Your Soul Cake Memories

Soul cakes, and the tradition of souling, date back to the seventeenth century and seems to have persisted in parts of the country. There’s evidence that at the turn of the 19th century, children in Shropshire still went ‘a-souling’. But when exactly did this tradition die out? Or does it in fact still persist?

If you remember baking soul cakes, going soul-caking around your community, or heard stories from ancestors, we’d love to hear from you. Contributing to this aspect of the Great Northern Soul Cake Bake Off will help us to understand the history of ‘soul cakes’ and how it has evolved over the years.

Share your memories

Share your ideas and picture via the form below, or you can email researcher Barbara Ravelhofer (

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