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