Chocolate Factories!

About the group A group of chocolate factories from around the country. Because everything's better with chocolate!

Created 17 May 2012

I'm aged 76 and I worked in the office of Needler's of Hull from 1961 until 1963 approx.

I just wondered if anybody had archives relating to the business that they could share with me.I have some photos but they were just ones which I came across on the internet.

I enjoyed the few years which I spent there working in the office as the people were very friendly and helpful.



Wednesday 19th of October 2016 12:53:01 AM
Worked at Nestle' Hayes Middx would like to share memories

Sunday 1st of February 2015 01:31:48 AM
Waiting in anticipation to see if aerofilms photographed the Cadbury factory at Marlowe just outside Leominster. Associated with the production of Chocolate crumb since 1936 I used to drive past it everyday.

Alison Cutforth
Wednesday 14th of May 2014 02:09:52 AM

I think you are thinking of the Marlbrook factory, which is still there , or at least it was before Kraft took over. But as it is now the only factory producing chocolate crumb in the UK, I presume it has a future. I worked for Cadburys for 37 years before retirement, mainly at Bournville and later at the research centre at Reading

Wednesday 14th of May 2014 02:09:52 AM
If you care to google: Chocs Away – Norwich’s History of Chocolate Making, a fascinating history and its sad demise is to be read.

The smell from the chocolate factory in the early '80s, did little to stimulate an appetite for chocolate. I never did understand why the smell never matched the taste.

Where's Canning Town?
Thursday 13th of March 2014 10:35:24 PM
Marked is the Queens Road factory of Mackintosh's. Opened in 1899 and closed in 1986.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 04:07:36 PM
Mackintosh's Queens Road factory.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 04:07:36 PM
Mackintosh's began in this shop in King Cross Street, Halifax in 1890. This photo was taken in the late 1970s and the building is now demolished.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 04:04:18 PM
My Dad working at Mackintosh's Queens Road factory in Halifax.

If you're interested in Mackintosh's, The Percy Shaw, the Wetherspoon's pub in the Broad Street Plaza, central Halifax has some interesting photos and information.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 03:48:29 PM
Marked are the HQ of John Mackintosh & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of delicious toffee and the best-selling Quality Street assortment. The building is still there (2013) and is operated by Nestlé.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 03:13:33 PM
This factory was the HQ of Riley Brothers, Toffee Makers, who developed the delicious Riley's Toffee Rolls. The building is still there (2013) but now belongs to McVitie's who make cakes there.

Saturday 21st of December 2013 02:44:43 PM
The Meltis chocolate factory is just below the centre of the photo. My mum worked there for a while and one day one of her work colleagues dropped her false teeth in the chocolate mixing bowl. She scooped them out, popped them back in her mouth and carried on working! Perhaps that's why I preferred Meltis New Berry Fruits.

Thursday 19th of December 2013 03:53:18 PM
Fry's Cocoa factory, the first company in Britain to create a chocolate bar as we know them today,a huge sucess Fry's Chocolate Cream launched in 1866 is still on the shelves!

Natasha Scullion
Monday 24th of June 2013 03:21:56 PM
One of several images of the factory, once famous for products including the Terry's Chocolate Orange. It opened in 1926 (other images on this site, from that year, show it under construction). It closed in 2005.

Thursday 16th of May 2013 04:32:57 PM
I don't remember Pascalls, before my time.

Friday 8th of February 2013 01:40:46 PM
Later made the Elizabeth Shaw brand of chocolates.

Friday 21st of December 2012 10:17:36 PM

Monday 17th of December 2012 10:26:31 PM
I love how they told every single child (and adult) in the surrounding areas what exactly they are producing - the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of the 1920s ...

Sandra Brauer
Friday 14th of December 2012 04:39:08 PM

Friday 14th of December 2012 01:25:45 PM
The only thing I remember Paynes for was Poppets. They used to sell them in vending machines in the London Underground.

Wednesday 12th of December 2012 09:40:41 PM
As a university student in Norwich in 1965, I spent the summer vacation working at Caley's, which following its sale by Unilever in 1932, was owned and known as Mackintosh's. Working on the night shift there for several weeks, my sole and soul-destroying job was to unload the trays of Caramac coming off the production line into larger trays. You could eat as much as you wanted which meant I never ate another bar of Caramac for over 30 years. (In 1969, it merged with Rowntree's to form Rowntree Mackintosh, which then was taken over by Nestlé in 1988. And the factory closed in 1994)

David Norfolk
Thursday 4th of October 2012 04:28:35 PM

Tuesday 26th of June 2012 01:01:45 PM
Located just outside Bristol near to Keynsham.

There was always a sweet aroma even three or four miles away. Recently closed (2011) and production transferred to Poland

Friday 8th of June 2012 11:48:58 PM

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Thursday 17th of May 2012 03:32:45 PM