There was a time when people were all about a sandwich made of watercress, pimentos and peanut butter. Sandwiches are widely eaten but only the ingredients change. An Earl started all this sandwich crazy. He is the famous 4th Earl of Sandwich. This is not to say that the act of having meat between bread slices was uncommon. In the 1st century, people used to eat their Passover bread with lamb between it. In the Middle Age, open style sandwiches were introduced. Thick stale bread was used as a base where vegetable and meat were piled. The Dutch popularly served their bread piled with butter, fish, and meat. in case you are wondering where Sandwich is, it is in the UK on the southern coast. The name means a town located on sandy soil. “Wich” means a vicinity, a place or dwelling. The 1st Earl of Sandwich was supposed to be the Earl of Portsmouth. The change to Sandwich was made as a demonstration of how highly the town held him. At the time of this Earldom, he was the commander of a naval fleet off the coast of Sandwich. There is no other connection between this town the family the Earl came from.
However, it was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was well known for his willingness to take bribes and his lack of morals. When he held the position of the First Lord of Admiralty, everyone knew he was corrupt and also incompetent. The shortcomings of the Americal Revolution were because of him. He let the British Navy stay in Europe’s waters because he was afraid the French would attack. Many people criticized this action and it clearly showed he was an incompetent commander. The 4th Earl of Sandwich belonged to the Hell Fire Club too. The club was made up of the elite people in British society and it was nothing more than people drinking, whoring and gambling. There were major elements of Satanic worship in the club as well. The 4th Earl of Sandwich was happy to embrace black masses and anti-religious rituals. Because he was controlling the Navy and friends with the King, he was fully protected. John Wilkes was a club member who was not too happy with the satanic ceremonies held. That is how a boon in a devil suit came to be. You can discover more about the birth of the sandwich here.