In Salop, &c: die omnium Animarum (All-Soules-Day Novem. 2d) there is sett on the Board a high heap of Soule-Cakes, lyeing one upon another like the picture of the Sew-Bread in the old Bibles. They are about the bignesse of 2d cakes, and every visitant that day takes one; and there is an old Rhythm or saying,
A Soule-cake, a Soule-cake,
Have mercy on all Christen soules for a Soule-cake.
This custome is continued to this time.
John Aubrey (1626–1697)
from Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme (begun 1688)