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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...

Rowntree’s Park, Birthday Party Event 20th July 2014

Come and see us at the Rowntree’s Park Birthday Party, Sunday 20th July 2014 1-4pm. We will bring a selection of Rowntree’s memories donated as part of our oral history project, “York  Remembers Rowntree”. You will also be able to have a go at three of the tests used by the Rowntree’s factory 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...

Prototype Chocolates?

One of the most amazing parts of being involved in an Oral History Project is the generosity of people in sharing their Rowntree’s stories and objects. Last week I was lucky enough to visit a lady who had a rather special collection of plaster chocolates! During her childhood, her father worked for Rowntree’s more »< Read More...

More than a hundred years of Rowntree history…

By Jaanika Reinvald. Last Tuesday the “York Remembers Rowntree” oral history project volunteers had a unique opportunity to visit a museum of Rowntree memorabilia that displays objects from Victorian times to today. It’s a truly  impressive collection of more than 100,000 objects, including a large variety of chocolate tins and boxes, many still 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 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...