Coventry God-cakes

[Extracted from NQ. 5th. S. vol. 2 (1856), p. 229.]


Coventry God-cakes. Can any of your readers give me information respecting the ancient custom in the city of Coventry of sending God-cakes on the first day of the year. They are used by all classes, and vary in price from a half-penny to one pound. They are invariably made in a triangular shape, an inch thick, and filled with a kind of mince-meat. I believe the custom is peculiar to that city, and should be glad to know more about its origin. So general is the use of them on January 1, that the cheaper sorts are hawked about the streets, as hot-cross-buns are on Good Friday in London.J. W. S.