Gingerbread 2018-05-02T22:07:12+00:00

History of Ormskirk Gingerbread

Gingerbread became widely popular across the North of England when women started manufacturing the addictive treat in Ormskirk from as early as 1732. Many would bake from their homes and then take to staging inns to sell to the public- in particular train passengers when the railway arrived in the mid 19th century. One particular fan of Ormskirk Gingerbread was Edward VII, who liked it that much that he sent orders to the town!

Mr Thompsons Ormskirk Gingerbread

(As featured in Lancashire Life)

After searching for many years for the lucrative original Ormskirk Gingerbread recipe, we were lucky to receive it from a gentleman specialising in Ormskirk History. After many trials and errors, we perfected it to suit modern tastes- changing the harder consistency to a softer, crumbly texture.


We love quirky flavours at Mr Thompsons Bakery and have a whole range for you to try! From our classic Original to our Chocolate Orange, you will never be short of new tastes. For the brave, we have the Extra Hot gingerbread and for those after something fruity, our Lime or Rhubarb may be the perfect treat. Stay tuned for the Ormskirk Gingerbread festival (in the summer) where we will be revealing a new addition!!!

Our Current range:


Extra Hot



Chocolate Orange




How to find

We stock all our flavours on our Ormskirk Market stall every Thursday and Saturday. Individual flavours are priced at £1.50 each, our Original and Assorted gift boxes at £5 (which includes 4 individually wrapped gingerbreads) and our spectacular Gingerbread Bombs (a real experience!!) at £3.

You can also find Mr Thompsons Gingerbread at: A Great Little Place (Southport), The Village Pantry (Bretherton) and Cedar Farm (Mawdesley).

If you are not in the local area but still want to get your hands on our delicious gingerbread, then please get in touch and we can post some out to you!!