On This Day: 25 June 1699

In his household account book of his stay at Bath with his wife we learn that neither Thomas nor Mary Bowrey bathed in the waters today. We also have a lists of expenses faithfully noted.

On just one day, Thomas Bowrey paid for:

  • Fish: Sole, Crab and Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon
  • A Pig
  • Lemon
  • Anchovies & Nutmeg
  • Pepper & 2 Rols
  • Vinegar & Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Artichokes
  • 2 Loaves
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • 6 Rols [forms of both bread rolls and sausage rolls were known at the time]
  • Butter
  • 2 Pints of Wine Mistaken
  • Making a Pigeon Pie
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon & Capers
  • A Leg of Mutton
  • 6 Rols
  • Tart & Custard & Cheesecake
  • Bread
  • Wine (Thursday)
  • Beans & Bacon
  • 1/2 a Barrel of Beer
  • A Lemon
  • Wine (Friday)
  • Trout

From the date in the account book, this may have been the supplies for a number of days but less than a week. As Bowrey’s friend Nathaniel Long is mentioned, the supplies may have been for two couples and, perhaps, the servants as well but nevertheless it would appear that they lived very well if not healthily by present-day standards.

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