This yummy hamper includes a red S&DR mug, a hessian bag of 40 Mad Hatter tea bags and a goodly slab (1 lb or 0.45kg) of Mrs Hackworth’s Finest Fruitcake. They come packaged in a handy reusable hessian bag with our S&DR logo on the front – useful for packed lunches.
The mug: a good and chunky mug especially designed for the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The mug features a large S&DR with the Stockton & Darlington Railway written along the length of the ‘R’. Available in red and soon available in dark blue. The mug holds about 430ml or about ½ a pint. The tea: The hessian sack contains 40 bags of Mad Hatter Wonderland Tea blended in Richmond in North Yorkshire and a perfect balance of colour and flavour bound to relieve the thirst of locomotive drivers (and others!). The cake: Mrs Hackworth’s Finest Fruitcake celebrates Jane Hackworth nee Golightly, Timothy Hackworth’s wife. She was a stalwart support to Timothy who was the Stockton & Darlington Railway’s first engineer and locomotive supervisor and who often worked through the night to keep the Stockton & Darlington Railway locomotives on track. She was mother to six daughters and three sons (one of whom died in infancy). She regularly sent hampers to family members and had considerable regard for the railway workmen and their families. The Hackworths and many of the workmen on the railway were Methodists and many of their social gatherings in places such as the New Shildon Mechanics’ Institute featured teas with fruitcake for hundreds of people. In such instances, it was the women who joined resources to ensure there was ample tea and cake. The silhouette on the fruitcake label is of Jane Hackworth and was made in 1833 (the silhouette that is, not the cake!). Allergens: egg, milk, wheat, almonds. The bag: The sturdy hessian bag which holds your goodies measures 25cm wide x 21cm high (excluding handles) and 14cm deep and features the S&DR 1825 logo on one side.