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Taking Tea with Mackintosh: The Story of Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate; 1ST edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764906925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764906923
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I honestly don't even recall buying this book. I was digging around in a box this weekend, and came across it. I decided to settle in next to an open window, blowing a breeze into my home. I discovered a most interesting history in this book. It is a historical reference of particular people, who about 138 years ago affected my life today. Stuart Cranston opened the first tea room at 2 Queen Street, Glasgow. "He had established himself in the tea trade, in which Glasgow was a serious competitor to London at this period. With an instinct for selling to the public, he began his own retail business in 1871. Always keen to educate the palates of his customers (he was a passionate China tea man himself), he kept a kettle by him to offer samples of his blends. In 1875 he hit upon the simple idea of charging for this tasting. He provided tables for 16 customers `elbow to elbow' at his shop and advertised a cup of China tea `with sugar and cream, for 2d [tuppence] - bread and cakes extra. Thus the tea room was born."
His younger sister, Kate Cranston took off with this idea and opened several of her own unique tea rooms. She was an eccentric, full-of-life, lady who did not conform. She hired young designers and architects she felt had potential. This book goes into great detail about them, their style, and impact on the Glasgow community. One in particular was Charles Rennie Mackintosh. She was his primary patron for the majority of his career and while customers found his work odd, they also found it exhilarating and fascinating. One thing that was so interesting was the design that accommodated different guests. There were billiard rooms, luncheon rooms, smoking rooms, ladies rooms and the design and décor accommodated each room individually.
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By lee holin on March 19, 2013
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Lovely experience, what more could I ask for? And what more could I possibly say beside all the words are done!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia C. Shearer on April 3, 2008
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Book arrived promptly in very good condition. Interesting, informative discussion of the relationship between Cranston and Mackintosh. Not interested in pastry receipes included.
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