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Offline OilyRag

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Re: James Pimm
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2024, 10:55:36 AM »
Pimms Place is  large house a few hundred yards up from the church in Bush Road - it is on the right hand side going away from the church with white railings

Offline CAT

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James Pimm
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2024, 02:03:37 PM »
Whilst watching the tennis, with one eye open and the other one closing, I got into a conversation about the invention of the drink 'Pimms'. Seems it has a very Kentish attachment more than I thought, and with an original function that would almost make sense as I dislike oysters, but none the less good old Wikipedia appears to have provided an answer.

James Pimm (1798–1866) was a British food proprietor who created the gin-based liqueur known as Pimm's.

Pimm was born and raised in Newnham, Kent the son of James Norris Pimm, a tenant farmer, and his wife Susannah. He was classically educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he focused his studies on theology. In his early 20s, he moved to London where he established himself as a shellfish monger, the first step on a career in catering. The royal family were frequent patrons. In the same year, Pimm married Mary Southernden Mallery at St Mary Woolnoth, London. Within ten years, he was running a chain of five restaurants patronised by members of the British gentry and hoi polloi alike. Pimm and his wife Mary had at least 11 children, though few reached adulthood.

Pimm devised the cocktail to accompany the shellfish; the recipe was a closely guarded secret then, and remains so to this day. The owners now are Diageo PLC.

Pimm died on 16 August 1866 at the family home in East Peckham, Kent, although he was still known to be residing in addresses in The City of London around the time of his death. He is buried at Holy Trinity Church, East Peckham, Kent, England.