Tradition, heritage and local family roots have come together as The Jeyes Family, pharmacists since 1635, have recreated today Jeyes’s Northamptonshire Sauce,
originally produced and sold by Philadelphus Jeyes at 6 The Drapery, Northampton.
The Story Behind Jeyes's Northamptonshire Sauce
The Victorian pharmacist was not just a “Chymist and Druggist” but, as an apothecary, would turn his skill and knowledge to inventing household, veterinary, toiletries and culinary recipes using the ingredients available. Philadelphus I was the great, great grandfather and direct ancestor of David Jeyes, both having worked at 6 The Drapery Northampton - Philadelphus in 1818, being apprentice to John Perrin, and David as a pharmacy student in the 1960’s.
Having wondered for years why David Jeyes should have Perrin on his christening certificate Georgina could have presumed the link was to the sauce produced by Lea and Perrins in Worcestershire. However, as the family began to research the possible connection and relationship between the two families, Georgina discovered Philadelphus Jeyes’s original recipe in an ancient book, part of the family artefacts in the Jeyes Heritage Centre in Earls Barton.
After discussing the possible link during an interview with Tom Percival of Radio Northampton, the BBC team and family set about to find the evidence needed to prove the link. With super sleuths, Tom and Andrew Radd up for the challenge, the proof was found in an advertisement for Jeyes’s genuine and superior essence of anchovies - Philadelphus Jeyes produced and sold his very own relish “Jeyes’s Northamptonshire Sauce” circa 1835 and as they say the rest is history!
An exciting development for the Jeyes Family, for Northamptonshire and for Radio Northampton whose enthusiasm has given us such encouragement.
Steve Reid is a well-known local culinary expert in researching and producing chutneys and sweet preserves from old Northamptonshire recipes. He has his own successful brand “Friar’s Farm” and welcomed the challenge to reproduce the perfect Jeyes’s Northamptonshire Sauce. After recipe tweaking, tasting and planning our sauce was complete and ready for take-off.
The official launch took place here at Jeyes on October 2nd 2020, with BBC Radio Northampton, Steve Reid and all our family and friends.
We hope you all enjoy the sauce and it's heritage as much as we do - it really will put the bang in your bangers and we look forward to hearing your feedback of Jeyes's!
The Jeyes Family xx