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The first known reference to tea by an Englishman are the words of Richard Wickham, an English merchant abroad, dating from 1615: “Bring me a potof the best sort of chaw.” The creation of afternoon tea as a ritual is traditionally credited to Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford at around 1840. She introduced the meal to ward off hunger between lunch and dinner. Throughout the history, tea has played an important role in the British society, evolving from a luxury good to a symbol of the essence of Englishness.