History of the Cornish  pasty

 

UPPER CLASS ORIGINS

 

1300

 The pasty has been a documented part of the British diet since the 14th century, at this time being devoured by the rich upper classes and royalty

 

The earliest pasty references are to Chretien de Troyes who was a late 12th-Century poet at the court of his patroness, Countess Marie de Champagne, between 1160-1172. His life dates are not known.

1296

Simon le Pafteymaker

Reference in legal document relating to a land transfer in Warwickshire

 

c1380

Geoffrey Chaucer “The Cooks Tale” - first use in print

 

1510

The Plymouth pasty – reference to expenses in the Borough of Plymouth audit book

 

1746

Reference to a muttton pasty in letter to John Tremayn of Heligan – first reference in Cornwall

A CORNISH STAPLE

1700

The pasty became commonplace in the 16th and 17th centuries and by the 18th century it was firmly established in cornwall as a food eaten by poorer working families.

WORKING MAN’S meal

 

1800

It was the advent of Cornish mining in the 19th century that really brought the pasty into its own and made it an important part of the life of so many Cornish families.