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Report - Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory, Easton, Bristol

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by procter1, Aug 12, 2011.

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    In response to the increasing demand for delicious treats made with chocolate,
    a factory was purpose built in 1901 – 1902 to manufacture confectionary
    products. It was built on fields near the city centre of Bristol, in-between the
    Greenbank cemetery and the railway line.

    The first engine used in the business was running at the new Greenbank
    Factory by November 1901, however it was December 29 1902 before Kate
    Horner, accompanied by ten girls went to work at Greenbank, but due to the
    intense cold they had to return to St Paul’s until the new facility could be
    properly heated. On January 3rd 1903 the first coating machines were taken
    over to the new factory, and from then onwards girls and machines were
    transferred across until all the employees were settled in.

    From 1903 onwards progress continued to fully justify Bruce Cole’s conviction
    that there was a potential market for cheap chocolates of good quality at two
    ounces-a-penny, something that was within easy reach of a child’s humble
    purchasing powers.

    The undertaking was soon doing so well that a Grand Opening was held in
    September 1906, when Packer’s invited every one of its wholesalers in Great
    Britain to visit the new factory as guests of the company. Not only were their
    railway fare and hotel expenses paid, but they were also provided with the
    three days of entertainment, including a special dinner at Bristol’s Colston
    Hall.

    I know i am not the first and am sure i wont be the last but here is a look at
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    #1 procter1, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

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