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Issue No.114
23 November 2017

Pull! A history of the cracker

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Paul Kerensa explores an explosion in the Victorian era


LONDON IN THE 1840S SAW CHRISTMAS EXPLODE. 1843 alone gave us Christmas cards, A Christmas Carol and O Come All Ye Faithful. Millions were descending on the capital for work, so Christmas now had a new sense of returning home. Workers took new festive customs with them; London lit each fuse, while the country stood back to see if it went bang.

For the cracker, we thank London confectioner Tom ...

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