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Peter Smith - Impossimals

Melton Mowbray, 1878

Limited Edition Canvas on Board of 95
Image Size 22" x 22"
Framed £550.00

Deep in Leicestershire, hunters gathering at their latest meet near Melton Mowbray in 1878 noticed a hole containing a pink ball of wool. Underneath this they found several jars of a bitter hot sauce, several portions of cheese, tomatoes and a curious mixture that looked like mud but actually tasted sweet and sharp all at the same time. Muddy footprints around the hole showed a pig like creature had been there some time before.

Charles arrived in Melton Mowbray in July of the same year and immediately asked to be shown the discovery. It was here that he discovered the Knitted Growler - a six foot high pink knitted pig complete with a corkscrew shaped tail and black and white furry ears. Charles was amazed at how it used its curly-whirly tail to twist onions out of the earth, then used a dainty trotter to place cheese on top of the onion, add a dollop of brown sweet sharp stuff and finally finish off the pickled tower with a slice of cucumber.

In order to shield the Knitted Growler from sightseers and even captivity Charles shared the location with one of the town’s most respected residents John Dickenson, owner of the towns Pie Business and creator of the Melton Pie. John built up quite a rapport with the Knitted Growler.

It has been said that the Growler came up with a special mix of flavours that was so good John used it in his pies, pies that eventually came so popular that they took the name of the town in which they were created and even survive to this day; the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.


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