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Traditional sausages. Source: Voyagerix / Adobe Stock.

These Sausages Are Over 500 Years Old (Video)


In the heart of the English countryside, amidst historic landscapes and age-old towns, a remarkable business has flourished for over five centuries. Sausages, the epitome of timelessness and taste, are at the core of this enduring legacy. Located in Bridport, UK, the family-run enterprise stands as the country's oldest business, now in its 25th generation under Richard Balson's stewardship. This establishment's history dates back to 1515, weathering plagues, wars, and countless challenges. Regular customers, spanning generations, attest to the bond formed over years of service.

With almost 20 sausage flavors, from centuries-old recipes like the Tudor Rose to innovative combinations such as pork, ginger beer, and marmalade, the business adapts and evolves without losing its essence. The key to its longevity lies in the pleasure of shopping and storytelling, an experience woven with anecdotes and good-natured gossip. As the business looks ahead, the possibility of a new generation continuing the legacy is heartwarming, echoing the sentiment that hard work and dedication keep this historic journey alive.

Top image: Traditional sausages. Source: Voyagerix / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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