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Title: Out of Rexville : G.F. Lovell and the South Wales confectionery industry, c. 1830-c. 1940
Author: Pincombe, Ian Michael.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3490 7848
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Cardiff,
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 1999
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South Wales's confectionery industry stands in the shadows of the awesome quarternion of coal, iron, tinplate and steel, industries that have long needed companionship as custodians of the region's industrial heritage. What follows is in part an attempt to relieve them of this heavy burden. Confectionery's role in the endeavour is considered in the Introduction and Afterword. However, its influence on civic, political, social, economic, business and cultural life in south Wales (and beyond) merits examination per se; confectionery's imprint was greater than is suggested by the numbers it employed or the tonnage it manufactured. PartI tracesi ts emergencea ndd evelopmenti n southW ales,f rom the early-nineteenthc entury to the beginning of the Second World War. Certain of its component parts are anatomised in the second, thematic section of the thesis, which begins with a survey of its three main branches - production, wholesale and retail. The nature of work, the significance of gender, the centrality of advertising and the hallowed place of welfare and philanthropy are considered summatively in a national context and analytically within the world of south Wales. An Epilogue reveals how confectionery advanced( or regressed)a fter the SecondW orld War. The emergence and advancement of south Wales confectionery is examined principally through the lens of one individual and company. G. F. Lovell -a twice-married Welsh-born `selfmade man', entrepreneur, Baptist, Liberal, Freemason, Rotarian, philanthropist, straddler of two monarchical reigns and two world wars - was the region's most prominent figure, his firm the most important. In many respects, the history of south Wales confectionery is his history. On the other hand, Lovell was not the only actor on the stage: a plethora of almost equally influential entrepreneurs and wholesalers (along with hundreds of industry-based workers and thousands of retailers) illuminate their and our various histories.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History