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The Cotton Man and the Bakers

Photo copyright: A Mixed Bag
Photo copyright: A Mixed Bag
As Jim allowed his boat to drift home, his thoughts turned inwards to what he knew about his family’s history. He started in a town in Lancashire, a place which was experiencing great hardship. It’s people were starving. The mill owner had had no choice but to close the mill. War had curtailed the supply of cotton. Now the mill owner John Townley was seeing his workforce perish. So he purchased flour and sugar then called the women of the town to bake. They stripped the moors of bilberries and baked tarts which he sold to Manchester. Then they made Marmalade and Treacle tarts and even Manchester tarts. Soon the town was thriving again, a place of plenty. So once again meat and potato and butter pies adorned tables. But tonight Jims wife would be preparing a fish chowder, for his fishing trip had been successful. Well Jim mused he could wait for a Butter pie. Jim decided life was good and cracked open a bottle of milk stout, then toasted Mr Townley.

 

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    1. PJ As a child I remember the ending of rationing after WW2. Soon after I visited Lancashire where my great aunt produced wonderful food – including tripe and chips with lashings of vinger!

    1. I smiled and smiled at your comment: for I do love toast. In my story I wanted to say, ‘he’ lifted a glass to Mr Townley, but the word count beat me. Ps I really enjoyed your poem “Finding Sanctuary” as I could relate to it.

    1. Thank you Neel As a child I remember the ending of rationing after WW2. Soon after I visited Lancashire where my great aunt produced wonderful food – including tripe and chips with lashings of vinger!

    1. Thank you Kalpana, As a child I remember the ending of rationing after WW2. Soon after I visited Lancashire where my great aunt produced wonderful food – including tripe and chips with lashings of vinger! There are many different types of marmalade: They can be used mixed with other ingredients Marmalade Cake is a favourite of mine

  1. Great story , Michael . Those baked delicacies sound delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
    By the way , both our protagonists have the same name and same profession. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Moon, As a child I remember the ending of rationing after WW2. Soon after I visited Lancashire where my great aunt produced wonderful food – including tripe and chips with lashings of vinger!

  2. Jim seems like a very thoughtful and organized guy. Able to see the ‘big picture’ and deal with reality. He’s ingenious too having the women’s baking become the main industry of the town. Gets good meals out of it too, but I should think he may want to be careful of a hard attack later on ๐Ÿ™‚

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