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Cookery Through the Ages
Recipes from the Medieval to the Victorian ages.


English Mountain Wine



To each gallon of water, put five pounds of raisins, with the stalks pulled clean off.

When they have been steeped a fortnight, let the liquor be squeezed into a barrel that has been well aired with brimstone burnt in a rag.

When it has done working, let it be stopped close up, and in a month it will be ready to be bottled up for the use of the family.





The Farmer's Wife
or, the Complete Country Housewife

London, c. 1780

Please also visit Old London Maps on the web as many of the maps
and views available there have plans and depictions of gardens from
the medieval period through to the late nineteenth century.

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