288 Kew Road, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3DU

We are currently putting together a book that will provide a more detailed history of the Maids of Honour business, and of the tarts themselves. As you may have read elsewhere on the site, this is story that stretches back nearly five hundred years, and touches on all levels of society. The information we have already unearthed has proved very exciting, and every day is yielding new discoveries! However, the Maids of Honour is, and has always been, a business linked to the wider local communities of Richmond and Kew, and, as such, we are hoping not to have to undertake this project entirely on our own... The story of any foodstuff offers an irresistibly tangible link to the past: no matter how ancient a recipe, for us to taste it, it must be cooked anew; while the Maids of Honour shop, which has been trading from the same site for nearly 150 years, is itself a monument of living history. To emphasise this continuity through the centuries, our book will focus as much on stories of the business in living memory, as it will on tales from the more distant past. Therefore, we are asking anyone who ha any particular memories or photographs of the Maids of Honour shop -- whether you are a current staff member, a formers staff members, or a customer -- to please email us at manager@theoriginalmaidsofhonour.co.uk and share your stories. We very much look forward to hearing from you! Check back on our website regularly for details on how the book is progressing, and for information of future talks relating to this project.

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