“Of all the customs, that which appears to me the most absurd, is the one that condemns the Colleger to live on mutton, during the whole of the seven or eight years which he passes in those venerable halls” – Eton College Magazine, by Sir John Wikens, June – November 1832
Respite was sought and found in the tuck shop:
Over at Westminster School, London, the tuck shop treats were even better:
“Come along down to Sally Harrowell’s; that’s our School-house tuck shop – she bakes such stunning murphies” – Tom Brown’s Schooldays 1857 (Rugby School).
The Tuck Shop was a mainstay of school life:
In the above pictures the Westminster sweet seller is called Miss Roud, Miss Houd and Mrs Rouse. Are they all correct? Surely not.