Arthur Brooke blue plaque in Ashton-under-Lyne

Arthur Brooke 1845-1918 Tea retailer and wholesaler. Founded Brooke, Bond & Co. Born here in George Street. Plaque donated by Brooke Bond Tea March 1996

Arthur Brooke (30 October 1845 – 13 April 1918) was the founder of the Brooke Bond Tea Company. Brooke was born in Lancashire (now Ashton-under-Lyne) and opened his first tea shop at 29 Market Street, Manchester in 1869. By the age of 30 he was making over £5000 per year, with shops in the large cities and a warehouse in London from where he supplied other tea dealers. The business grew and in 1892 it became a limited company.

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