George Cadbury

George Cadbury

Male 1839 - 1922  (83 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 12 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name George Cadbury 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 19 Sep 1839 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1922  Northfield, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30970  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2010 

    Father John Cadbury,   b. 12 Aug 1801,   d. 11 May 1889  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Candia Barrow,   b. 1805,   d. 1855  (Age 50 years) 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
    Family ID F299431  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Mary Taylor 
    Children 
     1. Laurence John Cadbury
     2. George Norman Cadbury
     3. Elsie Dorothea Cadbury,   b. 12 Mar 1892, Selly Oak, W. Mid Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Egbert Cadbury,   b. 1893,   d. 1967  (Age 74 years)
     5. Marion Janet Cadbury,   b. 18 Jul 1894,   d. 07 Jul 1979  (Age 84 years)
     6. Ursula Cadbury
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F12981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He worked at the school for adults on Sundays for no pay, yet he still only went to school till he was sixteen. Together with his brother Richard he took over the family business in 1861. In 1878 they acquired 14 acres (57,000 m²) of land in open country, four miles (6 km) south of Birmingham, where they opened a new factory in 1879. He rented 'Woodbrooke' a Georgian style mansion built by Josiah Mason, which he eventually bought in 1881. Woodbrooke has retained a Quaker connection and is Europe's only Quaker Study Centre. Since 1903 it has provided education for those of any faith or none from around the world.
      The Cadbury brothers were concerned with the quality of life of their employees and provided an alternative to grimy city life. As more land was acquired and the brothers moved the factory to a new country location, they decided to build a factory town (designed by architect William Alexander Harvey), which would provide houses at low cost for the employees and their families. This village became known as Bournville after the nearby river and French word for "town". The houses were never privately owned, and their value stayed low and affordable. Bournville was a marked change from the poor living conditions of the urban environment. Here, families had houses with yards, gardens, and fresh air. To the present, the town offers affordable housing.
      The brothers cared for their employees; they both believed in the social rights of the workers and hence they installed canteens and sport grounds. Nineteen years after brother Richard died, George opened a works committee for each gender which discussed proposals for improving the firm. He also pressed ahead with other ideas, like an annuity, a deposit account and education facilities for every employee.
      George Cadbury was one of the prime movers in setting up The Birmingham Civic Society in 1918. Cadbury donated the Lickey Hills Country Park to the people of Birmingham. He also donated a large house in Northfield to the Birmingham Cripples Union that was used as a hospital from 1909. It is now called the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.


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