Richard Cadbury

Died aged c. 64

Richard Barrow Cadbury (29 August 1835 – 22 March 1899) was an English entrepreneur, chocolate-maker and philanthropist. He was the second son of the Quaker John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury's cocoa and chocolate company. Together with his younger brother George he took over the family business in 1861. Richard was the first to commercialise the connection between romance and confectionery with the company producing a heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in 1868. 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. Over the following years, more land was acquired and a model village was built for his workers, which became known as Bournville. He donated Moseley Hall to the City of Birmingham, for use as a children's convalescent home. Cadbury died on 22 March 1899 in Jerusalem, aged 63. In 1905 the executors of Cadbury's estate distributed £40,000 to various charities including £10,000 to the Temperance Hospital in London. His wife Emma died in 1907 after falling down some stairs while at sea on the Empress of India. His daughter Beatrice Boeke-Cadbury worked as an educational reformer and, for her work saving Jewish children during the Holocaust, was posthumously honoured as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Richard Cadbury 1835-1899 Chocolate Manufacturer and Philanthropist lived here 1861-1871

17 Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they lived (1861-1871)

These almshouses were built in 1898 by Richard Cadbury for the benefit of the workers of Cadbury's. During the Second World War the railings were removed to support the war effort. Over the ensuing years, damage to the stonework resulting from the removal has been extensive. As a reminder this section has been left unrestored. The project to replace these railings and stonework was undertaken by the Trustees of Bournville Almshouse Trust 2008

Linden Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they built

No 1 Lodge This building is known as No. 1 Lodge and is one of a number of entrances into the factory. It was built in 1889 as part of a suite of offices for directors of the then newly formed Cadbury Brothers Limited Company. Prior to this date the business had been run as a partnership between brothers George and Richard Cadbury and their original offices are situated just behind No. 1 Lodge which were built in 1880. The original factory entrance was opposite the railway station (to the right) and called Station Lodge. When railway lines were installed in the factory in 1884 an additional entrance was built, just slightly to the left of this plaque, close to the pavement. This was called the Girl's Lodge and later No. 1 Lodge. It was demolished as part of the construction of the tall building to the left, known as Linden Block which was completed in 1966. The directors were relocated to this new building and the new factory entrance was created through their old offices and this is now called No. 1 Lodge. The whole Bournville site has become known as 'The Factory in a Garden'. The ancient pear tree which grew against Mrs Duffield's Cottage, that once stood near No. 1 Lodge, still remains.

Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they built a suite of offices

Bournville Works founded by Richard & George Cadbury September 1879

Bournville Carillon Vistor Centre - The Rest House - Bournville Village Green, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they founded the Bournville Works (1879)