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(1728 – 1787)

Joseph Fry saw opportunities in chocolate making when it was still a new product, which lead to one of the most successful chocolate companies in history.

Born into a family of Quakers in Wiltshire, he qualified as a physician and opened an apothecary shop in Small Street when he was 20.

He began selling chocolate for medicinal purposes in 1756.  Five years later he bought a patent and recipes from the apothecary business of the late Walter Churchman.  When he died the business passed to his wife  Anna and son Joseph Storrs Fry.