Buxton Crescent on the Net Online Talk – The History of Afternoon Tea with Meryl White

Buxton Crescent on the Net Online Talk - The History of Afternoon Tea

With Meryl White

Buxton Crescent on the Net Online Talk - The History of Afternoon Tea with Meryl White

Whilst legend has it that tea drinking goes back to ancient China, it was much later in the 16th century that Portuguese merchants brought it west. It became popular in England during the 1660s, when the Portuguese Infanta, Catherine de Braganza brought a chest of tea as a dowry for her marriage to Charles II. The credit for introducing the ceremony of afternoon tea, however, belongs to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, in the 19th century. The habit of serving dinner at 8.00 p.m. left her with a 'sinking feeling' by late afternoon. To stave off hunger pangs, she ordered tea, sandwiches and cakes. Since she frequently entertained, her friends joined in and the tradition was established. Around this time, Mrs Beeton wrote her training manual of household management, so afternoon tea acquired many airs and graces; tea was sipped and thin bread and butter sandwiches, exquisite cakes and scones were eaten from the finest bone china, elegantly presented on freshly starched white table cloths. Today, afternoon tea parties are all about savouring the experience. Enjoy the talk as Meryl explores the origins and the characters involved in this quintessential British ritual and what makes the perfect Afternoon tea.

About Meryl…

Meryl White is a cookery writer and presenter, sharing her passion for traditional baking in talks, museum and charity events for numerous groups and societies.

It was Meryl’s enthusiasm for home baking which prompted her to write ‘Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking’, a legacy of her Grandma’s collection of recipes from Edwardian times onwards.

She has a keen interest in food history from the Georgian period onwards and writes regularly on her popular Blog www.grandmaabson.com and for other organisations, including Yorkshire Bylines.

Since March 2020, Meryl has been delivering most of her talks on virtual platforms and is delighted to be reaching an even wider audience. You can also find Grandma Abson on social media:

Facebook: Facebook.com/grandmaabson

Twitter:  @grandmaabson


This is an online talk. You will be emailed a link to the online presentation space and instructions for joining the talk in advance of the event. We politely ask that you refrain from sharing the link with other non-ticket holders unless by prior arrangement. For more details please email hello@buxtoncrescenttrust.org Call: 01298 214577


You can book tickets for this event online (via the link above) Details of how to log on to the event will be sent to ticket holders on the week of the event. If you would like to book a free group ticket for a High Peak residential or nursing home (and you haven't heard from us yet) please email us at hello@buxtoncrescenttrust.org.


Wednesday 2nd March 2022 Log on from 6.45pm Welcome at 7pm Talk at 7.05pm The talk will last around 45 minutes, and there will be time for questions and discussion at the end. We aim to finish by 8pm.


£5 full price adult tickets £3 concessions - 65+ / Full time student / / in receipt of benefits £2 for friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust


We will do our best to make the presentation accessible by sharing illustrated examples and using subtitles during presentations (where possible). We recommend viewing the talk on a desktop computer or large screen for best results.

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