Great work for a great association
In November 2016 a celebration was hosted by the London Tea History Association to unveil a bronze memorial plaque donated by James Finley Limited and produced by Photocast Products, to commemorate a landmark date in the tea trade.
The engraved plaque was unveiled on 22nd November 2016 by Mark Lawson, Commercial Trading Director – Leaf Tea of James Finley Limited.
It now stands at St Katherine’s Docks in London.
A bronze plaque for St Katherine’s Dock
Two landmark years in the British tea industry were celebrated at the unveiling of the bronze memorial plaque.
The work by Photocast was revealed to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the business of tea entering the UK.
As the bronze plaque states, in its heyday the City of London controlled over 85% of the world’s tea trade.
During its 140 years as a working dock, St Katherine’s was at the centre of this trade.
1666 is the year that the British East India Company decided to get into the tea trade.
Since then of course, tea has become almost synonymous with the British way of life, so this bronze memorial plaque commemorates a truly important moment in the history of our nation.
The unveiling event also celebrated 1936 – marking 80 years since the opening of Plantation House.
Attendees at the unveiling of the bronze memorial plaque
In attendance at the event were board members and members of the London Tea History Association, as well as representatives of many other prominent organisations from the tea industry.
These included representatives of Fortnum & Mason, the United Kingdom Tea and Infusions Association, UK Tea Academy, Forum of the Future of Tea and others.
Also in attendance were the trade commissioner of Sri Lanka and the Bunting family, who financed Plantation House.
Bronze memorial plaques from Photocast
From our Liverpool premises, we produce bronze plaques for customers including UNESCO, English Heritage and The National Trust, amongst other heritage groups and local authorities.
We are proud to help the people of Britain immortalise many of the nation’s achievements and were pleased to be asked to produced this bronze memorial plaque commemorating our tea industry.