Once upon a time many years ago, even before Treacle Training was born, there was
a hill with a storage shed at the top.
This storage shed was for storing barrels of Treacle, such were the ways in the early
18th century. One day a cart load of Treacle barrels were being transported from
the local harbour to the top of the hill and as the last barrel rolled off the back
of the horse drawn wagon it escaped down the hill, gathering momentum until it finally
crashed spewing Treacle everywhere – hence Treacle Hill.
The shed was reformed into a cottage – hence Treacle Cottage.
A little later, Robert and Liz transformed Treacle Cottage into a Training Centre
– hence the birth of Treacle Training.
In Devon, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, UK, the remains of mines are known locally
as "Treacle Mines" since they show a glistening black residue that looks like treacle.
In fact, the mines - always on granite - produced a mineral known as Micaceous hematite
which was used as pounce to dust early ink to prevent smearing. It was later used
in rust-preventing paints and was the last mineral commercially mined on Dartmoor.
This definition seems local to a geographical area.
Historically, the Middle English term triacle was used by herbalists and apothecaries
to describe a medicine (also called theriac or theriaca) — composed of many ingredients
— that was used as anantidote treatment for poisons, snakebites or various ailments.
Triacle comes from the Old French triacle, in turn from Vulgar Latin triacula which
comes from Latin theriaca the Latinisation of the Greek èçñéáêÞ (thçriakç), the feminine
of èçñéáêüò (thçriakos), "concerning venomous beasts", which comes from èçñßïí (thçrion),
"wild animal, beast".
Treacle is made from syrups that remain after sugar is removed in its refining process.
Raw sugars are first treated in a process called affination so that, when dissolved
thereafter, the resulting liquor contains the minimum of dissolved non-sugars to
be removed by treatment with activated or bone char. The dark-coloured washingsare
treated separately, without carbon or bone char. They are boiled to grain (i.e. until
sugar crystals precipitate out) in a vacuum pan, forming a low-grade massecuite (boiled
mass) which is centrifuged, yielding a brown sugar and a fluid by-product—treacle.
In chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland the Dormouse tells a story of
Elsie, Lacie and Tillie living at the bottom of a well, which confuses Alice, who
interrupts to ask. "The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and
then said, 'It was a treacle-well.'" When Alice remonstrated, she was stopped by
the Mad Hatter's analogy: "You can draw water out of a water-well, so I should think
you could draw treacle out of a treacle-well." Alice said very humbly, "I won't interrupt
you again. I dare say there may be one."
In Series 3 episode 6 of Jeeves and Wooster, Bertie Wooster, while trying to make
off with an unsightly painting, attempts to use treacle and brown paper to muffle
the sound of broken glass. He is foiled, however, by the treacle's stickiness.
Harry potter often eats treacle tart and treacle tart is also mentioned in Agatha
Christie's murder mystery novel, 4.50 From Paddington as young Alexander Eastley's
In the film Around the World n 80 Days Phileas Fogg tells the steward on the RMS
Mongolia from Suez to India that his Thursday mid-day meal "has always been, and
will always be, hot soup, fried sole, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, baked potato,
suet pudding and treacle".