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Report - Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory, Easton, Bristol


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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

I know i am not the first and am sure i wont be the last but here is a look at
the elizabeth shaw chocolate factory through my eyes

















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