(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.