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Fox's Biscuits

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Fox's Biscuits is a British biscuit manufacturer

1853 Founded by the Fox family in a terrace house in Whitaker Street, Batley in West Yorkshire and the head office and main factory are still based in the town with two further sites at Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, and at Kirkham in Lancashire. Its biscuits are also exported to Europe, North America and the Far East. The house in Whittater Street still stands though no marker is in place to record its place in the company's history.

The company was founded in 1853, by Michael Spedding, who worked from his small bakehouse in Batley making "eatables" to sell at feasts and fairs held throughout the north of England. His daughter Hannah provided the name for the company, after she married Fred Ellis Fox in the late 1800s.

The bakery moved to former wartime allotments in Batley in 1927 in the 1920s.

In 1960 it became a limited company and was named Fox's Biscuits.

1977 The company was purchased by Northern Foods

In September 2013, the Yorkshire Society unveiled a White Rose plaque at the site of the first bakery on Whitaker Street: the first time that the Society presented a plaque to commemorate the formation of a business

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