January 31, 1869
Joseph Wiper made a mistake boiling sugar for some confectionery he was making…. as with many of the best inventions, it was born in error, and low and behold Kendal Mint Cake was born!
May 31, 1914
Sam T Clarke opens his sweet shop and wholesale confectionery business in Kendal. He was invalided out of the First World War, and when unable to obtain supplies of Kendal Mint Cake, he purchased an old recipe and started a confectionery manufacturing business. The company name “George Romney Ltd” was created from Kendal’s association with the famous portrait painter and the family home being on Romney Road.
September 1, 1939
The breakout of WWII brings major implications for confectioners, with food rationing quickly put in place by the Government. ‘Sweet Rationing’ would last 14 years until 1953! During this period sweets were rationed to 16 oz per month.
March 31, 1952
George Romney Ltd were sent a letter by a member of the British Mount Everest Expedition 1953, after seeing an advert for their Mint Cake in a climbing magazine. They requested 38lbs of Mint Cake to take with them as part of their High Altitude Rations. This had to be approved by the Ministry of Foods as food rationing was still in place at this time.
May 29, 1953
At 11.30am on the 29th May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sirdar Tenzing from the British Expedition, conquered Mt Everest. With regards the Mint Cake they had taken, a member of the team wrote “it was easily the most popular item in our high altitude ration packs – our only criticism is that we did not have enough of it”.
January 1, 1958
The daughter of Sam T Clarke, Sylvia Barron, and her husband Sidney Barron take over the running of the family business. This would be the first change in management since the company was founded, and would see the business go from strength to strength.
December 1, 1969
Demand is high for Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake and more room is needed for their expanding wholesale and manufacturing business, so a move is made to bigger premises on Mintsfeet Trading Estate in Kendal.
October 12, 1970
A hitch in the confectionery’s growing worldwide demand – New York Customs refuse a consignment of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake as it was not the “cake” they were expecting and it was reportedly dumped in the Atlantic!
March 1, 1975
Brothers, Shane & Steve, take control of the business from their parents.
June 1, 1987
Romney’s buy the Wiper’s family business, the first producers of Kendal Mint Cake, from Harry Wiper. They start production of this special recipe mint cake at their Mintsfeet factory. This is still made to this day.
June 10, 1991
Romney’s scale back their wholesale business to concentrate on the growing demand for Mint Cake and other confectionery such as Hand Made Fudge and Treacle Toffee, that they are now producing.
October 1, 2012
John Barron takes control of the family business from his Managing Director father, Shane Barron.
June 1, 2016
Romney’s launch themselves into the 21st Century with a brand new website. Alongside this the company launches onto Facebook and Twitter in order to keep all our customers and fans bang up-to-date on what we are doing.