Charles Henry Foyle

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Charles Henry Foyle (died 9 December 1948 [1]) was the inventor of the folding carton and founder of Boxfoldia in Birmingham, England, in 1920; a company that was finally sold in 2003.

In 1940, he put £7,000 into a trust for general charitable objectives, including medical and educational facilities and housing for the working classes. Trustees were drawn from the City Council, the University of Birmingham and from the founder’s family, and additional advisors were nominated from the company. The trust had an annual income of £5,500 by 1952.[2] The C.H. Foyle Trust later adapted its memorandum to support educational, recreational and artistic activities of a charitable nature, with an emphasis on those from deprived areas in the West Midlands, with an income of £148,683 in 2008.[3] Over its 70 years the Trust supported many individuals and schools and hundreds of charitable organisations, in both educational and other fields, with grants ranging from a few tens to many thousands of pounds. Major beneficiaries have included the Midlands Arts Centre, the Bramall Music Building at the University of Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery for the Staffordshire Hoard, and Selly Oak Hospital for the Uli Nimptsch statue, Compassion.

Charles Henry Foyle was the brother of William and Gilbert Foyle, founders of Foyles bookshop in London. He privately published Alice Through The Paper-Mill, [4] an Alice In Wonderland inspired satire on war-time paper control regulations with 12 illustrations by Arthur Wragg.


  1. ^ Food Manufacture, Volume 23, Issue 1. Morgan Grampian. 1948. p. 87. 
  2. ^ "British History Report". Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Charity overview". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ [Birmingham: C. H. Foyle of Boxfoldia, 1940]