Confectionary king’s house to open to public

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THE former home of famed York confectionary king Noel Terry – who gave the Chocolate Orange to the world – is to be opened up by the National Trust to tell a new chapter in the city’s sweet heritage.

The trust plans to open Goddards, the home of Terry and his family from 1928, this summer, giving an insight into the lives of the Terrys and their significant contribution to York’s historic chocolate empire.

The house, on Tadcaster Road, is currently used by the National Trust as its regional offices.

Tourism chiefs say the move represents a significant step forward in the drive to brand York as “Britain’s Home of Chocolate” and showcase its proud confectionary history which stretches back more than 100 years.

Holly Brett, general manager for the National Trust’s York cluster of properties, said: “There are so many different stories to tell around the Terry family, their factory and their life in York – we plan to continually develop the visitor experience over the coming years.”

A planning application has been submitted to York Council, with an outcome due towards the end of April.

Part of the house will remain as National Trust offices.