Tea Replaces Malt Liquor as the Most Popular
Drink in Britain


This image shows the trade card of Mowbray & Son, tea dealers and grocers. Even though tea was brought from the other side of the world and sugar from the West Indies, partly because both commodities were products of forced labour tea became cheaper to drink than beer. By the 19th century, tea in Britain was no longer just a luxury for the aristocracy but an everyday commodity for the rural and urban poor.

Victoria & Albert Museum E.331-1967 (19th century)
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