Books about Elizabeth Raffald now on sale in Stockport

My short booklet of Elizabeth Raffald's incredible life story and her achievements are now on sale in two locations in Stockport Town Centre. Both the tourist Information office and the Heritage Centre in St Mary's church on Stockport's historic Marketplace now have them for sale, at the usual price, £5 each.

The Experienced English Housekeeper by Elizabeth Raffald now available in modern type and as a hyperlinked ebook!

I have retyped the 18th century script into modern type and reproduced the original cookbook in modern paperback and ebook format. It is available on Amazon here or direct from me, price £10 plus p+p

Elizabeth Raffald is in Manchester Central library!

Read more about it in my blog

Have you heard of Elizabeth Raffald?


Elizabeth Raffald, 1733-1781, The Experienced English Housekeeper of  Manchester

Elizabeth was an amazing woman who deserves to be remembered by more than just a small plaque on the side of a building.

This small booklet will give a taste of Elizabeth's life and works and is out on Amazon as an ebook or print book here. Her full story will follow later although for more information go to the page about her here.

Also available in print from Lulu or direct from the author. Use the contact form or email direct on

Elizabeth lived at the dawn of the Industrial Age. Her name is unfamiliar to most Mancunians and yet she was a powerhouse of hard work and entrepreneurialism, something for which Manchester has always been renowned. She was a skilled confectionery cook, writer and businesswoman who lived in Manchester from 1763 , when she married at the age of 30, until she died in 1781. In that short time she produced a definitive cookbook and the first trade directory  for Manchester, financed newspapers, wrote a book on midwifery and yet still found time to have a family. More about her here

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My next novel will be a story based on the life of The Experienced English Housekeeper, Elizabeth Raffald, who lived in Manchester in the 18th century. She is such a remarkable character I had to dedicate a whole page of this website to her, (See here). In 18 years in Manchester she achieved such a lot that it is a disgrace her name is mainly forgotten. I hope I can help put that right.

To start the process, I have produced a booklet about her to give some basic information on her tremendous achievements, and a reproduction of her cookbook - the fictionalised biography is still to come...