The Tea in England banner was a collaborative effort between myself and London illustrator Emma Block. (Okay, okay, yes, she did the hard part.) Dotted across this illustrated landscape are representations of some of the more important contributions to England’s tea history:
Tea plant, Tregothnan, Cornwall · Home to the first tea grown in England.
Tea Room, Devon · See that cute little sign in the window? There’s nothing like a Cream Tea in Devon, birthplace of the Cream Tea.
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 hashtag.
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 . . . . .
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