Steeple Ashton Village Green 1887

“The Inns of Wiltshire in old photographs“ Swift, A. & Elliott, K. (2010)

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In Steeple Ashton sadly we don’t get travelling fairs on the village green today, but this one was setting up 126 years ago. No railings around the green then. Coachmans Cottage is a few yards away in the lane on the right.

This picture comes from a book Swift, A. & Elliott, K. (2010), “The Inns of Wiltshire in old photographs“. Bath: Akeman Press, pp. 54-55. copies available.  Also a copy is on view at the Trowbridge Museum

The second house from the left, once the “Rose and Crown“ Steeple Ashton, was de-licensed around 50 years ago. The house on the far right was originally a chapel.

Steeple Ashton

A copy of Steeple Ashton lockup at Lacock as seen in The Cranford Chronicles

Steeple Ashton

If you are looking for an exceptional self catering holiday cottage in the beautiful conservation village of Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire you will not be disappointed with Coachmans Cottage

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Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

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Pure indulgence on arrival at Coachmans Holiday Cottage, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire

100g pkt plain chocolate chips.

1oz cocoa powder.

3oz self raising powder

4oz butter or marg.

8oz sugar

2 large eggs.

Line and grease an 8” sandwich tin. Preheat the oven 140 degrees cent. (fan oven).

Beat all of the ingredients together (I use a mixer). Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 40 -45 mins (I always check after 35 mins). The top needs to be firm when very lightly touched.

Do not overcook and don’t be worried if the cake “sinks” slightly in the middle when cooling.

Cool in the tin completely.

This chocolate fudge cake recipe freezes very well (I always double the mix to make 2), it can be cut from frozen if required and defrosts quickly. Super as a cake, or serve as a dessert with soft fruit and cream or ice cream.

Guests repeatedly ask me for this recipe……it has gone “world wide”!