Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for tea.

George II Coronation Bell

Between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, we have certainly seen our fair share of pomp and circumstance this summer, and I for one couldn’t be happier. I love pomp and circumstance. And of course, tea.

Which is why I found the story about this George II bell so interesting.

When George II was crowned in 1727, there was plenty of pomp and circumstance surrounding the occasion. And not only surrounding, but hovering above it as well. During the coronation procession, the king was seated beneath a canopy – a canopy decorated with little silver bells.  A certain Sir George Oxenden, MP for Sandwich, eventually ended up owning one of the little historic bells. You can see it in the picture above.

We all know that little bells really aren’t much use without a handle, so at some point around 1740, Sir George had one attached.   Coincidentally (or not), tea was becoming extremely popular in England at this time , especially drinking tea at breakfast. We can only surmise that our MP was a tea drinker (can you be from a place called Sandwich and not drink tea?) and used his newly handled bell to ring his servants every time he fancied a cuppa.

At which point they would have muttered the words of this post title.


Image used with permission by Dr. Lucy Worsley.

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  1. Wow! I am so impressed with your new website. It’s really lovely. I had no idea you were from the Chicago area. Don’t tell anyone, it was my last known address in the US! : ) Nice to Dr. W’s influence. You know how much I love her work. I can’t wait to read more…..

    Debs x

    • Thanks, Debs. It’s been quite a learning curve here, but I did it. 🙂 Did you like Chicago?

      • My dad was the Superintendent of the Commuter Division of Metra in Chicago. I HAD to like it! ; ). There were lots of lovely places to eat and shop, but I much prefer living in the UK! I still return to visit my brother and his family, but I can’t wait to get home to Blighty!

        • I prefer living in the UK as well. I went to school in the Chicago ‘burbs, in Geneva. My girlfriends and I used to skip school and take the train into Chicago. I love that city. <3

          • I lived in Geneva, IL for 2 1/2 years! Small world! Loved it there! It’s all so busy and built up now!

            • Karen, are you kidding me? Wow. I was in school there from about 1965-1972.

              • I missed you then. We lived there from the beginning of 2001 to November, 2003! Just off Randall Road! There’s a lovely mall there now within walking distance. Small world!

  2. Hello Denise,
    I found your post so interesting! I am a tea enthusiast too and will be visiting you often. I want to ‘Follow’ your blog but I do not see a button to click on. Anyway, nice to ‘meet’ you and have a lovely day.


    • Hi Sandi, Lovely to meet you and thank you for your comment! You can subscribe to my blog via email at the top of my page in the righthand sidebar. At the bottom of my page, you can LIKE my Facebook Fan page, as well. Looking forward to getting to know you. The more tea enthusiasts, the merrier!

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