Teapot Island

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Teapot Island
Teapot Island Wishing Well - geograph.org.uk - 1200360.jpg
A wishing well in the cafe garden of Teapot Island.
Established2003
LocationYalding, Kent
Coordinates51°13′18″N 0°25′05″E / 51.2217°N 0.4181°E / 51.2217; 0.4181Coordinates: 51°13′18″N 0°25′05″E / 51.2217°N 0.4181°E / 51.2217; 0.4181
Collection size6,000 Teapots
WebsiteOfficial Website

Teapot Island is a teapot museum in Kent, England. The museum grew from the personal teapot collection of owner Sue Blazye, which started when her grandmother gave her a teapot in 1983, encouraging other family members and friends to do the same.[1] The growth of her collection eventually led to her needing a larger space to house it, and she established Teapot Island in Yalding, in November 2002.[1] The building used for the collection used to be a cafe called the Riverside Diner, which had been in operation since the 1950s.[2][3] The collection has been valued at £15,000.[4]

Teapot Island was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004, for being the largest collection of teapots.[1] The museum lost this title in 2011, when it was awarded to a man in China with a collection of 30,000.[5] In 2011, the museum was featured in the book Crap Days Out, in which the authors stated: "It's awful if you don't like teapots. But it's probably all right if you do."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mourby, Adrian (9 July 2006). "The Weird and the Wonderful - The Compact Traveller". The Independent on Sunday.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ros (26 August 2006). "We Live With 5,000 Teapots: Keith and Sue Blazye". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Fancy something a bit more quirky?". Kent and Sussex Courier. 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Woman with collection of 6,000 teapots". The Daily Telegraph. 15 October 2009.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Emma (19 November 2011). "Emma's Eccentric Britain: Teapot Island, Kent". The Guardian.

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