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Correspondence Address:

The Stables

Bilton Hall



Y026 7NP

Registered Office:

4th Floor
10, South Parade

Registered in England

No.  991764

Established 1970

Charity Registration No. 262107

Site updated: 22 August, 2016

Revision: 1.6

Welcome to the The George A. Moore Foundation

George Albert Moore was born at the Mitre public house in Knaresborough in 1928 where his father was landlord.  On leaving the local Secondary Modern School in 1945 he formed his first company - a joinery and coach-building business located in Cottingley near Bingley, West Yorkshire.   From these small beginnings the company continued to expand from the manufacture of prepared joinery for the maintenance of Local Authority Housing to the manufacture of high quality kitchen furniture.

Mr.  Moore’s success and entrepreneurial flair soon necessitated the company to move to larger premises which he purchased on the derelict wartime Royal Ordnance Factory site at Thorp Arch near Wetherby, but he also saw the potential for the rest of this 425 acre site which he later purchased and which is now known as Thorp Arch Trading Estate.

The George A. Moore Foundation was founded in 1970 by Mr. Moore, initially as a welfare fund for the hundreds of people he employed in his factories.  The Foundation’s funds were greatly enhanced in 1987 when Mr. Moore sold his business and today, this well respected Grant Making charity continues to operate from the monies which were privately invested by the Moore family.

Mr. Moore and his wife Elizabeth are now enjoying a well-earned retirement at their home on the Isle of Man.

Over the years the Foundation has provided £millions of much needed support to hundreds of charitable organisations, both large and small, operating in many different spheres - from education to health and the armed forces to community and sporting projects.

The Foundation is now concentrating its efforts almost exclusively in Yorkshire and the Isle of Man.