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 HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA 

THE EARL OF SANDWICH

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a sandwich as “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.” Seems like a simple enough concept. So, who came up with this innovative way of serving food? While I’m sure the 4th Earl of Sandwich would like all the credit, the true history of the sandwich goes back much further.

Most of us have heard of the fourth Earl of Sandwich, otherwise known as John Montagu (a British statesman who succeeded his grandfather Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich as the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1729, at the age of ten). In the late 1700’s, French writer Pierre-Jean Grosley recounted his observations of English life in a book called Londres (translated to English under the name A Tour to London). In the book, a few lines were written that forever tied this food invention to the Earl of Sandwich:

A minister of state passed four and twenty hours at a public gaming-table, so absorbed in play, that, during the whole time, he had no subsistence but a piece of beef, between two slices of toasted bread, which he ate without ever quitting the game. This new dish grew highly in vogue, during my residence in London; it was called by the name of the minister who invented it.

While it is not clear if this anecdote is completely true, the book gained popularity and the story took hold. Soon the name was official — other people, according to this account, began to order “the same as Sandwich!”, and thus the “sandwich” was born.

AFTERNOON TEA

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840.  The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  The evening meal in most upper class households at that time was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between luncheon and dinner.  The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon.  This was thought to be an excellent idea, and the habit caught on, thus afternoon tea was born.

 

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TEA AND TANGO

present an

TRADITIONAL ARGENTINE TANGO MUSIC 

TEA DANCE MILONGA

on

SUNDAY 10th November 2019

it’s our REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL

DJ BOB FINCH from Gresford Tango

 CROFT MEMORIAL HALL

2pm to 6pm

Admission £12 per person including buffet

LOVELY WOODEN FLOOR AND FREE CAR PARKING

CROFT  MEMORIAL HALL, Mustard Lane, Croft, Warrington WA3 7BQ – 2 minute drive off the A580 East Lancs Road and 5 minutes from the M62 and M6 intersections with easy access from Liverpool,  Manchester and beyond.

Adults only please.  Our average age group is 40-80 and our dancers can wear stilleto-heeled shoes whilst dancing to milonga tracks which is very energetic – we therefore respectfully request that parent/grandparents DO NOT bring along children/teenagers under the age of 18 years old.  Our Public Liability Insurance documents specifically state that our clientele MUST be aged 18 years or older.  We are not covered for injuries to or caused by under 18s.

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