East Cheshire National Trust Association Lecture

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  • Date and time

    Tuesday 14 April 2020 14:00 - 15:30
  • Price

    £2 for association members, £3 for guests and visitors
  • Location

    Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB
  • Submitted by

    East Cheshire National Trust Association


Suze Appleton will be talking about the life and works of Elizabeth Raffald, a little know 18th century entrepreneur who lived in Manchester. She wrote a recipe cookbook containing 800 recipes 100 years before Mrs Beaton.

Elizabeth gave us recipes for many modern-day dishes such as wedding cake, piccalilli and crumpets. Her book ran into nearly 40 editions and she followed it with the first ever trade directories for Manchester. She completed all this while running businesses in catering, servant employment, a shop and an inn. She also had 9 children. She was a powerhouse of enterprise.

Suze Appleton worked in Benefits Advice until 10 years ago. She then took a writing course and self-published works of fiction. She came across Elizabeth Raffald through a series of coincidences and this resulted in her giving talks, writing books and arranging a Stockport memorial to Elizabeth.