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Maynards, manufacturing and retail confectioners, of London, makers of Maynard's Wine Gums

1879 Sarah Maynard married James Healey, a confectioner, in Canonbury; Healey was living in Balls Pond Road, with the Maynards at the time[1]

1880 Sarah's younger brothers, Charles Riley and Thomas, started manufacturing sweets in their kitchen in London.

1880 Charles Riley Maynard, was a confectioner of 93 High St., Stoke Newington[2]

1881 Charles and Thomas were still living with their parents in the Balls Pond Road; they both gave their occupations as "confectioner"; Sarah and her husband, James Healey, who was a confectioner's journeyman, were living in Hackney; their brother, William, also a confectioner, and his family were living in Hackney[3]

Over the next 15 years, the Maynard Brothers built up a substantial business making and selling confectionery through their own shops. William became a foreman confectioner[4]

1896 Maynards Ltd was incorporated as a public company to acquire the retail and wholesale businesses and factories of Charles Riley Maynard and Thomas Maynard. Charles Riley Maynard was managing director. About 50 premises in London, Brighton, Newcastle upon Tyne and elsewhere, including 2 factories, were acquired from Thomas Maynard; 6 premises, including 2 factories, were acquired from Charles (trading as Maynard Brothers).[5]

1934 The business had retail sites in many parts of London

1939 Charles Riley's sons, Charles Gordon Maynard, Alfred Amos Maynard and Joseph Douglas Maynard, were all directors of confectionery and chocolate businesses[6]

1956 After the death of Alfred, his son Alan R. Maynard became join managing director with Joseph Douglas Maynard [7]

1984 A sweet, toys and newsagent business; planned to sell the 133 shops in the newsagent/sweet shop chain[8]

1985 Taken over by Ward White who sold the confectionery business (to Trebor)[9] and other properties, leaving the 80 Zodiac toy shops[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish records
  2. Commercial Post Office Directory
  3. 1881 census
  4. 1891 census
  5. The Times Tuesday, Mar. 24, 1896
  6. 1939 register
  7. The Times Nov. 16, 1956
  8. The Times Jan. 6, 1984
  9. The Times Dec. 20, 1985
  10. The Times May 5, 1986