Born to a wealthy Kent family in 1100, Elisabeth and Mary Chulkhurst are the earliest recorded conjoined twins. Joined at the hip and possibly also the shoulder, they lived for thirty-four years. When Mary fell ill and died, Elisa was asked if she wanted to be separated from her twin, but said ‘as we came together we will also go together’ before dying six hours later. The sisters left valuable parcels of land in Biddenden to its church in perpetuity, the rent from which provides alms for the deserving poor today. For centuries commemorative cakes have been made to memorialise the legacy of the Biddenden Maids and are distributed in the village every Easter.

(2010) inedible moulded dough: 25 pieces, each 60 x 120 x 10 mm

biddenden big & small LEFT ARROW