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E road her footsteps slowed at the daunting thought of what lay ahead⦠From the 1930s through to the 1980s as Britain endured war depression hardship and strikes the women at the Rowntree's factory in York kept the chocolates coming This is the true story of The Sweethearts the women who roasted the cocoa beans piped the icing This book surprised m as I thought it was pure fiction and having read some similar books before about characters that worked at places such as the Tate Lyle and Bourneville factories was looking forward to it In fact this book is stories about real people that worked for Rowntrees over the years and these were weaved into the Rowntree story itself how it started as a family business grew to become York s largest employer keeping the family feel until it was eventually taken over by Nestle It includes details of when main products such as Kit Kat Black Magic Smarties were introduced and how they were packaged marketed Also referenced a lot is the Rowntrees forward thinking approach for the time to looking after their employees by providing things such as bonus scheme medical care extended education As well as talking about products people the book also went into detail about how the products were actually made the level of automation that exists today all used to be done by hand bloody hard work in many cases boring at time for a 12 hour shift The ladies that worked at Rowntrees many now in their 80s had been interviewed and there was much of their home lives detailed in the book too A reminder of how tough things were for many with slum housing war rations etc The research into writing this book must have been extensive but really paid off with the level of detail that the writers were able to go into A fascinating inspiring read

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The Sweethearts

And packed the boxes that became gifts for lovers snacks for workers and treats for children across the country More often than not their working days provided welcome relief from bad husbands and bad housing a community where they could find new confidence friendship and when the supervisor wasn't looking the occasional chocolate The stories of five ladies who spent all or most of their working lives at the Rowntree factory in York As a chocoholic I was intrigued by this and as the ladies all worked there at different times and different parts of the works it was interesting to read of their experiences of their working lives for the company In addition the authors have placed the ladies working lives very much in the context of the entirety of their lives so we get to read about their childhood why they decided to work where they did their first day at the works their married lives and their extended familiesSometimes these memoirs can be a bit samey but this was very goodHanding on to my Mum who has expressed an interest in reading it

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Whether in wartime or peace tales of love laughter and hardship from the girls in the Rowntrees factory in Yorkshire On a warm Monday morning in 1932 just two days after leaving school fourteen year old Madge was about to join her nine brothers and sisters at Rowntree's The smell of chocolate was in the air but as she walked up th I m not sure what made me pick up this book It s not my usual type of reading material being sort of a collection of memories of women who worked at the Rowntrees chocolate factory in the 1930s to 1990s by which time it was Nestl and a description of the ethics of the factory and the changing times especially pertaining to women in workIt was uite an eye opening if slow read much like listening to the reminiscing of your Nan I don t have one nicely condensed and put in chronological order And also I could leave the story for several hours and get on with life without feeling rude I really enjoyed it though I may be a bit biased by that I will be visiting York where the factory is in a short while


10 thoughts on “The Sweethearts

  1. says:

    Charming memoirs of the girls who worked in the Rowntree's factory in York I loved hearing about the different perspectives that were worlds apart yet surprisingly similar The girls all went straight to the factory after they finished at school and had no idea what to expect except for the fact that some of their families were already working there The pay was good but the hours were long and relentless and the only thing that got the gir

  2. says:

    I'm not sure what made me pick up this book It's not my usual type of reading material being sort of a collection of memories of women who worked at the Rowntrees chocolate factory in the 1930s to 1990s by which time it was Nestlé and a description of the ethics of the factory and the changing times especially pertainin

  3. says:

    2019 bk 393 The Sweethearts covers the years from the 1930's up to the 1980's through the eyes of several women who worked at the Rowntree Chocolate Candy Factory in York England Most of these women started work at the company in their early teen years from 14 to 16 and stayed with the company through most of their working life The

  4. says:

    enjoyed reading this booki love local history and it was well written

  5. says:

    This book surprised m as I thought it was pure fiction and having read some similar books before about characters that worked at plac

  6. says:

    The story of the women and girls who worked at the Rowntree’s chocolate factory in York United Kingdom A social history which explores the lives of ordinary women who worked for the giant Rowntree company It tells how although the work was hard and often physically demanding the women generally appreciated the time away from husbands and

  7. says:

    There was fun and also some struggles for the young women employed in the very poor area of York Rowntree is reknowned for its chocolate and

  8. says:

    I love visiting England and this story brings up a lot of the things I enjoy about that societyThis book isn’t so much about a chocolate company and the folks who worked there during the last 100 years as it is about the community and society that drove a city and region because of that chocolate company and its customs

  9. says:

    The stories of five ladies who spent all or most of their working lives at the Rowntree factory in York As a chocoholic I was intrigu

  10. says:

    This is an interesting history that takes you back to a time where local industry dominated and provided for a community and helped create a community I enjoyed reading it and it certainly spoke a case for keeping local industry and not outsourcing all our production to third world countries I like books that open the doors to another world and the lives within it and this does I would rather read these than the homogenized pablu

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