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Tea being delivered from Hay's Wharf bonded warehouse.

Tea being delivered from Hay's Wharf bonded warehouse.
Tea being delivered from Hay's Wharf bonded warehouse.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3853
Description: Hay's Wharf was founded in 1651 by Alexander Hay. Based around a tidal creek, it was the oldest and the most successful of all London's general wharves. It took over almost every other wharf on the south bank between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. It became known as the 'larder of London' because of its enormous trade in foodstuffs, mainly dairy and meat products and tea and coffee. Up to three-quarters of all London's imported food passed through the group's wharves.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1910
Credit line: Southwark Library Collection
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