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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 Hick, the youngest child of Joseph Hick, a confectioner in York since 1822. Craven died in 1862, with Mary continuing the business for another 40 years until her death in 1902.

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