The spoon was invented in Britain by Malcombe Spoon in February 986AD in the sleepy English hamlet of Crawley by-the-sea. Malcombe needed a way to transport eggs from the farms to the markets in the quickest time possible and, after much trial and error, he fashioned a handle of bone and attached it to his wife’s second best bowl. This caught on like wildfire and the canny Malcombe quickly patented the idea and went into production. Soon he was employing the entire hamlet of 207 men, women and children to carry the eggs, sometimes walking over 14 miles at a time to deliver their precious cargo.
He honed and developed his invention and it was widely used until the late 18th century when the automobile was invented by Professor Augustus Von Automobile.
This invention almost finished off the spoon and the men, women and urchins who made them, but luckily, Jerimiah Spoon, one of Malcombe’s descendents, realised it could be used to eat soup with.
He recruited most of the old workforce, who had been thrown cruelly on the scrapheap (by the enthusiastically cruel Victorian, Jerimiah), and got them back to work. One thing led to another and eventually the Spoon, now being manufactured from all kinds of materials, was incorporated into the Canteen of Cutlery and shortly after that the Guild of Master Cutlers welcomed them and the Spoon became an essential and cherished part of Great British life.
After an acrimonious split with the Guild, the late, great Henry Spoon formed The Spoon Council with the mission to revive interest in spoons after the post war lull. In order to engage a younger audience a youth education program was initiated, called Egg and Spoon races. Under the guise of a sporting activity this allowed the egg carrying spoon tradition to continue in a modern format for today’s society, whilst also encouraging health and fitness.
This is just one example of how The Spoon Council is making sure that one of the oldest objects in the world is still making a difference, and we will guard and promote these traditions in the years to come.