The story behind the Tea in England banner

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One of the things I especially love about my blog is my banner. I’m not really sure how many people click on that little ‘About’ tab at the top of the page and take the time to read the About Me, About This Blog, and About My Banner pages, so I thought I’d be a bit cheeky and splash them out to you over the next few days.

The Tea in England banner was a collaborative effort between myself and London illustrator Emma Block. (Okay, okay, yes, she did the hard part.) I knew what I wanted in the banner, and the very talented Emma made it happen.

Dotted across the illustrated landscape of the Tea in England banner are representations of what I believe to be the more important contributions to England’s tea history:



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Tregothnan, Cornwall – Tea Plant · Home to the first tea grown in England.

Devon Tearoom  · See that cute little sign in the window? There’s nothing like a Cream Tea in Devon, birthplace of the Cream Tea.

Stoke-on-Trent – Teacup · Teacups, teapots, teawares – and more. England’s ceramics industry base for over 300 years.

Woburn Abbey · Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, lived here and in 1840 she ‘invented’ the ritual of Afternoon Tea.

Village Féte · I love fete’s, fairs, and county shows. Look for me in the tea tent.

Big Ben · Represents London, a city I love and one with a rich tea history. Appropriately, it’s three o’clock – teatime!

Locket engraved with Rex CII & Regina C · In 1662, Charles II’s new bride arrived in Portsmouth from Portugal. Her name was Catherine of Braganza and she brought with her an impressive dowry: money (lots of it); a city (little place called Bombay); and tea. Catherine had tea trending in England long before the Twitter hash tag.

Teapot Balloon · In the 17th and 18th centuries, hot air balloon rides were given at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London’s famous tea gardens. So that’s me up there, teacup in hand, travelling across England visiting fantastic places and tea-centred spaces.

Cutty Sark · The great tea clipper. Newly refurbished and now a living history museum in Greenwich, just east of London. If tea clippers could talk . . . . .

I hope this post has been an enjoyable insight into the people, places, and things that I consider to be important factors in the story and history of Tea in England.


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  1. DeniseinVA says:

    Your blog is lovely and so is your banner. I’ve enjoyed reading your post today. Have a great week!

  2. It’s just lovely & I really enjoyed reading what everything means to you!

  3. Very interesting way of presenting information about tea. I have researched tea in England too and had not realized that Catherine of Braganza brought Bombay to us via her dowry. I love tea.

  4. I loved your banner from the first time I found your blog.Now that I know what each symbol represents I like it all the more.You live in a great country and although I love my own country, I have to admit that I am a bit jealous of you-just a bit!

  5. Denise, I found this post quite interesting! Great banner – so glad you were able to incorporate this which shows things that are meaningful to you.

  6. Now I would love to be visiting each and everyone of these sights. I do love your banner.

  7. Lovely! The teapot balloon is my favourite part…
    I think I’ll adopt the phrase, “It’s 3 o’clock somewhere” !

  8. Lady Caroline says:


    So interesting to read the story of your banner, and all so very relevant. I do enjoy reading your blog

  9. I love your banner, too!

  10. Hi Denise, I am new to your space and the moment I landed on your page, your banner charmed me. I know you already you it, but may I say that your blog banner is lovely and so is your blog.
    From another tea lover, Suchi

  11. Wonderful banner and lovely your story 🙂

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