Henry Jones (baker)
|Died||July 12, 1891
Court House, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, Wales
|Known for||Inventing self-raising flour|
Henry Jones (1812 – 12 July 1891) was a baker in Bristol, England, who was responsible in 1845 for inventing self-raising flour. He established a family business called Henry Jones (Bristol) Ltd. His flour meant that hard tack could have been removed from sailors of the British Navy but the admiralty resisted for some years.
Jones was born in Monmouth, Wales and established a bakery in Broadmead, Bristol. He was granted a patent for self-raising flour in 1845, and by the end of 1846 its runaway success led to him being appointed purveyor of patent flour and biscuits to Queen Victoria. He was granted a patent in the USA on 1 May 1849, and in 1852 the first gold medal for the new flour was issued to a Chicago firm using the Bristol formula.
It took Jones some years to convince the British Admiralty of the benefits of using the new flour in preference to the hard biscuits to which sailors were accustomed. Jones emphasised the benefits to the sailors of having fresh bread throughout their voyages. Finally, in 1855, his flour was approved for use of participants in the Crimean War, partly at the behest of Florence Nightingale.
- "http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=UBVAAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA409&dq=henry+jones+baker+flour&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LFVWT-HCEMKm0QXvuen3CQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=henry%20jones%20baker%20flour&f=false". The Lancet London vol 2 p.409. 1845.
- Henry Jones Limited (Bristol) 1961[dead link]
- Some Memorial Inscriptions, Caldicot, Monmouthshire
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