The Denby Dale Pie is a huge communal meat and vegetable pie baked to commemorate special occasions, with a rule that each pie must be larger than the last. It has been baked ten times;
The 1964 Pie Dish, now used as a floral planter.
● 1788 - To celebrate King George III's recovery from madness. A game pie baked at the White Hart pub.
● 1815 - Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. The pie, contained "two sheep, twenty fowls and a half a peck of flour".
● 1846 - The Repeal of the Corn Laws.
● 1887 - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The 1 1/2 ton pie proved to be rotten, possibly through poorly-handled game, including what appeared to be a skinned fox. It was paraded through the streets in funeral style and buried in quick lime.
● September 1887: The 'Resurrection Pie' baked (without game) to replace the failed Jubilee pie.
● 1896 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the Repeal of the Corn Laws. 2000 portions supplied.
● 1928 - To raise funds for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. 16ft. long, 5ft. wide.
● 1964 - Celebration of Four Royal Births.
● 1988 - Bicentenary of the First Denby Dale Pie.
● 2000 - The Millennium Pie, in a dish designed by The University of Huddersfield School of Engineering, measured 40ft by 8 ft, held 5 tons of beef, 2 tons of potato, a ton of onions and nearly 200 pints of John Smith's Bitter.
There is a 'Denby Dale Pie Company' in the town whose products, though generally more modest than the grand pies, do include huge (by ordinary standards) 3kg 'celebration' pies.
The Denby Dale pie dish in 1940 ahead of being melted for the war effort
Pie slices, Denby Dale
Image: Humphrey Bolton
Denby Dale Pie
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