Ormskirk Gingerbread has been renowned for several centuries. Rumour has it that it came over from France but nobody is sure where it originated.

Manufactured by women in Ormskirk from as early as 1732, we do know it was exceptionally popular across the North of England and that the Gingerbread ladies of Ormskirk helped spread its fame.

Fyles Gingerbread
was established, and later run by Sarah Fyles
Gingerbread Ladies
sold gingerbread to travellers on the Liverpool to Preston Stage
East Lancashire Railway Company
received £20 off 5 women so that they could sell gingerbread in Ormskirk
Current Retailers
include DC Scott & Sons in Church St and Mr Thompson's on Ormskirk Market

Information sourced from Ormskirk Bygone Times

Delicious Ormskirk

Gingerbread Recipe
By the late Margaret Ashcroft

275g/10oz self-raising flour
110g/4oz butter (softened)
110g/4oz light soft brown sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp black treacle
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
finely grated rind of half a lemon


Put the butter, sugar, treacle and spices in a bowl and work together with a wooden spoon.

Add the flour and lemon rind and continue to work together.

When evenly mixed knead gently together.

Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut into 60mm plain rounds.

Put on to greased baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes at gas mark 3, 170°C/325°F until turning colour.

Makes 40-50 biscuits.

There are a number of Ormskirk gingerbread recipes that circulate, do you have a better recipe? Let us know using the contact box.

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