The Home of Gingerbread
Gingerbread has been baked and enjoyed for over 200 hundred years in Market Drayton! The first recorded mention is Roland Lateward, maltster, who built a bakery at the back of his cottage in Shropshire Street & who was baking gingerbread in 1793. It has been noted by food historian, Meg Pybus, that it was probably made earlier as there were already large stocks of ginger in High Street businesses in the 1640’s and 1680’s. Gingerbrede, the oldest cake bread in the world, arrived in this country with the Crusades. The earliest recipe dates from 1390.
In 1817 another bakery began in the corner of High Street and Church Street, which then became known as Billington’s Gingerbread.
Gingerbread Baking Champion
At the first annual Ginger and Spice Festival, Billington’s Gingerbread sponsored a ‘best gingerbread house’ baking contest.
The adults category was won by Jana Jacobson with her magnificent ‘Russian Splendor’ which took over 120 hours to make.