|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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