©  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: August 18, 2019
Webpage updated: January 04, 2020




Mr Charles Arthur Goodbody. a Quaker, originally from Tullamore, in Ireland, founded the Plymouth bakery and confectioners' business that in due course became Messrs C A and W Goodbody Limited.

Charles was educated at Bootham School, York.  At the age of 21 he and a younger brother, Mr Walter Cecil Goodbody, then aged 17, were boarding with Mr William Goodbody, a tobacco manufacturer, at 9 Beach Lawn, Great Crosby, Lancashire.  They were both clerks but they may not have been employed in the tobacco business.  There was no further trace of them until 1901, when they appear in the census as tea and coffee dealer and café proprietor respectively.

In fact, in 1893, 41-years-old Mr Charles Arthur Goodbody had taken over the premises at number 5 George Street, Plymouth, that formerly belonged to Messrs T R Bond and Company, tea and coffee dealers.  There he opened Plymouth's first café as opposed to a restaurant.  He was living at 7 Southview Terrace, Hartley Avenue, Compton.  Four or five years later he moved the café to 45 George Street and was then joined in the business by his brother Walter Cecil Goodbody (1864-1950).  In 1900 they opened a café at number 20 Bedford Street.  The business expanded to the extent that before the Second World War they had a bakery in Mill Street and retail premises at 19/20 Bedford Street, 45 George Street, and 49 Mutley Plain.  They also rented the Hoe Tea Pavilion.

Mr Charles Arthur Goodbody died on Tuesday December 20th 1938 at the age of 79.  He was survived by his widow, and three daughters, Mrs E Bonville Fox, Doctor N C Goodbody and Mrs R C Brown.  He was buried at Efford Cemetery on December 23rd 1938.  His widow, Mrs Ruth C Goodbody, died Saturday April 15th 1944 at the age of 76.

Mr Walter Cecil Goodbody, of "Woodhaye", Ivybridge, Devon, remained as managing director of the firm until shortly before his death on Tuesday May 2nd 1950.  His wife died in 1948.  They had no family.  He was buried at Efford Cemetery on Saturday May 6th 1950.

In 1954 Messrs C A and W Goodbody Limited was acquired by Messrs Wales and South-Western Bakeries Limited, a subsidiary of Messrs Allied Bakeries Limited.