The picturesque village of Bournville, often associated with the Cadbury family and chocolate, has been described as “one of the nicest places to live in Britain.” areas.
In the early 19th century, Bournville consisted of a few farms and cottages, with the Georgian built Bournbrook Hall at its centre. In 1861, Quakers George and Richard Cadbury moved their father’s expanding cocoa and chocolate business from central Birmingham to the green fields of south Birmingham.
The brothers named the area Bournville after Bournbrook Hall, using the French word ‘ville’ meaning town. In 1893, George Cadbury bought 120 acres of land close to the factory, aiming to alleviate “the evils of modern more cramped living conditions.”
By 1900, a model village had sprung up, with 313 cottages and houses built consisting of large gardens and modern interiors.