eashop Tariff (1940)
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40 Year Medal (1894-1934)

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D -Ludgate Circus Teashop





One of the very few photos taken of the inside of a teashop in the early 1920s.

This is a picture of the inside of the temporary teashop in Broadgate, Coventry, after it was destroyed by bombs on 30 November 1940. It was built from scaffolding and corrugated steel sheets. The poster on the bread counter shows an airman in his flying jacket with the caption 'careless talk may cost his life'. The Nippy seen on the R.H. side of the picture will be clearing tables.

This image is of the inside of the London Wall (D5) teashop after its conversion to a Jolyon in 1973.

Photos of post WWII teashop counters are unfortunately extremely rare. This one from a Feb 1951 Lyons Mail, has many points of interest and is still being studied. In this example the customer would approach at the far end and move along the tray rail up to the coffee urn. The first counter the customer meets is for cold items, known as the 'model' counter. This is followed by the Bain Marie for hot items. Then comes the tea counter, with it's six pot turntable which can be clearly seen to the left of the coffee urn - the shiny box below the R.H. ceiling light. The cash desk is just out of the picture on the right. Note the tariff board just above eye level. Often a soda fountain would be fitted between the 'model' counter and the Bain Marie for the dispensing of ice-cream and sundaes.

A picture of the service counter at K9 - Holborn teashop, dated October 1952

The top photo above showing the interior of 321 Oxford Streets is dated in the early 1920s. This is known because of the style of their dresses along with the style of the menu on the left hand table.  One other important point is that all the teashop tables, throughout the country, were laid up in precisely the same way. The iron framed tables with marble tops were later replaced because cleaners found them too heavy to move for cleaning purposes.

The two waitresses in the photograph are not Nippys but Gladys'. Nippys did not come about until 1925. Prior to this they were known as Gladys'. Nippy dresses were very different. (See the page on Nippys) The condiments and menu were placed in a particular way on the tables. Thus if girls were moved from one teashop to another they would know precisely how to go about their duties. This particular teashop appears to have had a very modest retail counter associated with it. The retail counters were known in Lyons as Front Shops. The girls who served here were dressed differently and were known as Sally's. 'Sally the sales girl who sold in the shop'.

© Peter Bird 2003

We acknowledge with grateful thanks permission to show the above three images of the interior of Lyons Teashops from The Design Archives at the University of Brighton Faculty of Art and Architecture and J.Lyons & Co. Ltd' (who gave the photographs to the Council of Industrial design in 1951)

The upper floor of Southampton Row teashop.

Interior shot of X9 Marble Arch teashop. The walls are clad in yellow Vitrolite glass panels.

Below is a diagram of a post WWII Teashop Service Counter