Together with his younger brother George he took over the family business in 1861 and in 1878 they acquired 14 acres (57,000 m²) of land in open country, four miles (6 km) south of Birmingham where they opened a new factory in 1879. Over the following years, more land was acquired and a model village was built for his workers which became known as Bournville.
Cadbury died on 22 March 1899 in Jerusalem, aged 63.
In 1905 the executors of Cadbury's estate distributed £40,000 to various charities including £10,000 to the Temperance Hospital in London.
His wife Emma died in 1907 after falling down some stairs while at sea on the Empress of India.
- "Moseley Hall". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- ""Mr, Richard Cadbury's Will - Munificent Bequests". Gloucester Journal. 25 March 1905. p. 1.
- Williams, I. A. "Cadbury, George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32232. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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