St Mary's Hall, Kemptown, Brighton, East Sussex was founded in 1836 by Revd. Henry Venn Elliott, as a school for the daughters of clergy.
Following the closure of the school in 2009 many of the school buildings are now owned and used by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. They have been sympathetically restored and preserved in perpetuity. The school archive is held in "The Keep" and much of the memorabilia has a permanent home in The Spire Arts centre, in the former school Chapel, St Mark's Church, Kemptown. The spirit of the school lives on in the St Mary's Hall Association, in a virtual community of website, email and social media, with regular Reunions.
The idea for this book arose from Old Girls' communications on Facebook, remembering, fondly, Dr Dixon and his 1981 publication. One OG found, and loaned me, her copy, and we have included selected recipes from the original together with Dr Dixon's original Foreword in this new SMHA Cook Book.
We are particularly pleased to be able to include some notes from the new contributors about the reasons they associate their submissions with the School or their childhood.
Although the Cook Book's prime audience is clearly St Mary's Hall Girls and Staff the recipes in it will interest all readers in search of good cooking and eating.
Published: 18 April 2014
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