Sandwich's 250th anniversary

London | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on May 13, 2012

The British town of Sandwich today celebrated the 250th anniversary of the moment when its Earl invented the bread-based meal that would go on to become a global convenience snack.

The first written record of the sandwich was in 1762 and the Kent town of Sandwich, which is the earldom of the Montagu family, is celebrating 250 years of the meal.

The story goes that fourth Earl of Sandwich asked for beef served between slices of bread so that he could eat while continuing to play cards and his friends asked “to have the same as Sandwich”, according to the British Sandwich Association.

The fourth Earl of Sandwich was considered “a daring man” to eat with his fingers at that time.

According to the British Sandwich Association the industry employs more than 300,000 people in the UK and has a commercial value of over 6 billion pounds.

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Published on May 13, 2012
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