The mundane from yesteryear is so much more interesting than the prosaic of today. You’d walk past a sign advertising tea now (unless there was a free monkey involved) but here, in Banbury, once building work reveals it, it (and a partner) have a charm that makes you stop and give pause. Even though the shop they are now attached to does not actually sell tea. Rather like how in a previous home town the Costa coffee has above its door, “The Crown” as if the hostelry continues in spite of the absence of booze.
Anyway, thanks to a splendid rambling page in the Banbury Guardian (preserved on the information superhighway) we can see that the tea selling dates from the mid nineteenth century. And if you want to know what else has been going on in the intervening century or so click here.