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Advert For Luck's, Confectioner

Advert For Luck's, Confectioner

Printer: Napier

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1886

Shelfmark: Evan.6492

Item number: 6492

Genre: Leaflet

This confectioners shop is selling Hot Cross Buns. It is said that on Good Friday in 1361, Father Thomas Rockliffe distributed small spiced cakes marked with a cross to the poor of St Albans, and so Hot Cross Buns have been eaten at Easter ever since. Traditionally the buns were made from the dough used to make the hosts and the buns were therefore thought to have special properties and could even cure certain illnesses. It was believed that they would protect against evil and so were hung in the kitchen and even taken by sailors when they left on long voyages. It was also believed that they would not go mouldy for 12 months.

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