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Originally, street pieman would trade their pies on the streets of London, selling freshly made pies from a tray. These pieman would be up early each day to buy freshly caught eels from the fish market. The eels were the only creature that was able to survive in the dirty water of the Thames. They would then go back home to prepare and cook their eel pies. Eels were a staple part of many Londoners diet in those days and the pieman provided a hot, filling meal very cheaply.
Things progressed in the 1950's when pie and mash shops began to appear. They still offered the favourite eel pie with liquor but you could also buy a meat pie with mashed potato and liquor. Eel and pie shops became the pie and mash shops we know today.
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