This evening, I am focusing on the northern English town of Bakewell which is located in the Derbyshire Dales, about 31 miles S.E. of Manchester.
Facts and information on Bakewell:
- Market town with a history dating back to Saxon times, around 8th century AD.
- Population about 4000 persons.
- Located on banks of River Wye.
- Church dates from 9th century and impressive stone bridge over the river from 13th century. Both of these point to the commercial importance of Bakewell in the Early Medieval period.
- Popular with tourists and close to Chatsworth House, also a popular visitor attraction.
- Famous for being home of the Bakewell Pudding which is believed to have been made by accident in 1820 using a mixture of jam, egg and almond paste.
- A market is held every Monday which attracts large numbers of visitors and local people.
- Name: Despite the town's culinary links, the name has nothing to do with baking.Back in AD 949 the settlement was known as Badecanwelle from which it has subsequently evolved. The 10th century name translates as 'Spring or stream of a man called Badeca'.