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York Chocolatiers & Confectioners: a series

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  • DURATION 4 x 60 mins
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  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

York Chocolatiers and Confectioners (Series of 4 Talks)

The habit of drinking chocolate in England became popular from 1655 leading to chocolate houses (cafés) opening around the country.

Chocolate would be used in desserts and as confectionary by the 18th century and new shops and businesses were opening to sell this new treat.

This series of four talks looks at the four main business in York.


1) The Tuke Family (20 May 2022)

This first talk takes us back to 1723 when Mary Tuke started to sell cocoa to be made into drinking chocolate and the continuing story of this family business after her nephew inherited it.


2. The Terry Family (27 May 2022)
The Terry name is much more widely known, particularly with products like their ‘Chocolate Orange’. This business also has its origins in the 18th century with two gentlemen, Robert Berry and William Bayldon. We find out how their confectionary shop led to a large factory which finally closed in 2005.


3) The Craven Family (10 June 2022)
Although Thomas Craven started his own business in 1840, there are connections to some of the earlier manufacturers. When Thomas died his wife, Mary Ann continued the family business, then her son, Joseph. The factory would move from the city centre and finally closed c.2008.


4) The Rowntree Family (17 June 2022)

The final talk in this series looks at, probably, the best known chocolate manufacture’s in York. Their story begins in 1822 when Joseph Rowntree Sr. moved from Scarborough to open a grocery shop in York. His son Henry Isaac apprenticed for the Tuke family and later bought their cocoa department. Since then the factory has been rebuilt in several locations around York and continues today (although since 1988, owned by Nestlé).

  • Duration: 4 x 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Karen

Karen Adams was born and grew up in York, her interest in the city encouraged by regular visits to the library and researching old newspapers, maps and books.

Although she had first considered becoming an architect and adding to the future landscape, her career path led to archaeology. Starting in 1986 in York, Karen would move in 2001 to the East Riding of Yorkshire, and worked as a freelance archaeologist. 

In 2013 Karen became an independent archaeological contractor, continuing to work on sitesin York and the East Riding of Yorkshire, discovering evidence of the people who lived in the Iron Age period through to modern times.

Karen continues her research on the history of York, now also using the internet, and has created a website to share some of this information - https://pastsearch-archaeo-history.co.uk/

She also produces a monthly newsletter and presents a range of talks on York’s 2000 year history, as well as talks and courses on archaeology.

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