Occupations – George Dinnis, Confectioner

When I first read the England Census for 1881, it said that my great grandfather’s  occupation was a confectioner. I assumed this meant he made and sold sweets, but it turns out not to be the case.

George Dinnis 1853-1906

George Dinnis 1853-1906

On reading the booklet ‘Townsfolk of Biggleswade’ there is more information regarding confectioners.

Chapter 6 Butchers, Bakers and Confectioners from Townsfolk of Biggleswade

Chapter 6 Butchers, Bakers and Confectioners from Townsfolk of Biggleswade

The text states: “Most bakers were also confectioners relating to cakes and pastries; not to be confused with sweet shops. Those who described themselves as confectioners usually baked bread, this being the staple diet of most customers.” So, George Dinnis probably baked bread, cakes and pastries.

About Jackie Dinnis

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3 Responses to Occupations – George Dinnis, Confectioner

  1. Either way it sounds yummy! They would have used real ingredients back then! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Occupations – Great Grand-Aunt Fanny was a Milliner | Meeting my family

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