13 October 2011
DO YOU want vinegar on your chips? A question always asked when you pop down to your local chippy. But making your chips tasty is not its only use. It can be used to make your hair shiny, to clean your windows, some even use it to clean meats as it’s also a good disinfectant. There are said to be 300 uses for Britain’s favourite condiment (although I’m not sure you could name them all).
Southwark, in particular Bermondsey, was at the centre of the country’s vinegar production throughout the 19th century. At the time Bermondsey was rife with industry, including the production of glue, custard and leather tanning to name a few. And when vinegar joined that list, factories popped up everywhere churning out the stuff.
It was through the industry that Bermondsey became home to one of the country’s biggest brands – Sarson’s.
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