History made on ruins of Bromley Parish Church – 1941

Bromley Parish Church has played a significant role in the life of Bromley for over 800 years. The church was destroyed by a bomb on the night of 16 April 1941. Doubly unique Institution and Induction Ceremony on ruins of Parish Church. Impressive procession of Clergy and Laity. Task ahead: Rebuilding the Church. For the first time in the history of the Church of England a Vicar has been instituted in a Methodist building and inducted on the ruins of his Parish Church. Source: Bromley & District Times, 14th November…

Rowntree’s Cocoa: Advert from 1943

Rowntree’s is a British confectionery business founded at Castlegate, York by Henry Isaac Rowntree, when he purchased the already established Tukes’ cocoa and chocolate business. As a teetotal Quaker, he was able to add to the social side of the business: chocolate drinks were promoted as an alternative to alcohol for the working man. In 1869 he was joined in business by his brother Joseph, who developed Rowntree’s Elect Cocoa in 1887.  Marketed as ‘more than a drink, a food’, it proved extremely popular, resulting in the firm having to move to larger premises. Throughout much…