Chipping Local History Society

Jacob’s Join, why is it called Jacob’s Join  or Jacobs Join?  

Jacob’s join is often described as “the eating equivalent of a bottle party” in which each participant brings along as much food as he or she is likely to want to eat,but puts it into a common stock for the communal meal.

 

This was once common practice in rural and poor communities and the term appears to be well known in Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire.

 

But, where did this term originate from???????????????????

 

                               (some help from A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English by Eric Partridge)

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Every year at our AGM    we enlighten proceedings with a Jacobs Join