The first cup of tea in England?
By MORDEN, Robert and Philip LEA , 1700

London, Westminster and Southwark.

British Isles London
  • Author: MORDEN, Robert and Philip LEA
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: By Robt. Morden at the Atlas in Cornhill & By Phil. Lea at the Atlas & Hercules in Cheapside
  • Publication date: c1700
  • Physical description: Engraved map on two sheets, joined, original outline hand-colour, list of wards, parishes, hospitals, company halls, inns of court, and streets in Westminster.
  • Dimensions: 640 by 1290mm (25.25 by 50.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1449


The plan depicts Arlington House, on the site of what is now Buckingham Palace. Arlington House was the residence of Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, one of the “Cabal” Ministry, under Charles II. In 1665, the Earl imported from Holland the first pound of tea, at the cost of sixty shillings, therefore making Arlington House, in all probability, the first place in England where a cup of tea was brewed. Arlington House was demolished in 1703 and its site purchased by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham. Many other grand residences and important buildings are depicted in bird’s-eye view, including Burlington House, Berkeley House, Southampton House, London Bridge replete with houses, the Tower of London, and St Paul’s.

Also shown is St. James’s Park, originally a low and swampy meadow, belonging to the Hospital for Lepers, which was drained and enclosed, and converted by Henry VIII into a ‘nursery for deer’, charmingly depicted on the present plan.

Scale: approx. 11 inches to 1 staute mile.


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