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An aquatic tea party

The first shipments of tea arrived in Britain from India 175 years ago today. You’ll find numerous adverts and articles about tea in The British Newspaper Archive, including this charming illustration of an aquatic tea party in 1881: View the whole newspaper page The Graphic – Saturday 22 October 1881 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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Sir Thomas Lipton, tea tycoon – died on 2 October 1931

‘Errand boy who became a millionaire’   Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, the Glasgow-born self-made man who worked himself up from errand boy to become a millionaire, died in London on 2 October 1931 – he was 81.   Below is a newspaper report (published the day after his death) that offers an overview of Lipton’s amazing life and achievements.     This image of Sir Lipton, shows him in the uniform of the City Lieutenancy.   Discover more about Sir Lipton

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