interesting marriage capers
Victim: Miss Ann Dunkerton (b 1814)
Circumstance: On Ann's marriage in 1843, the Salisbury and Winchester Journal wrote: "The fortunate young farmer has obtained a high honour, the fair bride being the person who had the whole management of making the celebrated West Pennard cheese." The cheese was made from the milk of 737 cows in West Pennard, pooled in June 1839 to produce an octagonal cheese of 11 cwt which was presented to Queen Victoria in 1840. The best cheesemaker in the parish was selected to make the cheese on Friday 28 June 1839. Cannon were fired. before 5am indicated that something important was about to take place. Ann died a few years later. The giant unwanted cheese was neglected and turned into mould.
Origin of this story: Castle Cary Visitor; Somerset Year Book.