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A Daily Mail History Of The Great British Sandwich

by | 10th, November 2014

The Daily Mail aks a question about the Great British Sandwich:

 

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Rightly, the death of the Great British sandwich (surely the hungry editor’s yell as a headline – ed) has been highlighted by the paper of record. A Great British traditional is being undone by foreigners.

Let’s take a look at the Great British sandwich in history.

 

The Inventor:

 

Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, who is a direct descendent of the inventor of the sandwich, poses for members of the media during the opening of his first hot sandwich bar, in central London, Monday April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, who is a direct descendent of the inventor of the sandwich, poses for members of the media during the opening of his first hot sandwich bar, in central London, Monday April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

 

The Politicians:

 

Leader of the Ukip party Nigel Farage eating a bacon sandwich during a visit to the Heywood and Middleton constituency ahead of the by-election next week. Picture date: Thursday October 2, 2014. See PA story POLITICS Middleton. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Ref #: PA.21080796  Date: 02/10/2014

Leader of the Ukip party Nigel Farage eating a bacon sandwich during a visit to the Heywood and Middleton constituency ahead of the by-election next week.
Date: 02/10/2014

Prime Minister David Cameron jokes with school children as he eats a sandwich during lunch with the pupils at Newquay Junior school. Picture date: Friday July, 9, 2010. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire Ref #: PA.9155857  Date: 09/07/2010

Prime Minister David Cameron jokes with school children as he eats a sandwich during lunch with the pupils at Newquay Junior school.
Date: 09/07/2010

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Labour candidate Andrew Dismore enjoy a bacon sandwich in north London. Livingstone stepped on to the campaign trail in support of Labour candidates despite remaining expelled from the party. * The London mayor is canvassing in six marginal seats being fought by friends, some of whom have helped behind the scenes to back discussions between Transport Commissioner Bob Kiley and the Government over the Tube.  Ref #: PA.1430136  Date: 18/05/2001

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Labour candidate Andrew Dismore enjoy a bacon sandwich in north London. 
Date: 18/05/2001

Conservative Party Leader William Hague eats a bacon sandwich as he promotes British pork in the Richmond market place, North York. He revealed that he enjoys bacon for breakfast every day .  Ref #: PA.1169628  Date: 05/03/1999

Conservative Party Leader William Hague eats a bacon sandwich as he promotes British pork in the Richmond market place, North York. He revealed that he enjoys bacon for breakfast every day .
Date: 05/03/1999

Agriculture minister John Gummer with his 4 year old daughter Cordelia, tuck into a beefburger on a visit to the East Coast Boat Show in Ipswich. The possilbe danger of the BSE disease in British beef was scuppered by the minister. * in an attempt to calm public fears when the beef scare first broke in 1990. Mr Gummer, now Environment Secretary snapped angrily at James Naughtie, presenter of Radio 4's Today programme, when he asked if Mr Gummer now regretted posing for the picture. *25/10/2000 Mr Gummer and other senior members of the Thatcher and Major administrations are bracing themselves for harsh criticism of their handling of the BSE crisis, as the Government publishes the long-awaited results of the inquiry into Britain's biggest public health disaster. Lord Phillips' report, to be published Thursday October 26 2000 is expected to condemn the former Tory government's slow reaction to the crisis and ministers' refusal to accept that humans might be made ill by eating beef from infected cows. 26/10/00: Mr Gummer and other senior members of the Thatcher and Major administrations are bracing themselves for harsh criticism of their handling of the BSE crisis, as the Government publishes the long-awaited results of the inquiry into Britain's biggest public health disaster. Lord Phillips' report, published Thursday October 26 2000, is expected to condemn the former Tory government's slow reaction to the crisis and ministers' refusal to accept that humans might be made ill by eating beef from infected cows. Ref #: PA.1248798  Date: 16/05/1990

Agriculture minister John Gummer with his 4 year old daughter Cordelia, tuck into a beefburger on a visit to the East Coast Boat Show in Ipswich. The possilbe danger of the BSE disease in British beef was scuppered by the minister. * in an attempt to calm public fears when the beef scare first broke in 1990. Mr Gummer, now Environment Secretary snapped angrily at James Naughtie, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, when he asked if Mr Gummer now regretted posing for the picture. 
Date: 16/05/1990

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The Beautiful People:

 

Embargoed to 0001 Monday May 4. Louise Cole tucks into the Great British Staycation Sandwich in a London park to mark the start of Warburtons National Bread Week, which runs from Monday 4th until Sunday 10th May 2009.  Issue date: Sunday May 03, 2009. To celebrate the rise of the staycation, Warburtons commissioned food experts to produce a picnic-perfect sandwich representing the UK's most popular holiday destinations, Spain, France, Italy and the USA. An estimated 33 million households will enjoy a Great British picnic this summer. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire Ref #: PA.7230725  Date: 29/04/2009

Louise Cole tucks into the Great British Staycation Sandwich in a London park to mark the start of Warburtons National Bread Week, which runs from Monday 4th until Sunday 10th May 2009.
Date: 29/04/2009

PA NEWS PHOTO 10/5/98 THE "IT GIRL" TAMARA BECKWITH DURING A PHOTOCALL IN LONDON TO LAUNCH THE FIRST BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK WHICH STARTS FROM 11 - 16 MAY 05/06/03 : Bread as hard as toast, 'plastic' tasting cheese and 'sloppy' tuna are among the comments about shop-bought sandwiches in a report published. Other criticisms included 'front-filled' sandwiches made to look fuller than they are and 'overcomplicated' flavour combinations.  Ref #: PA.1093860  Date: 10/05/1998

“IT GIRL” TAMARA BECKWITH DURING A PHOTOCALL IN LONDON TO LAUNCH THE FIRST BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK WHICH STARTS FROM 11 – 16 MAY 05/06/03

 

 

The Famous:

 

Joe Swash, winner of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! poses for photographers with a bacon sandwich to help him fit into his costume, outside the Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent, before taking the role of Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella. Picture date: Wednesday December 10 2008. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Ref #: PA.6641284  Date: 10/12/2008

Joe Swash, winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! poses for photographers with a bacon sandwich to help him fit into his costume, outside the Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent, before taking the role of Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella.
Date: 10/12/2008

Footballing legend Johan Cruyff tucks into a giant salad sandwich after presenting The Silver Salad Bowl of Europe Challenge Trophy and winner medals to British school children at the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The trophy was awarded for the best essay on "Holland, the salad bowl of Europe". Archive-559314a Ref #: PA.5348507  Date: 03/07/1975

Footballing legend Johan Cruyff tucks into a giant salad sandwich after presenting The Silver Salad Bowl of Europe Challenge Trophy and winner medals to British school children at the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The trophy was awarded for the best essay on “Holland, the salad bowl of Europe”.
Date: 03/07/1975

Drummer Ringo Starr is seen holding a sandwich in a scene from the Beatles' film Ref #: PA.8658406  Date: 01/05/1964

Drummer Ringo Starr is seen holding a sandwich in a scene from the Beatles’ film
Date: 01/05/1964

 

Comedian Ken Dodd cuts into a six-foot long "chip butty" claimed to be world's biggest. It was presented to him to-day when he officially opened new extensions to a frozen chip factory in Scarborough, Yorkshire.  Ref #: PA.18058690  Date: 16/09/1970

Comedian Ken Dodd cuts into a six-foot long “chip butty” claimed to be world’s biggest. It was presented to him to-day when he officially opened new extensions to a frozen chip factory in Scarborough, Yorkshire.
Ref #: PA.18058690
Date: 16/09/1970

Native Merseysider Cilla Black tucks into a chip butty, a traditional Liverpudlian dish, during the first International Scouse Day at the Sugar Reef Restaurant in London. * International Scouse Day, which celebrates the achievements of Liverpudlians, is expected to raise thousands of pounds for the Alder Hey Rocking Horse Appeal.  Ref #: PA.1284761  Date: 29/03/2000

Native Merseysider Cilla Black tucks into a chip butty, a traditional Liverpudlian dish, during the first International Scouse Day at the Sugar Reef Restaurant in London. * International Scouse Day, which celebrates the achievements of Liverpudlians, is expected to raise thousands of pounds for the Alder Hey Rocking Horse Appeal.
Ref #: PA.1284761
Date: 29/03/2000

Christine Hamilton tries a sausage butty from London's Quality Chop House,with the help of construction worker Peter Bramhall, from Barnsley, in London on Monday October 24, 2005, to mark British Sausage Week of which Mrs Hamilton is the 'face'. The country's sausage consumption has risen 17\% to an estimated 189,000 tonnes between 2000 and 2005 in a market which is now worth £530 million per annum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA.

Christine Hamilton tries a sausage butty from London’s Quality Chop House,with the help of construction worker Peter Bramhall, from Barnsley, in London on Monday October 24, 2005, to mark British Sausage Week of which Mrs Hamilton is the ‘face’. The country’s sausage consumption has risen 17\% to an estimated 189,000 tonnes between 2000 and 2005 in a market which is now worth £530 million per annum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA.

 

EMBARGOED TO 0001HRS MONDAY AUGUST 24 Television personality and former cricketer Phil Tufnell demonstrates some of the activities that British people get up to whilst on the toilet in London's Paddington Street Gardens for the launch of Gut Week, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of gut disorders and the importance of good digestive health, which runs from Monday 24th until 30th August.  Issue date: Sunday August 23, 2009. According to a survey of over 2,000 people conducted by Yakult, British people are spending their toilet time texting, surfing the internet and even eating and drinking whilst unaware of the health risks of sitting on the toilet for too long. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire Ref #: PA.7733931

Television personality and former cricketer Phil Tufnell demonstrates some of the activities that British people get up to whilst on the toilet in London’s Paddington Street Gardens for the launch of Gut Week.
Ref #: PA.7733931

 

 

The Innovators:

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Karl Ford, aged 40, from Shirehampton, Bristol, who is a burger chef and creator of the 'Super Scooby' burger, Britain's largest and most fattening burger with an artery-busting 2,645 calories, holds his super sandwich. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2009. The 'Super Scooby' is made and sold by the Jolly Fryer takeaway in Bristol and they are offering customers the gut-busting burger, with chips, for 10 - and a free can of Diet Coke to anyone who can finish it, including the chips, in one sitting. The sandwich is loaded with four beefburgers, eight rashers of bacon, eight slices of cheese, 12 onion rings, heaps of salad and three sauces and contains 145 more calories than the daily recommended limit for men. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire Ref #: PA.7864228  Date: 28/09/2009

Karl Ford, aged 40, from Shirehampton, Bristol, who is a burger chef and creator of the ‘Super Scooby’ burger, Britain’s largest and most fattening burger with an artery-busting 2,645 calories, holds his super sandwich.
Date: 28/09/2009

An office worker during his lunch break in London's Hyde Park, tries to keep the sun from his head by using a sandwich bar bag as a sun hat during the hot weather. Picture date: Thursday July 2, 2009. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Ref #: PA.7518903  Date: 02/07/2009

An office worker during his lunch break in London’s Hyde Park, tries to keep the sun from his head by using a sandwich bar bag as a sun hat during the hot weather.
Date: 02/07/2009

Hedgehog Sandwich is the title of the Not the Nine O'Clock News comedy team's new LP, who were in London busy launching their efforts. From left to right: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones. Ref #: PA.4878242  Date: 02/02/1982

Hedgehog Sandwich is the title of the Not the Nine O’Clock News comedy team’s new LP, who were in London busy launching their efforts. From left to right: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones.
Date: 02/02/1982

Six of the UK's most well-respected chefs from left to right; Paul Heathcote, Atul Kochhar, Peter Gordon, Adam Palmer, Sam Clark, and Mark Hix launch the new Chefs Specials range of sandwiches and salads at Marks & Spencers in the City of London. * The six chefs have created a selection that reflects their individual flair and gives customers a chance to taste the chefs' cuisine. Ref #: PA.1495971  Date: 31/10/2001

Six of the UK’s most well-respected chefs from left to right; Paul Heathcote, Atul Kochhar, Peter Gordon, Adam Palmer, Sam Clark, and Mark Hix launch the new Chefs Specials range of sandwiches and salads at Marks & Spencers in the City of London. 
Date: 31/10/2001

 

Chef Scott MacDonald prepares his creation, which it is claimed is the world's most expensive sandwich, at Selfridges Department Store in London, Monday April 10, 2006. Named the McDonald Sandwich, after it's creator, the ingredients are Wagyu beef, fresh lobe foie gras, black truffle mayonnaise, brie de meaux, rocket, red pepper and mustard confit, and English plum tomatoes, all packed into 24-hour fermented sour dough bread - and it sells for 85 pounds (US$ 148.33: euro 122.53) each.(AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) Ref #: PA.3404462  Date: 10/04/2006

Chef Scott MacDonald prepares his creation, which it is claimed is the world’s most expensive sandwich, at Selfridges Department Store in London, Monday April 10, 2006. Named the McDonald Sandwich, after it’s creator, the ingredients are Wagyu beef, fresh lobe foie gras, black truffle mayonnaise, brie de meaux, rocket, red pepper and mustard confit, and English plum tomatoes, all packed into 24-hour fermented sour dough bread – and it sells for 85 pounds (US$ 148.33: euro 122.53) each
Date: 10/04/2006

 

 

The Great British sausage sandwich gives the world the hotdog:

 

Sailors joke with radio personality Sophie Tucker and feed her multiple hot dogs at the United Service Organizations (USO) center in Chicago, Ill., July 2, 1944. From left are, Marine Pvt. Art McCarroll, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Corp. Verne Hink, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Seaman Fred Bishara, Binghamton, N.Y.; and Seaman Alan Frank, Salt Lake City, Utah. (AP Photo)

Sailors joke with radio personality Sophie Tucker and feed her multiple hot dogs at the United Service Organizations (USO) center in Chicago, Ill., July 2, 1944. From left are, Marine Pvt. Art McCarroll, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Corp. Verne Hink, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Seaman Fred Bishara, Binghamton, N.Y.; and Seaman Alan Frank, Salt Lake City, Utah. (AP Photo)

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Ca. eats some of the 66 hot dogs he ate in 12 minutes to win the Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous restaurant in Brooklyn's Coney Island, New York, Wednesday, July 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) Ref #: PA.4810316  Date: 04/07/2007

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Ca. eats some of the 66 hot dogs he ate in 12 minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan’s Famous restaurant in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, New York, Wednesday, July 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Ref #: PA.4810316
Date: 04/07/2007

President Barack Obama and Britain Prime Minister David Cameron eat hot dogs as they attend the Mississippi Valley State versus Western Kentucky in a first round NCAA tournament basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at University of Dayton Arena, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama and Britain Prime Minister David Cameron eat hot dogs as they attend the Mississippi Valley State versus Western Kentucky in a first round NCAA tournament basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at University of Dayton Arena, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ketchup wins the hot dog race during a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, April 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Ref #: PA.16260361  Date: 13/04/2013

Ketchup wins the hot dog race during a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, April 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Ref #: PA.16260361
Date: 13/04/2013

 

 

And.. The Great British kebab:

Vicky Pattison of Geordie Shore preparing for the launch of "L'eau de Geordie" the kebab scented Geordie fragrance, to mark Geordie Shore Season 2 which begins on Tuesday January 31st at 10pm on MTV. Ref #: PA.12583911  Date: 24/01/2012

Vicky Pattison of Geordie Shore preparing for the launch of “L’eau de Geordie” the kebab scented Geordie fragrance, to mark Geordie Shore Season 2 which begins on Tuesday January 31st at 10pm on MTV.
Ref #: PA.12583911
Date: 24/01/2012

 

 

 

 

The Great British Sandwich as Cultural Imperialism:

 

EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2007. Undated Handout of Paddington Bear who swaps his trademark marmalade for a pot of Marmite in a new campaign launched today.  Issue date: Wednesday September 12, 2007. He appears in a new TV commercial to publicise the savoury spread following a deal between food giant Unilever, which owns the Marmite brand, and owners of the Paddington copyright. See PA story: CONSUMER Paddington. Photo credit should read: Ben Phillips/PA Wire Ref #: PA.5129201  Date: 12/09/2007

Undated Handout of Paddington Bear who swaps his trademark marmalade for a pot of Marmite in a new campaign launched today.
Issue date: Wednesday September 12, 2007.

This picture shows an Atlanta, Georgia, restaurant's Sputnikburger, complete with small dog, November 4, 1957. Garnished with Czarist Russian dressing and caviar, the sandwich is topped with a large satellite olive pierced with three toothpicks for antennae. Atop one antenna is a small dog or miniature cocktail hotdog. The sampler is Harriet Phrydas. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.8690663  Date: 04/11/1957

This picture shows an Atlanta, Georgia, restaurant’s Sputnikburger, complete with small dog, November 4, 1957. Garnished with Czarist Russian dressing and caviar, the sandwich is topped with a large satellite olive pierced with three toothpicks for antennae. Atop one antenna is a small dog or miniature cocktail hotdog. The sampler is Harriet Phrydas. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.8690663
Date: 04/11/1957

Teddy Polchak of Bronx, N.Y., a visitor at the New York World’s Fair on May 2, 1964, only appears to be losing his hero sandwich to the dinosaur in background. The slight-of-lens was accomplished outside the Sinclair exhibit on the fair grounds where life-size models of the extinct reptiles are a principal attraction. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10372617  Date: 02/05/1964

Teddy Polchak of Bronx, N.Y., a visitor at the New York World’s Fair on May 2, 1964, only appears to be losing his hero sandwich to the dinosaur in background. The slight-of-lens was accomplished outside the Sinclair exhibit on the fair grounds where life-size models of the extinct reptiles are a principal attraction. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10372617
Date: 02/05/1964

 

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A Cambodian government soldier eats a sandwich and holds his son while waiting to be moved by boat from Phnom Penh on Sept. 9, 1973, to the embattled provincial capital of Kompong Cham. (AP Photo/Billy) Ref #: PA.9217462  Date: 09/09/1973

A Cambodian government soldier eats a sandwich and holds his son while waiting to be moved by boat from Phnom Penh on Sept. 9, 1973, to the embattled provincial capital of Kompong Cham. (AP Photo/Billy)
Ref #: PA.9217462
Date: 09/09/1973

The Los Angeles Sparks Christi Thomas, left, and Mwadi Mabika, right, team up to sandwich the Connecticut Sun's Erika de Souza, of Brazil, between them as the three battled for a loose ball in the second half of the Sun-Sparks WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Saturday, May 26, 2007. The Sparks defeated the Sun, 88-68. (AP Photo/Bob Child) Ref #: PA.4694155  Date: 26/05/2007

The Los Angeles Sparks Christi Thomas, left, and Mwadi Mabika, right, team up to sandwich the Connecticut Sun’s Erika de Souza, of Brazil, between them as the three battled for a loose ball in the second half of the Sun-Sparks WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Saturday, May 26, 2007. The Sparks defeated the Sun, 88-68. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Ref #: PA.4694155
Date: 26/05/2007

A fan of Argentina eats a sandwich prior to the during the World Cup group B soccer match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

A fan of Argentina eats a sandwich prior to the during the World Cup group B soccer match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

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The Great British Sandwich in the Great British language:

 

The Los Angeles Sparks Christi Thomas, left, and Mwadi Mabika, right, team up to sandwich the Connecticut Sun's Erika de Souza, of Brazil, between them as the three battled for a loose ball in the second half of the Sun-Sparks WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Saturday, May 26, 2007. The Sparks defeated the Sun, 88-68. (AP Photo/Bob Child) Ref #: PA.4694155  Date: 26/05/2007

The Los Angeles Sparks Christi Thomas, left, and Mwadi Mabika, right, team up to sandwich the Connecticut Sun’s Erika de Souza, of Brazil, between them as the three battled for a loose ball in the second half of the Sun-Sparks WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Saturday, May 26, 2007. The Sparks defeated the Sun, 88-68. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Ref #: PA.4694155
Date: 26/05/2007

West Ham United fan Warren Mitchell, alias Alf Garnett of BBC series 'Til Death Us Do Part', tries to drum up support for the Hammers' Pool by roaming around Upton Park with a rattle and sandwich board Ref #: PA.2343522  Date: 03/02/1968

West Ham United fan Warren Mitchell, alias Alf Garnett of BBC series ‘Til Death Us Do Part’, tries to drum up support for the Hammers’ Pool by roaming around Upton Park with a rattle and sandwich board
Ref #: PA.2343522
Date: 03/02/1968



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