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One of the oldest mentions of tea in England emerges as 1644 bill for a ‘China drink’ is found in Yorkshire archive A curator made a discovery of a lifetime when she found a 374-year-old bill with one of the earliest mentions of tea in England on it. Rachel Conroy, who curates at the Temple Newsam house in Leeds, found references to ‘bottles of China drink’ on a 1644 bill in the West Yorkshire Archives.

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