I take the reader on a journey from 1515 to the present day, discovering the history of the R J Balson & Son family in the butchery trade in Bridport, Dorset. My personal memories of living and working in West Allington and the relationship with my father. Some special customers and characters are mentioned as they are part of our story, which I hope will make interesting reading and give an insight into our butchery craft. Reaching our Quincentennial anniversary is a remarkable achievement. The first time any British family firm has reached this milestone. I hope this book is a suitable souvenir to mark this momentous occasion.