The weather has been so up and down of late that when last Thursday the sun shone and the sky was blue, Emma and I took ourselves out with Leo in tow to the small town of Tiptree, a half hour's drive away, which gives it name to the products exported around the world, by the famous Wilkin & Sons Ltd, purveyors of jam, marmalade and lemon curd, to name but a few of their wonderful products.
We found the factory on the outskirts of town and entered the grounds of the Visitor Centre through huge black wrought iron gates which led us to the Tiptree Tea Rooms and Jam Museum next door to the famous factory.
Although the Wilkin family had farmed the Essex lands for centuries it was during the mid Victorian times that they began growing fruit. In 1885 Arthur Wilkin (above with his wife) joined forces with two friends and started the Britannia Fruit Preserving Company. In 1905 the company was renamed Wilkin & Sons due to the fact that there were many companies trading under the name Britannia.
The museum had many artefacts from days gone by and gave the visitor an insight into the history of jam-making. Sorry but some of these photos are a bit blurred as only had my phone with me.
The family has held a Royal warrant continuously since 1911, first awarded by King George V. HRH The Queen awarded a Royal warrant of appointment in 1954 shortly after her Coronation.
Afternoon tea was perfect - a pot of Earl Grey, home made scones and of course a choice of preserve. Leo was able to pick himself a huge cupcake and bottle of fizzy drink which helped stave off the boredom that he was now showing signs of!!
The shop was very, very tempting but I managed to avoid most things except this - when in Rome and all that!
Have a great weekend and see you soon