Fortean Times - - Strange Days -

A 374-year-old shop­ping list may be the ear­li­est ref­er­ence to some­one drink­ing tea in Eng­land. Cu­ra­tor Rachel Con­roy from Tem­ple Newsam House, near Leeds, found the 1644 bill for med­i­cal in­gre­di­ents bought by the es­tate, which men­tions bot­tles of “China drink”, the old name for tea, in the West York­shire Archives. Each bot­tle was priced at an ex­or­bi­tant four shillings. D.Tele­graph, 16 Jan 2018.

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