Clerkenwell , Islington, Pantheon Tea Gardens, Sixpence Admission Ticket
The Pantheon Tea Gardens at Spa Fields were opened in early 1770; tickets dated 1771 and 1772 are known. Covering an area of some four acres, the site was modelled on the more famous Pantheon on Oxford Street. Teas, coffee, wine, and punch were served along with a sixpenny "tester" which was the price of admission.
On the 22nd August 1770 Mr. Craven, the proprietor, stated in an advertisement that he had established "rules for the strictest maintenance of order" at the Pantheon.
Seemingly the correspondent from Chiswick, writing to The St. James's Chronicle in 1772 didn't quite find this to be the case.
"The ladies who constituted by far the greater part of the assembly seemed most of them pupils of the Cyprian goddess and I was sometimes accosted with-"Pray Sir will you treat me to a dish of tea."
William Craven, was declared bankrupt in 1774 and the gardens had closed by 1776.
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