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Appeal for Information- the location of a WWI memorial

At The Rowntree Society we frequently get phone calls asking if we can help identify something or provide further information about a specific aspect of the Rowntree’s story. We always like to help where we can, but we are drawing a bit of a blank with this. So we hope that you can more »< Read More...

First World War, Rowntrees and workers

Joseph Rowntree’s reaction to the outbreak of war was a fear of jingoism and a concern for the reconstruction of society to improve present conditions in order to improve the welfare of the population into the future. All of Seebohm Rowntree’s efforts in WW1 were bound up with welfare and reconstruction. At the behest of Lloyd more »< Read More...

Rowntree’s Private Railway

The railway access to the Rowntree’s factory at Haxby Road came from the Foss Island Branch of the NER. In 1895 Rowntree’s had bought one locomotive and had one-and-a-half miles of standard gauge track. The locomotive was bought second-hand on the 20th December 1890 from Hudswell Clarke and was called ‘Marshall”. This was more »< Read More...

Cocoa Works Brass Band

Formed in 1903, the Rowntree’s Brass Band was an important part of factory identity. The 16th edition of the Cocoa Works Magazine (June 1903) has an entry marking the formation of the band. It has been suggested that the formation of a Brass Band in connection with the Works would be welcomed by more »< Read More...

The Haxby Road Factory

In 1890 Joseph Rowntree bought 29 acres of land off Haxby Road and began to build a new modern industrial complex. This complex was to house the manufacture of gum products and was sited with a main entrance onto Wigginton Road and a smaller pedestrian footpath access from Haxby Road.In 1899 an additional more »< Read More...

Rowntree Mackintosh Ltd.

Rowntree’s merged with Mackintosh’s, a company originating in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1969 to become Rowntree Mackintosh. John Mackintosh and Co. brought with them Rolo, Munchies, Caramac and Quality Street. The company went public in 1987, and was the subject of a takeover battle between Nestlé and Jacobs Suchard in 1988. Nestlé eventually won control with an more »< Read More...

Joseph Terry

Sir Joseph Terry (1828-1898) was an English industrialist born in York. Educated at St. Peter’s School, York, he took over his father’s confectionery business with his two brothers in 1854. The business was incorporated as Joseph Terry and Sons Ltd. in 1895. Sir Joseph Terry served as the Lord Mayor of York on more »< Read More...

Nestlé, York

Nestlé is a Swiss multinational food and beverage company headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues. It acquired Rowntree Mackintosh Ltd. in 1988. External links http://www.nestle.co.uk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nest Read More...

Rowntree Company Chairmen after Joseph Rowntree

1923 Seebohm Rowntree 1941 George Harris 1952 William Wallace 1957 Lloyd Owen 1966 Donald Barron 1981 Kenneth Di Read More...

Company Management, Enlightened

The Rowntree company was a known to be a pioneer for business models and ‘enlightened’ company management. For the practical comforts of the workforce, in 1885, when the business was barely surviving, Joseph Rowntree used his own money to start a library for his employees, deducting a penny a week from their wages more »< Read More...