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Receipt book of Anna-Maria Meysey junior

  • Anna-Maria Meysey d.1836, of Shakenhurst Hall, Worcestershire, daughter of Charles Meysey and married to Edmund Meysey-Wrigley.
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Manuscript recipe book of Anna-Maria Meysey, containing culinary, domestic and medical receipts.

The volume is written in one hand and compiles family recipes for baked goods, meat, medical remedies and domestic chores including cures for rheumatism and inflamed eyes, recipes for cakes and meat stews and how to wash silk stockings. The book attributes these recipes to various family and friends, including Mrs Wodhull of Thenford (providing recipes for Beef Tea, Lemonade, Orangeade, 'Doctor Lowers Cholic Tincture', and 'For cleaning mahogany tables', among others), Mrs Meysey of Worcester ('To pickle Mangoes'), Sister Turton ('Trentham Cheese' and 'To make Tar Water'), Aunt Meysey Shakenhurst ('To bottle gooseberry's', and 'To make puff Past') and E. Turton (Tooth Powder). In several instances notes that the recipe is copied from an outside source e.g. Thomson Family Herbal by Bewick.

The volume also features an index of recipes towards the end of the volume.



Physical description

1 volume 116 leaves, small 4to (196 x 160mm), pages 129-163 are blank, with index, late 18th-century calf-backed marbled boards.

Acquisition note

Purchased from Christie's, South Kensington, London, June 2009.

Finding aids

Online Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.


  • English
  • French

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