The story began with the establishment of S Parkinson and Son (Doncaster) Limited Manufacturing Confectioner by Samuel Parkinson a confectioner, tea dealer and grocer at 50 High Street, Doncaster, in 1817.
Parkinson’s Original Royal Butterscotch – Made in Doncaster.
There are many interesting documents relating to the history of the firm at Doncaster Archives including references to the company’s support of the troops during the First World War. Parkinson’s made packages to be sent out to men serving at the front. These included pork, veal, ham and game pies and ‘Xmas fancies and fancy boxes of chocolate’.
Councillor Bill Mordue, cabinet member for Business, Skills, Tourism & Culture, said: “Businesses in Doncaster make many fantastic products and it is great to be able to celebrate the anniversary of this well-known treat. Doncaster Council is proud of our borough’s business community and we work hard to do all we can to support it and encourage further growth. We are also proud of our borough’s fascinating and varied history which Doncaster Heritage Services does a great job of sharing with visitors to our museums and archives. From the tale of the creation of one of the nation’s best loved treats to the building of the record breaking steam locomotive Mallard and life in an 18th century country house our museums bring history to life.”