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Black Country pork letter recalled pat-a-cake nursery rhyme

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

By Bryn Williams

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MARY Hackett's nostalgic Christmas memory letter in The Bugle (January 9 edition) on taking her family's leg of pork to be cooked at the local baker's where it was marked with a label to identify it from all the others, brought to mind the old nursery rhyme "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man" where the baker is instructed to "Pat it and prick it and mark it with T".

This practice of calling on the good offices of the baker is a centuries old tradition for folk with modest culinary facilities.

The rhyme is believed to have first appeared in print in 1698 so Mary's family were following in the footsteps of a good few predecessors!

Regards.

Bryn Williams,

bmwilliams52@googlemail.com

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