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In February 1645, Sir Marmaduke Langdale commanding a Royalist force of 1,500 men inflicted severe losses on the Roundhead garrison at Melton Mowbray. Around 300 men were said to have been killed. Legend has it that Ankle Hill derives its name from the depth of blood spilt!

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Following the end of the season races at Croxton Park, the slightly eccentric Marquis of Waterford and a few of his friends decided to redecorate the town with red paint in the early hours of 6th April 1837. This included an inn, Swan Porch, one of the toll gates and the unfortunate toll keeper! Hence the expression, 'painting the town red'.

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Mary Dickinson (Grandmother of John Dickinson), a noted pork pie maker, is credited with using the first wooden dolly to raise the pastry case: she is considered as the originator of the hand raised Melton Mowbray pork pie.

This technique creates the bow-walled appearance that we know and love today.

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Pie Dolly

John Dickinson opened his bakery in Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray in 1851. Exactly where Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe is today.


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Pie Shoppe

One of our most popular items, the Melton Hunt Cake, was first made in 1854.



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Dickinson & Morris: Only when Joseph Morris joined in 1886, did the brand Dickinson & Morris come about.

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A midnight steeplechase through the streets of Melton Mowbray took place on Monday 10th March 1890.


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Melton Mowbray Steeplechase

The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie now has a PGI Status, granted in 2009. This means it has to be made within a certain geographical location.

If you draw a line around Stamford, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and Grantham, you’ll find Melton Mowbray is in the middle!

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PGI Status