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Bosworth Jumbels

Pies and Pastries

Pastry of flour, butter, sugar and egg, flavoured with almonds and lemon peel. Rolled, and formed into thin S-shapes. Baked.

Bosworth Jumbles
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Bosworth Jumbles are known at least since the mid-nineteenth century. For instance in a speech by the MP Mr Paget reported in 'The Leicester Chronicle ' on Saturday 17 October 1868, he applauded the famous Bosworth School but said that the people of Bosworth had no more right to keep good education to themselves than to keep all their Jumbles for Boswellians alone.

The town of Market Bosworth is especially known for being adjacent to the field where, in 1485, the House of Lancaster trounced the House of York in the final battle in the Wars of the Roses. There is a rather fanciful story that the Jumbels were a speciality of the Yorkist King Richard III's cook who left the receipt on the battlefield. We have been unable to find the source of this tale, but it doesn't seem to be known before the 1980's.

The Former Blue Boar Inn at Leicester
where Richard III stayed before the Battle of Bosworth

See: Jumbles or Jumbels or Jambals

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