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The Fry Chocolate Family


                   At Frenchay Village Museum we have a permanent display about

              the great chocolate manufacturers, J.S. Fry & Sons. Although they

              were a Bristol Company that relocated to Keynsham, Joseph Storrs

              Fry (and his sons) lived in Grove House, Frenchay, from 1800 until

              his death in 1835, and he is buried in the Quaker burial ground here.

              Later, his great-grandson Cecil Fry lived in the same house. He was

              the last of the family to head the firm, and he died here in 1952. There

              are other links to the Fry family through another Great-grandson

              Francis Macgregor Fry.




             The business was founded in Bristol by Joseph Fry (1728-1787), and

             we have on display the mortar and pestle originally used to grind the

             cocoa beans. In1847 Fry's invented the chocolate bar, and chocolate

             changed from being a drink to being something you ate. Fry's displayed

             their new invention at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and one of those

             original 160 year-old chocolate bars is on display in the museum.





                       Ninety years ago Fry's moved from Bristol to Keynsham.  The

                ceremonial mason's tools used by Cecil Fry to lay a foundation

                stone marking the transfer, is another object we have on display.

                But it isn't all chocolate - Cecil's son David built a record breaking

                racing car the Freikaiserwagen, which is featured in our display,

                and his other son Jeremy founded Rotork, and engineering

                company in Bath. Rotork developed the original bagless vacuum

                cleaner, the Cyclon, which failed due to patent problems, but the

                engineer in charge of the project took the idea away, and produced

                a better version that avoided the patent issues. He was James Dyson -

                however, it's an original Rotork Cyclon that we have on display.




       Read more about the Fry Family in our book JS Fry & Sons