Class Barriers

By the end of the 19th century, “afternoon tea had crossed all class barriers,”¹ allowing families from every social class to experience the grandeur of it all. While the aristocrats could afford this new found luxury, “Tea Clubs or Clwb Tꔹ were formed in the villages of Wales to help the women indulge in this tradition. … Continue reading Class Barriers

Mid 1800s

It wasn’t until around 1850 “that five o’clock tea in the drawing room became an institution.”¹ Even though, these afternoon tea affairs varied by country and by circle, it was evident that these tea gatherings became an exclusive event for the aristocratic ladies.¹ What started off as refreshments to calm ones hunger turned into a … Continue reading Mid 1800s

The Legend

As it’s impossible to know the exact date for when the first tea was served for an afternoon affair, the tradition of afternoon tea has been attributed to Anna Maria, 7th Duchess of Bedford.¹ It is said the Duchess experienced a “sinking feeling” during the long hours between the light luncheon and dinner at 8:00 PM.¹ … Continue reading The Legend