Arthur Brooke (entrepreneur)

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Arthur Brooke (30 October 1845 – 13 April 1918) was the founder of the Brooke Bond Tea Company.[1] Brooke was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire and opened his first tea shop at 29 Market Street, Manchester in 1869.[2] By the age of 30 he was making over £5,000 per year, with shops in the large cities and a warehouse in London from where he supplied other tea dealers. The business grew and in 1892 it became a limited company.


  1. ^ Arthur Brooke, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  2. ^ Dictionary of trade name origins–Google book search