Isaac Holden photo sold to raise funds

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Isaac Holden photo sold to raise funds

Isaac Holden was an itinerant tea seller, who also raised money for charitable purposes in the Allendale arera of Northumberland. The portrait is a daguerreotype image which was sold for 6d a copy to help raise funds for an undisclosed purpose. It wasn't until Holden had raised the required sum did he tell that the money was to be used for a hearse for the West Allen. This was the last of Holden's successful fund raising ventures and he died two years later. He made a worthwhile contribution to his community and examples of his good works can be found on a North Pennines walking trail now dedicated to him. To the wider world is that he is an example of how voluntary effort, even with limited means can make a difference. His livelihood from the mid 1800s is noteworthy, bringing tea to the doors of the far flung communities of the North Pennines. Demand for tea was booming with progressive cuts in import duties and taxation, which made it affordable. Good trade and shipping with China were pivotal to this expansion. The popularity of tea world-wide has continued to grow. Holden if he were alive today would probably be an an advocate of fairtrade.

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  • 1. At 18:30 on 28 March 2010, roger wrote:

    A display illustrating Isaac Holden's life will be at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 31 March and 4 May and is also available for local history groups and libraries.

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