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Colston Buns
Bristol, Gloucestershire

Yeast-raised sweet bread round with sweet spices, lemon and a little dried fruit and candied peel. Made in a large size with (typically) 8 division markings and a small, individual, form known as a starver.

Children eating Colston Buns
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Edward Colston

Named after Edward Colston, 1636-1721, a Bristol merchant who endowed a school and almshouses and who is commemorated each November at a service in the Cathedral where schoolchildren are issued with the buns. They are also manufactured as ordinary fare by several bakers in the city (Mason+Brown 2004).

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