 79.95 for unlimited access. The cost of 3000 credits, valid for 30 days, is 29.95 and 500 credits, valid for 2 days, is 6.95. The following table shows how many credits each type of content costs to view for both Package options.

Type of Scanned PageCredit cost per page30 Day Package
Equivalent Cost per Page
2 Day Package
Equivalent Cost per Page
Published over 107 years ago (B&W)
Pages scanned from microfilm (B&W
50.050.07
Published over 107 years ago (colour scan)100.100.14
Published within last 107 years150.150.21

Be aware that UK citizens may already have free access to some of these publications through their local library membership. This doesn't mean you have to go to the library to view the material, you can do it online at home with your membership card.

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Site updates - Surnames: Arnold, Raynor/Rayner, Wagstaff, Orton, Avins, Alcock, Bacon, Garlick

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Nuneaton, Ansley and Chilvers Coton, all in Warwickshire.

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Those Places Thursday: Thanksgiving 2011 at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, England

Category: General

Today is American Thanksgiving Day, which has strong ties with Plymouth, England. Plymouth is home to the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers left England aboard the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America on 6 September 1620.

To celebrate, two ceremonies were held to mark Thanksgiving Day this year, the Flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall and a Thanksgiving ceremony at the Mayflower Steps Memorial. The ceremonies were organised by American citizens living in Plymouth and were attended by the Lord Mayor and local Councillors.

I popped down to the Mayflower Steps and captured parts of the ceremony on my camera. Apologies for the sound quality of the video but it was quite a breezy day. You should be able to make out the sound of the seagulls squawking when the wreath was being layed and I particularly enjoyed the rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.


Read more about the Mayflower Steps in my previous post.

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