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News: Audio-post at Rowntree Park

To celebrate the first birthday of the project, we launched our interactive audio-listening post in Rowntree Park, featuring eight highlighted memories recorded by local residents over the past year.  This post is still available for all to enjoy. Come and select a memory, turn the dial, crank the handle and listen to a unique piece more »< Read More...

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...

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...

Rowntree’s Jelly classics – Tomato Ratatouille

By Jaanika Reinvald. In honour of the Diamond Jubilee in 1983 the Rowntree factory published a booklet with a selection of its best jelly recipes. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to browse through the recipes and one in particular caught my attention. Having grown up in Estonia where meat jelly is one more »< Read More...

The Rowntree Society Collection

As the “York Remembers Rowntree” oral history project has been active, we have received a number of wonderful donations from interviewees, families and members of the public. This provide a fabulously personal account of Rowntree’s and we would like to thank everyone who has given us items. I have started to photograph these more »< Read More...

Yearsley Swimming Baths

The “New Yearsley Baths” was opened on May 4th 1909 by the Right Honourable Alderman James Birch, Lord Mayor of York. Originally the company swimming baths, it was designed by Fred Rowntree in 1908 at a cost approaching £3,000. The original design held 226,890 gallons of water and measured 144 feet long by 51 feet more »< Read More...

New Earswick Primary School

In 1904, Joseph Rowntree set up the Joseph Rowntree Village Trust to manage the new housing development in New Earswick. The village included a ‘non-provided’ school – a partnership between the local authority (which oversaw the education of the children) and the Trust (which funded, designed and constructed the buildings). New Earswick Elementary more »< Read More...

New Earswick

The foundations of a Garden Village were laid down by Joseph Rowntree in 1901 when he acquired 123 acres of land near the village of Earswick outside York. In 1902, he commissioned the established partnership of Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin to become the architects for the village of New Earswick. Experimental building more »< Read More...