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Teetotal teapot

Dicky Turner invented the word teetotal in 1834. He shouted ‘Nothing but tee-total will do!’ at one of the weekly temperance meetings in Preston – repeating the 't' for emphasis.

This teapot is one of the earliest examples of the word. It quickly became popular in Britain and America to describe total abstinence from alcohol. This picture shows a teetotal teapot from 1834-40.

It's a fact!

History was made in Preston on 1 September 1832 when Joseph Livesey led six others in signing a pledge of total abstinence from alcohol. Preston became the birthplace of teetotalism with Livesey as its figurehead.

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