The 1699 'book of wisdom'
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Woman's 1699 'book of wisdom' returns to Lake District home

A book of household wisdom, written in 1699 by a young woman preparing for marriage, is returning to the Lake District farmhouse that became her home.

Elizabeth Birkett - later to become Mrs Ben Browne - compiled recipes, household tips and quirky remedies for fevers and aches in the small, handwritten, notebook.

Now the smells and tastes of the 18th Century kitchen will be brought to life in her kitchen at Townend farmhouse near Windermere, which remained in the Browne family until the 1950s.

The National Trust is recreating some of her recipes for our visitors to see, smell and taste for the first time in 300 years, as the group's Emma Wright and food historian Ivan Day explain.

  • 08 Apr 2014
  • From the section Cumbria
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