The pasty has a complex history dating back to the 13th century. The pasty, a pastry casing filled with meat and vegetables, started as a delicacy for the lords and ladies of Britain. Even King Henry VIII was reported to have eaten his fair share of pasties. Later on in the 17th and 18th centuries, the pasty took off with the working class in Britain, particularly the tin miners of Cornwall, because it was filling and easy to carry and eat. Since then, with many claims to who ‘invented’ the pasty, it has become a popular meal in the UK.