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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...

Hungate

Referred to by Seebohm Rowntree in 1901 in Poverty: A study of town life as, “one of the main slum districts in York.” As the population of York trebled between 1801 and 1901, with the influx of immigrants, the living conditions of the area suffered, with a high rate of water-borne diseases. References Benjamin Seebohm more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree’s 1904 Memorandum

A first draft of a Memorandum on the proposed Trust, marked ‘Exceedingly Private’, took the form of a paper to Joseph Rowntree’s advisers. Some of his intentions were expressed as questions; examples of possible initiatives were given; relations with the Rowntree Company were left uncertain since the form and amount of the property more »< Read More...

Trebitsch-Lincoln

Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln (1879-1943) was a Hungarian and a Jewish adventurer who spent parts of his life as a Protestant missionary, Anglican priest, British Member of Parliament for Darlington, convicted fraudster, German right-wing politician and spy, and Buddhist abbot in China. External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Trebitsch-Linc 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...

John Woolman

John Woolman (1720-1772) was a North American itinerant Quaker preacher and early abolitionist. He came to England in 1772 to garner Quaker support for the abolition of slavery. He is buried in the Quaker Burial Ground on Cromwell Road. External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wool Read More...

Friends Provident Institution

Founded in 1832 in Bradford by Joseph Rowntree and Samuel Tuke as the Friends Provident Institution, a friendly society for members of the Religious Society of Friends, it continues to this day with the name Friends Life. In 1845 it became a mutual life assurance company. Today there is no formal link between more »< Read More...

John Bowes Morrell

John Bowes Morrell (1873-1963) joined Rowntree’s Cocoa Works at age 17, an apprenticeship set up by his father, William Morrell, at the same time as a loan of £10,000 from the County Bank to finance the move of the factory to Haxby Road. He became Director at age 25. He also helped found more »< Read More...