Sheridan Parsons

Wiltshire Family History, Canal Heritage, Teasmades

Teasmades

My interest in teasmades began in 2000. I wanted to start an unusual collection and I settled on teasmades when I was in a rebellious frame of mind. My first husband always disliked the bulk and noise of teasmades and adamantly refused to let me have one. My husband now, Mike, has been much more patient with my unusual hobby. It is particularly fitting that the Goblin head office was once based in Parson’s Green, my present surname and my maiden name neatly combined. As a genealogist, it has always been my delight to uncover the hidden history of teasmades and their entrepreneurial and innovative British inventors. The first known inventor was Charles Maynard Walker in 1891.

By 2015 I had gathered the worlds largest collection of teasmades, 172 machines acquired over 15 years of dedicated searching. But then a house move forced me to reduce my unique collection. I also closed my teasmade website down in September 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who emailed information and photographs and supported the website in other ways, especially John Atack, sadly no longer with us, Mike Phelan, and Doug Fennell, an expert on technical matters and Goblin production. Without your help we would never have achieved so much.

So what exactly is a teasmade? A teasmade is a bedside appliance which wakes you up in the morning with a hot cup of tea. It combines the functions of an alarm clock and a tea maker. I now collect only the oldest, rarest, pre 1950 models. My favourite teasmades are:

  • George Absolom Teesmade, made in 1932, with original lamp
  • Goblin with a yellow teapot, made in 1936, found in pristine condition under a house in Australia
  • Goblin D20, made in 1947
  • Two Bakelite Tealarms, made by Concentric, c.1948, one ivory, and one brown
  • Hawkins LGH 1200b made in 1949

Teasmade book by Sheridan Parsons coming soon.