Cookery videos on YouTube are as numerous as poppies in the Prince of Wales’s wildflower meadows. But the site’s latest star isn’t a lissom vegan or a genial hipster with a muscular way with bone marrow, but a stoutly corseted party in a print frock.
In the late 19th century, Avis Crocombe was the cook at Audley End house, a Jacobean mansion in Essex now run by English Heritage.
After a descendant donated her manuscript recipe book, a series of short videos was made, showing a volunteer costumed as Mrs Crocombe preparing recipes, and an unlikely online star was born.
The videos attract around 2.5 million views per month, with viewers from as far afield as the US, the Philippines and India. Mrs…