So which baker will make us some Colston Buns?

Seem to be similar to a Bath Bun but not as good – as with anything from Bristol of course. Seems to be the candied peel that is the difference.

So, given events around that statue perhaps we can find a baker to make some:

A Colston bun is a sweet bun made of a yeast dough flavoured with dried fruit such as currants, candied peel, streusel and sweet spices. It is made in the city of Bristol, England, and named after Edward Colston, a Bristol-born English merchant, philanthropist, slave trader, and Member of Parliament who created the original recipe. It comes in two size categories: “dinner plate” with eight wedge marks on the surface and “ha’penny staver”, an individual sized bun.[1][2]

The Colston Bun is traditionally distributed to children on Colston Day (13 November), which celebrates the granting of a Royal Charter to the Society of Merchant Venturers by Charles I in 1639. The custom originated from the Colston’s School, which was established for poor children in the early 18th century. Originally, the child would receive a large “dinner plate” bun with eight wedge marks so that individual portions could be broken off and shared with their family, plus a “staver” which could be eaten immediately to “stave off” hunger, and a gift of 2 shillings (now 10p) from the wives of the Merchant Venturers. The gifts of buns and money are still distributed to some school children in Bristol on Colston Day by the Colston Society.[3]

Colston Buns are not widely known outside Bristol, and are generally only available for sale on occasion in independent bakers around the city.[4] In the 21st century, the name has become controversial as Edward Colston was known to have been a slave trader.[5]

Colston was indeed a slave trader. As with other humans he contained multitudes. He was also a significant philanthropist and generations of Bristolians have gained from his endowments. The bun is, as above, purely about that philanthropy – and I particularly like the thought that went into the delivery of the dinner plate and the staver. Someone had properly observed young folk to think that up.

The point being, not that the mob is likely to hear it, that it is possible to celebrate the good without having to hagio* the entirety. Even, to celebrate that good while condemning that bad.

And if you were to desire to – not that anyone would, oh no – rather stir things up you would start a practice of, on that 13 November, handing them out at the location of where that statue used to be.

*If a hagiography is the written down version of it, then the verb is to hagio, isn’t it?

10 thoughts on “So which baker will make us some Colston Buns?”

  1. Colston was a slave trader. But was he a good slave trader? A lot of people died on his ships, but was the ratio lower than other merchants of human flesh because he hired the best crews or planned the nutrition best or didn’t overcrowd or discovered and implemented another way of getting them in chains across the Atlantic better than his competitors.
    If he was good at it, then can we say there were fewer victims than if the guy never existed.

  2. As to slavery, that historically ever present in all societies fact, Colston was a successful slave merchant (like many others in many other societies), but our society did do away with it and sacrificed many men and much money to pursue it and shut it down.

    Certain societies still operate with slaves (with slight improvements).

    Colston was a major force for the improvement of his society’s lot and what he did was not unusual at the time. As always, let’s apply current mores to other times.

    If the left is sooo good, why don’t they start applying the mores of 2120 to current society? Ahh? DOn’t know what they are going to be, right?

    The left in Spain have the fetish of trying to wipe clean history. The right were c**ts and we cannot celebrate anything they did. Currently the Central Government is trying to demonstrate that the Madrid Regional Governement are to the right of Ghengis Khan using the same smear tactics as always with lies, confrontation and unfounded accusations. Changing street names is a favourite. Statues have to go.
    History is of course, bunk. What happened is ‘we the heroic left have saved you. Now giv’us your money.’

    Monday morning rant over. Back to work.

  3. Hagiologise seems better. Hagio just means “holy” and hagiography is therefore “writing about the holy”. Hagiology would be “using words about the holy”

  4. Our local school, James Gillespie’s (the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie school) was founded in 1803 by a bequest from the estate of one of Edinburgh’s richest men – a tobacco and snuff merchant and philanthropist.

    I wonder how long it will be before his name is removed from it by the woke warriors, given the source of his fortune.

  5. ‘ *If a hagiography is the written down version of it, then the verb is to hagio, isn’t it?’

    Wouldn’t the verb be to hagiograph… like the verb for photography is to photograph, for example.

  6. “Seem to be similar to a Bath Bun but not as good – as with anything from Bristol of course”

    I had to Google ‘Bath’ as it’s easily forgotten. “small town notable only as you have to pass through it to get to Brstol if you’re coming up from Southampton on the A36. Pronounced ‘Baff'”

  7. Bloke in Germany

    But, what we really want to know is, will the Court grant an order to make them make you said buns?

  8. Wouldn’t the verb be to hagiograph… like the verb for photography is to photograph, for example.

    Indeed: the verb is γρᾰ́φειν, to write; the prefix describes either what is being used to write (eg φωτω-, light; λῐ́θος, stone; &c) or what is being written about (eg ἅγιος, the holy; πορνεία, prostitution; &c).

    Here endeth the lesson.

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