Market Lavington Museum

Marrow jam – 1903


At Market Lavington Museum, some of our artefacts are three dimensional and with visual appeal and are well suited to being on display for our visitors to enjoy. We also have many paper based items, full of historical interest, but less visually appealing. Amongst these is a little notebook.

It measures about 16cms by 10cm and contains handwritten recipes. It belonged to the Earle and Welch families. Annie Earle married James Welch about 1885. They were the grandparents of Peggy Gye (nee Welch) the founder of our museum. The entries in the book date from about the 1860s to the early 1900s. Some of the handwriting is very difficult to read. Others are legible.

During the Autumn, gardeners will have harvested their marrows, before the frosts. With their hard stripey skins, they can be stored for quite a while, but eventually turn mushy.

To prevent wastage, a jam recipe might have been the solution and this recipe book has one dated 20.9.1903.

Even with a couple of lemons to aid flavour and setting, marrows are very watery and a long boiling of the jam was required before a set could be achieved.