All of us at Sheldon Bosley Knight would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Easter! We hope everyone has an egg-scellent time!
For Sheldon Bosley Knight in our 180th year, we’ve been thinking about what Easter might have been like in the 19th century when our business first started.
It’s well documented the Victorians had a huge influence in how Christmas became the celebration it is today, but what many perhaps aren’t so familiar with is they also had a role in how we celebrate Easter.
For example, the sending and receiving of decorative greetings cards to friends and family became fashionable during this period, not least as a result of the advent of the penny stamp in 1840 which made it more affordable to do so.
Easter meals at which the family congregated became a Victorian tradition, with lamb and ham served alongside vegetables for the celebratory feasts. As well as the savoury element, other foodstuffs such as Simnel Cake and hot cross buns also became popular.
Easter egg hunts became a firm favourite amongst Victorian children and the chocolate variety had their origins at this time thanks to Birmingham chocolatier John Cadbury who began selling them in 1875. They were filled with sugar-coated chocolate drops known as dragees.
However you are celebrating Easter this year, we hope it’s egg-stra special!