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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