It was the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza that made tea in Britain popular. It was her love of the drink that established tea as a fashionable beverage first at court, and then among the wealthy classes as a whole. Capitalising on this, the East India Company began to import tea into Britain, its first order being placed in 1664 for 100lbs of China tea to be shipped from Java.
Maplewood tea caddy.
Straw collection bequeathed to The National Trust on the death in 1990 of William Straw.