Today we find out all about the story behind Britain’s most famous chocolate makers - Cadburys.
Selly Manor dates back to the 1400’s, but at the end of the 20th century, it had fallen into disrepair.
In 1907, chocolate maker George Cadbury, saved it from demolition and used the architect William Alexander Harvey to oversee its move, and in 1916 it opened to the public as a museum.
Selly Manor has a fabulous collection of oak furniture, Tudor costumes and armour.
Bournville Village - Under Queen Victoria’s reign, industry grew, the population increased, towns grew bigger and railways spread rapidly. Many people enjoyed a good standard of life, but most worked long hours and lived in crowded houses with no gardens, no indoor toilet or running water.
In 1879 George Cadbury, and his brother Richard, decided to move their chocolate manufacturing business from inner city Birmingham to a fourteen and a half-acre site in open Warwickshire countryside, about 3 miles from the city.
In 1900 George Cadbury founded Bournville Village Trust, a charitable organisation set up to ensure development and maintenance of the Estate which was well considered and planned to preserve it for future generations.
The founding of the Trust made the change from a building estate into the development of a village community. Shops, places of worship, open spaces, sports facilities, community buildings and schools were included to form a new model village.
The idea was to create a traditional English country village, with its communal buildings grouped around a village green. The green is part of the Bournville Village Conservation Area, which was originally designated in 1971 and is now internationally recognised.
With a talk and tour of Selly Manor and Bounville Village we will be able to see how the Cadbury family changed and developed the area.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:30am, Hereford 10:00am, Ross on Wye 10:30 am. With time for lunch en-route before the tour.
Depart at 4:30pm and travel back to Ross at 7:00pm, Hereford at 6:30pm and then Leominster at 7:00pm.