Drinking tea and coffee

A photograph of a cream pot shaped like a cow.

Tea was a novel and expensive luxury in 1700, but by 1800 everyone drank it. It was imported from China together with porcelain for drinking it in. British potters copied Chinese porcelain and began to make porcelain in England. It was a challenge for potters to make teapots that would stand boiling water without cracking.

In Liverpool three porcelain factories started production in about 1756. Two of them where situated in William Brown Street, where Walker Art Gallery now stands (Gilbody's and Chaffers', which became Christian's and then Seth Pennington's). Coffee became popular at the same time as tea, but never equalled it.