George Cadbury

George Cadbury

As we are celebrating George Cadbury here at Selly Manor this half term, with George’s Fantastic Festivities, we thought it only right to write a blog post on him!

George Cadbury was a brilliant man who achieved many things over the course of his life. He is famous for founding Cadbury Brothers, with his brother Richard, a company which remains a world leader in chocolate production. He is also remembered for building Bournville, which was part of the Garden City Movement. Bournville was and still is a model village; it was created in an attempt to alleviate overcrowding and filthy living conditions in Birmingham, and provide a healthier and happier place for people to live. Bournville still remains an inspiration to many town planners.

But those were not George’s only achievements. There are many things we can call George that all played an important part in his life. He was a father. A Quaker. A brother. A businessman. A son. A teacher. An architect. A philanthropist. An employer. A pioneer. A pacifist. A visionary. A newspaper owner. A chocolatier.

These many words encapsulate just a little of George’s spirit and his story. We hope the facts below may help you learn a little bit more about this extraordinary man:

  • George was born on 19th September 1839 and died on 24th October 1922, aged 83 (which was a very good age for that time).
  • At age 16 George was apprenticed to Joseph Rowntree in York to learn the grocery trade.
  • In 1901 George bought a national newspaper called the Daily News. The paper campaigned against the Boer War and promoted old age pensions.
  • George was married twice. First to Mary Tylor (1872 – 1887) then to Elizabeth Taylor, from 1888 until he died.
  • George Cadbury had 11 children – he was 67 when his youngest child Ursula was born.
  • He called 2 of his children George – George Junior and George Norman.
  • George donated the Lickey Hill to the people of Birmingham.
  • George spent many years living at the Manor House in Northfield, which sadly burnt down in 2014.
  • George was one of 6 children – John, Richard, Maria, Joseph, Edward and Henry.
  • George was aged 21 when he inherited his father’s tea and coffee business with his brother Richard.
  • In 1878, George and his brother Richard bought 14 acres of land and established their Bournville factory, a few miles outside the inner city of Birmingham.
  • George had a farm at his home which is now the site of Manor Farm Park.
  • Throughout his life, George taught at the Birmingham Adult School every Sunday morning.