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Ann Summers : Creator of the World Famous Bakewell Pudding
ISBN 978-0-9552251-7-8
by Paul Hudson.
Published August 2008 - 64 pages, illustrated (including colour images).
A5 - Softback : £5.95 from bookstores + £1.00 (UK P&P)

Paul Hudson is a direct descendent of Ann Summers who famously created the World famous Bakewell Pudding.
Born in Buxton in July 1947 and was brought up in the Derbyshire market town of Bakewell. He was born into a family that was mad on all sports, particularly cricket and rugby, the latter of which he played at county level.
At the age of 17, after attending Lady Manners Grammar School in Bakewell, he joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Corps and went to the Police Training School at Hendon. At 19 he became a police constable and was posted to West End Central Police Station that was responsible for policing the whole of Soho and Mayfair. At 21 he applied for and was accepted by the Special Branch at Scotland Yard, a department responsible for combating a wide range of extremist and terrorist activity.
He retired in 1996 after four years at 10 Downing Street where he was second-in-command of Prime Minister John Major’s personal protection team. In the course of his time working with the PM he was fortunate enough to travel to over 55 countries of the world, many of them on several occasions.
Since he retired he has lived with his family in idyllic seclusion in North Cornwall where he and his wife run a small holiday business.

Peak District locals may raise an eyebrow at the title of this new book – Ann Summers is usually associated with the High Street chain of adult shops, and they would have associated the creation of the world famous Bakewell Pudding with Mrs Ann Greaves, wife of the innkeeper of the Rutland Arms which dominates the centre of the town of Bakewell. But that would probably be the limit of their knowledge about this hard-working, popular and interesting lady who was prominent in Bakewell life during the first half of the 19th century.
This new book is the culmination of many years of research by Paul Hudson, a direct descendant of the famous Mrs Greaves, (née Summers) who instigated the baking of the first Bakewell Pudding in the kitchens of her Rutland Arms Inn in the early 19th century. He has set out to correct the anomalies about the lady who put Bakewell on the world map and who played such an enormous part in the future prosperity and popularity of the town by creating the first Bakewell Pudding all those years ago and by passing the recipe down for all to enjoy.
During the course of this research, the author discovered that his family was directly associated with many notable characters of their day like Sir Humphry Davy, Sir Joseph Paxton, George Stephenson and the ‘Bachelor Duke’ of Devonshire to name but a few, plus places of special local interest like Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. He has moulded this information which has been culled from numerous documentary records to form an absorbing study of work.
The story of the Bakewell Pudding, Mrs Greaves’ large family of descendants and who has the original and genuine Bakewell Pudding recipe is all explained in this book. It has taken years of research to complete, has brought the author in touch with a great many new and previously unknown relatives and the fascinating stories they have collected over the centuries.
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