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|Where did fish and chips originate?
No one really knows. We do know that fish and chips developed separately. The French are believed to have invented chips or “chipped pommes de terre a la mode” some time in the 19th century.
Meanwhile, the first reference to the fried fish cuts is found in 1839. Charles Dickens referred to a “fried fish warehouse” in his novel, Oliver Twist.
The fish and chip trade grew from small businesses which sold fish and chips separately in the streets and alleys of London and some of Britain’s industrial towns in the 1850s.
The public soon realized that fish and potatoes were a rather tasty combination.
Over the course of the next 100 years, fish and chips became a national institution, providing a vital source of nutrition for families and helping to fuel the workforce of the industrial revolution.