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Confectionery history

Rowntree’s Private Railway

The railway access to the Rowntree’s factory at Haxby Road came from the Foss Island Branch of the NER. In 1895 Rowntree’s had bought one locomotive and had one-and-a-half miles of standard gauge track. The locomotive was bought second-hand on the 20th December 1890 from Hudswell Clarke and was called ‘Marshall”. This was more »< Read More...

Elect Cocoa, Rowntree’s

For a teetotal Quaker, chocolate drinks were promoted as an alternative to alcohol for the working man. Developed in 1887 and marketed as, “More than a drink, a food”, Rowntree’s Elect Cocoa proved very popular up until the years preceding the Great War, and was eventually trimmed from the list of products by George more »< Read More...

Pavement

Click here to see our illustrated travelling exhibition timeline history of 28 Pavement The location in York of Joseph Rowntree’s (Senior) (1801-1859) original grocer’s shop at 28 Pavement, York, where many apprentices lived and worked, including George Cadbury. Purchased in 1822, it was also the birthplace of all the Rowntree boys, John, Joseph, and more »< Read More...

George Cadbury

George Cadbury (1839-1922) was the third son of John Cadbury, who, with his brother Richard, took over the family business in 1861 from his father, after the death of his mother that year. Primarily concerned with his workers’ welfare, but also out of the need to find more space for the rapidly expanding more »< Read More...

Aero

Released originally as Aero Mint in 1935 in the UK, with a milk chocolate variety added to the line in the 1970’s. External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aero_(chocola Read More...

Smarties

Originally released in 1882 under the name Chocolate Beans, it was not until 1937 that the name was adapted to Smarties Chocolate Beans. Smarties are no longer manufactured in York, with a third of Smarties now created in Germany. External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart Read More...

Thomas Craven

Thomas Craven (1817-1862), the son of an East Riding farmer, arrived in York as a 16 year old apprentice in 1833 to work with his brother-in-law Thomas Hide at his confectionery business. After the death of his brother-in-law, Craven set up his own confectionery business at High Ousegate. In 1851 he married Mary Ann more »< Read More...

Joseph Terry

Sir Joseph Terry (1828-1898) was an English industrialist born in York. Educated at St. Peter’s School, York, he took over his father’s confectionery business with his two brothers in 1854. The business was incorporated as Joseph Terry and Sons Ltd. in 1895. Sir Joseph Terry served as the Lord Mayor of York on more »< Read More...

After Eight

Created in 1962, these after-dinner mints are now sold all across Europe and North America. One billion After Eight mints are made each year. External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Eight http://www.yfaonline.com/film/after-eight-adverts http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/dec/10/nestle-close-after-eight-factory http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10305680/Brian-Sollitt.h Read More...

Nestlé, York

Nestlé is a Swiss multinational food and beverage company headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues. It acquired Rowntree Mackintosh Ltd. in 1988. External links http://www.nestle.co.uk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nest Read More...