Shropshire’s Spicy Secret

Billington’s First Shop in 1817

Since 1817, the artisan bakers of Market Drayton, Shropshire, have kept a closely guarded secret; the coveted recipe of Billington’s Gingerbread.  Made famous by a Mr. Thomas who baked the gingerbread in the basement of his bakery in the town, the recipe has been passed down to a succession of local artisan bakers, including a Mr Richard Billington in 1864 , of which the brand “Billington’s Celebrated Market Drayton Gingerbread” was born.  Market Drayton, Shropshire, which is known as the ‘home of gingerbread’, has always celebrated close links to the ancient spice routes via Clive of India, who originates from the town.

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